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The zoning ordinance text amendment as currently proposed would add some associated definitions as well as to add a section to the zoning ordinance.
The proposal would amend Section 1.9 – Definitions King George County Zoning Ordinance:
Outdoor Wood Furnace. Any equipment, device, appliance or apparatus, or any part thereof, which is installed, affixed or situated outdoors and is hand-loaded or continuously fed (automatically fueled) for the purpose of combustion of fuel to produce heat or energy used as a component of a heating system providing heat for any interior space or water source. An outdoor wood furnace may also be referred to as an outdoor wood boiler, or hydronic heater.
Chimney. Flue or flues that carries off exhaust from an outdoor wood furnace firebox or burn chamber.
Natural Wood. Wood, which has not been painted, varnished or coated with a similar material, has not been pressure treated with preservatives and does not contain resins or glues as in plywood or other composite wood products.
The proposal would amend Article 4, Supplemental Regulations by adding the following:
Section 14.3.1 Outdoor wood furnaces. Outdoor wood furnaces shall conform to the following:
a. No person shall, from the effective date of this local law, construct, install, establish operate or maintain an outdoor wood furnace other than in compliance with the applicable sections of the King George County Zoning Ordinance and the manufacturer’s specifications and instructions. In the event of conflict, the requirements of the more strict, stringent or restrictive provision shall prevail and apply.
b. The owner of any new outdoor wood furnace shall be required to obtain, keep, maintain and produce the manufacturer’s owner’s manual or installation instruction to the Zoning Administrator for review.
c. All outdoor wood furnaces shall be laboratory tested and listed to appropriate safety standards such as UL, CAN/CSA, ANSI or other applicable safety standards.
Section 14.13.2 Outdoor Wood Furnaces shall be constructed, established, installed, operated and maintained pursuant to the following conditions:
a. Fuel burned in any new or existing outdoor wood furnace shall be only natural wood, wood pellets, corn products, biomass pellets or other listed fuels specifically permitted by the manufacturer’s instructions such as fuel oil, natural gas or propane backup.
Section 4.13.3 Setbacks for any outdoor wood furnace model:
a. The outdoor wood furnace shall only be permitted within the Rural Agricultural (A-2) and/or Limited Agricultural (A-1) Zoning District.
b. The outdoor wood furnace shall be located at least 50 feet from the property line.
c. The outdoor wood furnace shall be located at least 100 feet from any residence that is not served by the outdoor wood furnace.
d. The outdoor wood furnace shall be located on the property in compliance with manufacturer’s recommendations and or testing and listing requirements for clearance to combustible materials.
Section 4.13.4 Chimney heights for any outdoor wood furnace:
a. The chimney shall extend at least 2 feet above the peak of any residence not served by the outdoor wood furnace located within 300 feet of such outdoor wood furnace.
— Phyllis Cook