112 West Main Street
P.O. Box 111
Orange, Virginia 22960
1-540-672-3313

CHAPTER 54 – SUBDIVISION ORDINANCE

Sec. 54-1. – Title.

The provisions contained herein shall officially be known, cited, and referred to as the Orange County Subdivision Ordinance, or “this Ordinance.”

Sec. 54-2. – Purpose.

The purpose of this Ordinance is to:

  1. Promote the public health, safety, convenience, and general welfare of the citizenry by providing comprehensive procedures for the orderly division and resulting development of land;
  2. Facilitate a clear, consistent, and unambiguous public record and chain of title;
  3. Ensure that all improvements and utilities associated with development are installed and maintained so as not to be an undue burden on the County and its citizens;
  4. Protect the functionality and integrity of the state primary and secondary road networks;
  5. Provide standards to ensure safe and reliable access to and from the state road network;
  6. Comport with good planning and zoning practice, and complement the Orange County Zoning Ordinance; and to
  7. Realize consistency with the vision, goals, objectives, and strategies set forth in the Comprehensive Plan.

Sec. 54-3. – Authority.

This Ordinance is adopted and administered pursuant to § 15.2-2240 et seq. of the Code of Virginia.

Sec. 54-4. – Applicability.

The provisions of this Ordinance shall apply to all property within the jurisdictional limits of Orange County, including any part of which that may be under water, unless specifically superseded by state or federal law. This Ordinance shall not apply to any property within the jurisdictional limits of the Town of Orange or the Town of Gordonsville.

Sec. 54-5. – Rules of Ordinance Construction.

The provisions contained within this Ordinance are intended to protect and promote public interests, and shall be liberally construed in furtherance of these interests and of the stated purpose. Additionally, the following rules shall apply to the construction of this Ordinance unless they would be contrary to the stated purpose or where context clearly indicates otherwise:

  1. All references to other regulations, guidelines, manuals, standards, etc. are to the most current version adopted or approved by the agency or body responsible for such.
  2. The word “current” means the point during which the matter is under consideration.
  3. The word “days” means calendar days, unless otherwise specifically stated.
  4. Distance and area measurements referenced herein shall be in the two-dimensional, horizontal plane.
  5. Standards for improvements that may be specified herein or referenced elsewhere shall constitute the minimum standards. Nothing in this Ordinance shall be construed to prohibit exceeding of any minimum standard.

Sec. 54-6. – Definitions.

The following definitions shall apply in the administration of this Ordinance:

Alley. A travelway not intended for general traffic circulation which provides a secondary means of access to the rear and/or side of a property fronting on roads. An alley shall not be considered a road.

Applicant. Any person, including successors and assigns, submitting plats and other materials for review and approval pursuant to these regulations.

Block. A collection or grouping of lots within a common plan of development which are distinctly separated by roads or open space from other collections or groupings of lots within the development.

Board (of Supervisors). The Board of Supervisors of Orange County, Virginia.

Bond. A financial/performance guarantee in which the surety agent and/or obligor pledge a sum of money or other form of collateral as assurance that improvements will be completed as required by this Ordinance, or permit the County (the obligee) to collect the committed money/collateral from the surety agent and/or obligor should the obligor fail to construct the improvements or otherwise meet the terms of the contract.

Boundary line adjustment. Any realignment of property lines between contiguous lots that neither creates new lots or reduces the number of existing lots.

Boundary survey. A plat showing the metes and bounds of an existing lot of record.

Building. Any structure having a roof supported by columns or walls, for the housing or enclosure of persons, animals, or property.

Circuit Court. The Circuit Court of Orange County, Virginia.

Code of Virginia. All provisions of Title 15.2, Chapter 22 of the Code of Virginia, as amended.

Commission. See “Planning Commission.”

Common area. Any property, which may include open space as defined herein, and accompanying physical improvements within a development which is owned by a property owners’ association for the use of residents/members as a shared amenity.

