Proffer Management

A proffer or proffered condition is a voluntary commitment from a landowner or developer to reduce or eliminate the impact of new development on neighboring properties and the county. In the case of residential development, applicants may assist localities by proffering cash or land towards public facilities and infrastructure needed to serve the new development, such as schools and roads.

Once proffers are accepted, they become a part of the zoning regulations applicable to the property unless subsequently changed by a zoning concept plan amendment application or by a new zoning map amendment. A guarantee may be required by the Zoning Administrator for the construction, installation, provision or performance of any public improvements, site improvements, facilities or obligations required by proffers.

  1. Special Exception Conditions
  2. Determinations
  3. Appeals
  4. Resources

The Board of Supervisors may impose conditions, safeguards and restrictions upon the premises benefited by the special exception. 

Conditions and restrictions may include, but are not limited to:

  • Fencing, planting or other landscaping
  • Additional setbacks from property lines
  • Location and arrangement of lighting
  • Setting of reasonable time limitations, size, height and location of signs 
  • Other reasonable requirements deemed necessary to safeguard the interest of the general public. 

The Board may require a guarantee or bond to ensure compliance with the conditions