Common plan of development. Any site, including those consisting of several contiguous lots under common ownership, where multiple separate and distinct construction activities may be taking place at different times on different schedules, but still under a single plan. For the purposes of this Ordinance, this definition shall include any subdivision with shared infrastructure, such as a road.

Comprehensive Plan. The long-term planning document(s) adopted by the Board pursuant to the Code of Virginia.

Contiguous. Sharing a common boundary.

County. Orange County, Virginia.

County Code. The Code of Ordinances of Orange County adopted by the Board of Supervisors.

County Attorney. The Orange County attorney or his/her designee so hired by the Board.

Cul-de-sac. Any dead-end road with an outlet at one end and a circular turnaround at the other.

Dam break inundation zone. The area downstream of a dam, having been mapped as provided in the Dam Safety Act within the Code of Virginia, that would be inundated by or otherwise directly affected by the failure of the dam.

Dedicate; dedicated. The fee simple transfer of land, such as a road right-of-way, to public use and ownership pursuant to § 15.2-2265 of the Code of Virginia.

Development. All improvements and manmade changes made to a given site, including any land disturbance, paving, buildings and other structures, signs, and the like.

Division. See “subdivision.”

Double frontage. The characteristic of a lot which has frontage upon two parallel roads or upon two roads which do not intersect at the boundaries of the lot.

Driveway. A privately-maintained vehicular travelway not otherwise considered a “road” as defined herein, which serves no more than two (2) total lots.

Easement. A reservation or grant by a property owner, which is defined via an executed deed and/or plat, to either retain or provide to others the right to use a defined portion of the owner’s property for a specific purpose. This does not include a “license” which is otherwise revocable by a unilateral act of the grantor.

Engineer. A person licensed by the Commonwealth of Virginia as a professional engineer.

Family, immediate. Any person who is a natural or legally-defined offspring, stepchild, spouse, sibling, grandchild, grandparent, or parent of a property owner.

Floodplain. Any portion of a property designated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) as being subject to inundation by the 1-percent-annual-chance flood event (or greater).

Frontage. The continuous uninterrupted distance along which a lot abuts an adjacent road, measured along the property line or at the required building setback distance.

Homeowners’ association. See “owners’ association.”

Land disturbance. Any activity involving the clearing, cutting, filling, excavating, or alteration of topography which is regulated by Chapter 26 (Erosion & Sediment Control) of the County Code.

Lot. A separate piece of land shown on a plat of record or described by metes and bounds or other legal description of record in the Circuit Court.

Lot, corner. A lot having two (2) frontages on abutting roads at their intersection.

Lot, pipestem. A lot whereby the majority of the property is set back from the road providing access, typically behind other lots which front on said road, and which receives access to the road via a narrow strip of the lot typically only wide enough to accommodate a driveway.

Lot, residual. The remainder of a lot after a subdivision has detached one or more lots.

Lot line, front. The boundary or boundaries of a lot common to the road right-of-way or easement from which the property is accessed. For corner lots, the front lot line for the purpose of determining orientation and access shall be whichever has the shorter frontage.

Lot line, rear. The boundary of a lot which is opposite of, and does not intersect, the front lot line. Irregular lots may have multiple rear lot lines, as determined by the Subdivision Agent.

Lot line, side. Any lot line which is not considered to be a front line or a rear line.

Monument. Any physical marker placed in or on the ground which indicates property boundaries.

Nonconformity, lawful. Any condition or situation pertaining to a piece of property that lawfully existed at a previous point in time, but due to amendment of the County Subdivision Ordinance and/or Zoning Ordinance or other action by a public entity, resulted in said condition or situation no longer conforming to the County Subdivision Ordinance and/or Zoning Ordinance.

Open space. An area containing water or land or a combination thereof that is unoccupied by building lots or roads, and which may be vegetated, developed with passive amenities for the benefit of the development, or left in an undisturbed state.

Owners’ association. An entity established pursuant to § 55-508 et seq. of the Code of Virginia, usually for the purpose of maintaining land or property owned in common by the owners of property in a subdivision.

Planning Commission. The Orange County, Virginia Planning Commission.

Plat. A schematic representation of a lot, subdivision, or other physical or legal condition of land drawn by a surveyor or engineer.

Plat, record. A plat prepared for recordation in the Circuit Court.

Plat, preliminary. A document, not prepared for recordation, containing a proposed subdivision plat and related improvements plans which depicts a planned subdivision and the accompanying development and improvement of the land.

Recreational area. Any common area of a development reserved for any active or passive outdoor activity or facility, including but not limited to sports fields; playgrounds; picnic areas; walking, horseback riding or bicycle trails; equestrian facilities; ball courts; fitness courses; fishing and boating facilities; swimming pools; and golf courses.

Right-of-way. A fee-simple piece of land dedicated to public use or owned by an owners’ association for the purpose of constructing and maintaining a road and other accompanying improvements such as sidewalks. This term shall be synonymous with “easement” when describing a right of access rather than a physical piece of property.

Road. A thoroughfare for vehicular traffic which serves three (3) or more lots, including all the area within an easement or right-of-way as the context may provide, and which may be interchangeable with other similar terms, but not “driveway” as otherwise defined.

Road, public. A road which is built to state standards (including, but not limited to, the Commonwealth Transportation Board’s Secondary Street Acceptance Requirements, VDOT Road and Bridge Standards, and VDOT Road Design Manual) approved to be maintained by VDOT as part of the state system of highways, and which is encompassed by a right-of-way dedicated to public use.

Road, private. A road built to standards contained herein which is not approved to be maintained by VDOT as part of the state system of highways, and which is maintained by individual owners/users of the road at no public expense, and which is contained within an access easement or private right-of-way owned by an owners’ association.

Serve or Served. As used in relation to roads and vehicular access, a lot shall be considered “served” by a given vehicular travelway if the lot is capable of accessing said travelway directly or via an easement.

Sidewalk. A paved pedestrian way built to prescribed standards which is typically adjacent to a road.

Subdivider. Any individual, partnership, corporation, or group, owning or having an interest in land, or representing the owners of any land proposing to subdivide such land.

Subdivision. The partition of any lot into two or more lots.

Subdivision Agent. The Director of Planning & Zoning, or other person so appointed by the Board, who has been vested with the authority to administer these regulations on behalf of the Board.

Subdivision, family. A division of a lot for the purpose of sale or gift to a member of the immediate family of the property owner.

Survey. A plat drawn based on current field observations for the purpose of determining the terrestrial or three-dimensional position of lot corners and boundary lines and/or physical improvements.

Surveyor. A person licensed by the Commonwealth of Virginia to survey land and prepare plats.

Turnaround. An area reserved at the terminus of a dead-end road for vehicles to reverse movement and proceed in the opposite direction.

VDH. The Virginia Department of Health.

VDOT. The Virginia Department of Transportation.

Zoning Ordinance. Chapter 70 (Zoning) of the County Code.

Sec. 54-7. – Amendments to this Ordinance.

  1. The procedure for amendments shall be pursuant to § 15.2-2251 and § 15.2-2253 of the Code of Virginia, provided that no amendment shall be adopted by the Board without a reference of the proposed amendment(s) to the Commission for recommendation, nor until sixty days after such reference, if no recommendation is made by the Commission.
  2. Prior to adoption of any amendment by the Board of Supervisors, public notice shall be given in accordance with § 15.2-2204 of the Code of Virginia.

Sec. 54-8. – Conflicting Regulations.

Whenever any section or provision of any federal or state statute or other County ordinance or regulation imposes higher standards than are required by this Ordinance, the provision of such statute, ordinance, or regulation shall govern. This shall also apply to conflicting provisions within this Ordinance.

Sec. 54-9. – Severability.

Should any section or provision of this Ordinance be decided by the courts to be unconstitutional or invalid, such decision shall not affect the validity of the Ordinance as a whole, or any part thereof, other than the part so held to be unconstitutional or invalid.

Sec. 54-10. – Pending Applications.

Any application for plat review submitted prior to April 25th, 2018 shall be reviewed pursuant to the adopted Subdivision Ordinance in effect at the time of submittal. However, if the submittal is deemed incomplete and the applicant fails to make the submittal complete within twelve (12) months of the County notification thereof, Sec. 54-21 shall be invoked and a new application along with new fees shall be required.

Sec. 54-11 – 54-15. – Reserved.

Sec. 1-1. – Designation and citation of Code.

The ordinances embraced in this and the following chapters and sections shall constitute and be designated the “Code of Ordinances, County of Orange, Virginia,” and may be so cited.

State law reference— Authority to codify ordinances, admissibility of Code as evidence in courts, Code of Virginia, § 15.2-1433.

Sec. 1-2. – Definitions and rules of construction.

In the construction of this Code and of all ordinances, the following rules shall be observed, unless such construction would be inconsistent with the manifest intent of the board of supervisors or the context clearly requires otherwise:

Board of supervisors. The term “board of supervisors” means the board of supervisors of the County of Orange, Virginia.

Code. The term “Code” means and refers to this Code of Ordinances, County of Orange, Virginia.

Code of Virginia. The term “Code of Virginia” means the Code of Virginia, 1950, as amended, including the latest edition or supplement unless otherwise indicated.

Computation of time. Whenever a notice is required to be given, or an act to be done, a certain length of time before any proceeding shall be had, the day on which such notice is given, or such act is done, may be counted in computing the time; but when a notice is required to be given, or other act to be done, within a certain time after any event or judgment, that time shall be allowed in addition to the day on which the event or judgment occurred. When the last day for any act to be done falls on a Saturday, Sunday or legal holiday, or any day on which the county offices are closed, the act may be done on the next day that is not a Saturday, Sunday or legal holiday, or day on which the county offices are closed.

County. The term “county” shall be construed as if the words “of Orange, Virginia,” followed it.

Gender. A word importing the masculine gender only may extend and be applied to females and to firms, partnerships and corporations as well as to males.

Highway; street. The terms “highway” and “street” include highways, streets, avenues, boulevards, roads, alleys, walkways, lanes, viaducts, bridges and approaches and all other public ways in the county and shall mean the entire width between the abutting property lines.

Joint authority. All words giving a joint authority to three or more persons or officers shall be construed as giving such authority to a majority of such persons or officers.

May. The term “may” is permissive.

Number. A word importing the singular number only may extend and be applied to several persons or things as well as to one person or thing. A word importing the plural number only may extend and be applied to one person or thing, as well as to several persons or things.

Oath. The term “oath” includes an affirmation in all cases in which, by law, an affirmation may be substituted for an oath.

Officers, employees, departments, boards, commissions, agencies. Any reference to an officer, employee, department, board, commission or agency shall be construed as if followed by the words “of the County of Orange, Virginia.”

Person. The term “person” may extend and be applied to associations, firms, partnerships and bodies politic and corporate as well as to individuals.

Preceding; following. The terms “preceding” and “following” mean next before and next after, respectively.

Shall. The term “shall” is mandatory.

State, commonwealth. The term “state” or “commonwealth” means the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Swear; sworn. The terms “swear” and “sworn” are equivalent to the terms “affirm” and “affirmed” in all cases in which by law an affirmation may be substituted for an oath.

Tense. Words used in the past or present tense include the future as well as the past and present.

Year. The term “year” means a calendar year.

State law reference— Similar provisions, Code of Virginia, § 1-13.33.

Sec. 1-3. – Catchlines of sections.

The catchlines of the several sections of this Code are intended as mere catchwords to indicate the contents of the section and shall not be deemed or taken to be titles of such sections, or any part of the section, nor, unless expressly so provided, shall they be so deemed when any of such sections, including the catchlines, are amended or reenacted.

Sec. 1-4. – References to chapters, articles, divisions or sections.

All references in this Code to chapters, articles, divisions or sections shall be to those chapters, articles, divisions or sections of the Code of Ordinances of the County of Orange, Virginia, unless otherwise specified.

Sec. 1-5. – History notes.

The history notes appearing in parentheses after sections in this Code are not intended to have any legal effect but are merely intended to indicate the source of matter contained in the sections.

Sec. 1-6. – Editor’s notes and reference notes.

The editor’s notes, cross references and state law references in this Code are not intended to have any legal effect but are merely intended to assist the user of this Code.

Sec. 1-7. – Code does not affect prior offenses or rights.

Nothing in this Code or the ordinance adopting this Code shall affect any offense or act committed or done, or any penalty or forfeiture incurred, or any contract or right established or accruing before the effective date of this Code.

Sec. 1-8. – Provisions considered as continuation of existing Code and ordinances.

The provisions appearing in this Code, so far as they are the same as those of the ordinances included in this Code, shall be considered as continuations and not as new enactments.

Sec. 1-9. – Repeal of ordinance does not revive former ordinances.

When an ordinance that has repealed another ordinance shall itself be repealed, the previous ordinance shall not be revived without express words to that effect.

Sec. 1-10. – Ordinances not affected by Code.

Nothing in this Code or the ordinance adopting this Code shall affect the following when not in conflict with the Code:

(1) Any offense or act committed or done or any penalty or forfeiture incurred or any contract or right established or accruing before the effective date of this Code.

(2) Any prosecution, suit or proceeding pending or any judgment rendered prior to the effective date of this Code.

(3) Any ordinance or resolution promising or guaranteeing the payment of money or authorizing the issuance of any bonds of the county or any evidence of the county’s indebtedness or any contract or obligation assumed by the county.

(4) Any annual tax levy.

(5) Any right or franchise conferred by ordinance or resolution on any person.

(6) Any ordinance adopted for purposes which have been consummated.

(7) Any ordinance which is temporary, although general in effect, or special, although permanent in effect.

(8) Any ordinance relating to the personnel or the compensation of the county’s officers or employees.

(9) Any ordinance naming, renaming, opening, accepting or vacating streets, alleys, easements or rights-of-way in the county.

(10) Any ordinance relating to zoning, rezoning or the zoning map.

(11) Any ordinance not in conflict with this Code which:

a. Establishes a vehicular speed limit.

b. Establishes a one-way street or alley.

c. Designates a through street.

d. Designates a truck route to be followed by trucks passing through the county.

e. Designates intersections at which “stop” or “yield” signs are to be maintained.

f. Prohibits, limits or restricts the parking of vehicles in any respect.

g. Establishes any taxicab stand, bus stop, school zone or other zone relating to vehicular traffic or the stopping, standing or parking of vehicles.

h. Directs that any traffic control sign, signal or marking or other traffic control device be installed or maintained.

(12) Any ordinance regarding bond or indebtedness.

(13) Any ordinance regarding appropriations.

(14) Any ordinance accepting or vacating any subdivision plat.

(15) Any ordinance regarding improvements and assessments.

All such ordinances shall be on file in the county offices.

Sec. 1-11. – Amendments to Code; effect of new ordinances; amendatory language.

(a) All ordinances passed subsequent to this Code which amend, repeal or in any way affect this Code may be numbered in accordance with the numbering system of this Code and printed for inclusion in the Code. In the case of repeal of chapters, sections and subsections, or any part, by subsequent ordinances, such repealed portions may be excluded from the Code by their omission from affected reprinted pages. Any and all additions and amendments to this Code, when passed in such form as to indicate the intention of the board of supervisors to make the addition or amendment a part of this Code, shall be deemed to be incorporated in the Code, so that a reference to the Code shall be understood and intended to include such additions and amendments.

(b) Amendments to any of the provisions of this Code may be made by amending such provisions by specific reference to the section number of this Code in substantially the following language: “That section ____________ of the Code of Ordinances, County of Orange, Virginia, is hereby amended to read as follows:….” The new provisions shall then be set out in full as enacted.

(c) If a new section not heretofore existing in the Code is to be added, the following language may be used: “That the Code of Ordinances, County of Orange, Virginia, is hereby amended by adding a section, to be numbered ____________, which section reads as follows:….” The new section shall then be set out in full as enacted.

(d) All sections, articles, chapters or provisions desired to be repealed shall be specifically repealed by section, article or chapter number, as the case may be.

Sec. 1-12. – Supplementation of Code.

(a) By contract or by county personnel, supplements to this Code shall be prepared and printed whenever authorized or directed by the board of supervisors. A supplement to the Code shall include all substantive permanent and general parts of ordinances passed by the board of supervisors or adopted by initiative and referendum during the period covered by the supplement and all changes made by the supplement in the Code. The pages of a supplement shall be so numbered that they will fit properly into the Code and will, where necessary, replace pages that have become obsolete or partially obsolete; and the new pages shall be so prepared that, when they have been inserted, the Code will be current through the date of adoption of the latest ordinance included in the supplement.

(b) In preparing a supplement to this Code, all portions of the Code which have been repealed shall be excluded from the Code by their omission from reprinted pages.

(c) When preparing a supplement to this Code, the codifier, meaning the person authorized to prepare the supplement, may make formal, nonsubstantive changes in ordinances and parts of ordinances included in the supplement, insofar as it is necessary to do so to embody them into a unified code. For example, the codifier may:

(1) Organize the ordinance material into appropriate subdivisions.

(2) Provide appropriate catchlines, headings and titles for sections and other subdivisions of the Code printed in the supplement and make changes in catchlines, headings and titles.

(3) Assign appropriate numbers to sections and other subdivisions to be inserted in the Code and, where necessary to accommodate new material, change existing section or other subdivision numbers.

(4) Change the words “this ordinance” or words of the same meaning to “this chapter,” “this article,” “this division,” etc., as the case may be, or to “sections ____________ through ____________.” The inserted section numbers will indicate the sections of the Code which embody the substantive sections of the ordinance incorporated into the Code.

(5) Make other nonsubstantive changes necessary to preserve the original meaning of ordinance sections inserted into the Code, but in no case shall the codifier make any change in the meaning or effect of ordinance material included in the supplement or already embodied in the Code.

Sec. 1-13. – Disposition of fines and costs.

(a) All fines and costs collected under the terms of this Code or other county ordinances shall be paid over to the treasurer of the county and credited to the county general revenue fund.

(b) Costs shall be taxed in prosecution under this Code or other county ordinances in the same amounts and in the same manner as prescribed by law in misdemeanor cases under the Code of Virginia, as amended.

Sec. 1-14. – Severability of parts of Code.

It is the intention of the board of supervisors that the sections, paragraphs, sentences, clauses and phrases of this Code are severable; and if any phrase, clause, sentence, paragraph or section of this Code shall be declared unconstitutional or invalid by the valid judgment or decree of a court of competent jurisdiction, such unconstitutionality or invalidity shall not affect any of the remaining phrases, clauses, sentences, paragraphs and sections of this Code.

Sec. 1-15. – General penalty; continuing violations; classification of offenses.

(a) Whenever in this Code, or in any ordinance of the county or rule or regulation promulgated by an officer, board, commission or agency of the county under authority vested by law or ordinance, any act is prohibited or is made or declared to be unlawful or an offense or a misdemeanor, or the doing of any act is required, or the failure to do any act is made or declared to be unlawful or an offense or a misdemeanor, the violation of any such provision of this Code, ordinance, rule or regulation shall be punished as follows, except as otherwise provided in subsection (b) of this section:

(1) Whenever an act or offense, or the failure to do any act, is declared to be a class 1 misdemeanor, such act or offense shall be punished by a fine of not more than $2,500.00 or confinement in jail for not more than 12 months, or both such fine and imprisonment.

(2) Whenever an act or offense, or the failure to do any act, is declared to be a class 2 misdemeanor, such act or offense shall be punished by a fine of not more than $1,000.00 or confinement in jail for not more than six months, or both such fine and imprisonment.

(3) Whenever an act or offense, or the failure to do any act, is declared to be a class 3 misdemeanor, such act or offense shall be punished by a fine of not more than $500.00.

(4) Whenever an act or offense, or the failure to do any act, is declared to be a class 4 misdemeanor, such act or offense shall be punished by a fine of not more than $250.00.

(b) Whenever a provision in this Code or other ordinance of the county prescribes punishment by stating that the act or offense, or the failure to do any act, is a misdemeanor, or that it is punishable as provided for in this section, or no specific penalty is provided, the act or offense, or failure to do any act, shall be deemed to be a class 1 misdemeanor. Acts or offenses, or failure to do any act, defined by the various provisions of this Code, for which punishment is prescribed without specification as to the class of the offense, act or failure to act, shall be punished according to the provisions prescribing the punishment; but such penalty shall not exceed the penalty prescribed by general law for the same offense.

(c) Except where otherwise provided, each day any violation of this Code, or of any such ordinance, rule or regulation shall continue shall constitute a separate offense.

 

Orange County, Virginia

Code of Ordinances

CODE ADOPTION ORDINANCE

Adopted February 8, 2000

AN ORDINANCE ADOPTING AND ENACTING A CODE FOR THE COUNTY OF ORANGE, VIRGINIA; PROVIDING FOR THE REPEAL OF CERTAIN ORDINANCES NOT INCLUDED THEREIN; PROVIDING A PENALTY FOR THE VIOLATION THEREOF; PROVIDING FOR THE MANNER OF AMENDING SUCH CODE; AND PROVIDING WHEN SUCH CODE AND THIS ORDINANCE SHALL BECOME EFFECTIVE.

BE IT ORDAINED BY THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS OF ORANGE COUNTY, VIRGINIA:

Section 1. The Code entitled “Code of Ordinances, County of Orange, Virginia” published by Municipal Code Corporation consisting of chapters 1 through 70 and Appendix A, each inclusive, is adopted.

Section 2. All ordinances of a general and permanent nature enacted on or before February 8, 2000, and not included in the Code or recognized and continued in force by reference therein, are repealed.

Section 3. The repeal provided for in section 2 hereof shall not be construed to revive any ordinance or part thereof that has been repealed by a subsequent ordinance that is repealed by this ordinance.

Section 4. Unless another penalty is expressly provided, every person convicted of a violation of any provision of the Code or any ordinance, rule or regulation adopted or issued in pursuance thereof shall be punished by a fine not exceeding five hundred dollars ($500.00) or by imprisonment not exceeding 12 months, or both. Each act of violation and each day upon which any such violation shall occur shall constitute a separate offense. The penalty provided by this section, unless another penalty is expressly provided, shall apply to the amendment of any Code section, whether or not such penalty is reenacted in the amendatory ordinance. In addition to the penalty prescribed above, the County may pursue other remedies such as abatement of nuisances, injunctive relief and revocation of licenses or permits.

Section 5. Additions or amendments to the Code when passed in the form as to indicate the intention of the Board of Supervisors to make the same a part of the Code shall be deemed to be incorporated in the Code, so that reference to the Code includes the additions and amendments.

This Ordinance shall be effective April 1, 2000.

Adopted by a unanimous affirmative vote of the Orange County Board of Supervisors at their regular meeting on the 8th day of February 2000.

AYES: Slayton, Wallace, Dodson, Wilkinson, Wilson

NAYES: none