[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Colonial Heights 4-8-1975 as Ch. 5 of the 1975 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Editor's Note: For statutory provisions regarding junkyards, see Code of Virginia, § 33.1-348.
For the purpose of promoting the safety, health, welfare, convenience and enjoyment of public travel, to protect the public investment in City highways and streets and to preserve and enhance the scenic beauty of lands bordering City highways and streets, it is hereby declared to be in the public interest to regulate and restrict the establishment, operation and maintenance of junkyards and automobile graveyards as hereinafter set out.
For the purposes of this chapter, the following words and phrases shall have the meanings respectively ascribed to them by this section:
- AUTOMOBILE GRAVEYARD
- Any lot or place which is exposed to the weather and upon which more than five (5) motor vehicles of any kind, incapable of being operated and which it would not be economically practical to make operative, are placed, located or found.
- Old or scrap copper, brass, rope, rags, batteries, paper, trash, rubber, debris, waste or junked, dismantled or wrecked automobiles or parts thereof, iron, steel and other old or scrap ferrous or nonferrous material.
- An establishment or place of business which is maintained, operated or used for storing, keeping, buying or selling junk or for the maintenance or operation of an automobile graveyard, and the term shall include the garbage dumps and sanitary fills.
Editor's Note: For statutory provisions containing similar definitions, see Code of Virginia, § 33.1-348.
Any person proposing to establish a junkyard or an automobile graveyard in the City shall make application to the City Manager for a permit for such operation and shall advertise this application for two (2) weeks, stating where the yard is to be located. The City Manager shall hold a public hearing on this application before any permit will be issued. Final action on such application shall be approved by the City Council, with the cost of advertising to be paid by the applicant. If the permit is granted, the applicant shall procure such license as may be required by the City from the Commissioner of Revenue. The license may be revoked any time the applicant fails to comply with any of the sections or parts of this chapter.
No junkyard or automobile graveyard shall be allowed in the city, any portion of which is within five hundred (500) feet of the nearest edge of the right-of-way of any highway or City street, unless it is completely screened on any open side by a masonry wall, a uniformly painted solid board fence or an evergreen hedge between eight (8) and ten (10) feet in height. In the event a fence or masonry wall is used, it must be painted and kept in a good state of repair, and no signs or advertising may be placed on the fence or wall, other than a sign not larger than four by six (4 x 6) feet advertising such operation.
All junkyards and automobile graveyards shall be restricted to and located in industrial zones only, as shown on the Zoning Map of the city.
There shall be no burning of materials of any kind in a junkyard, unless in an approved incinerator, and all combustible materials, such as paper, rags, rubber, etc., shall be stored in an enclosed building. The doors must be removed from refrigerators, iceboxes or similar household appliances before being placed in a junkyard.
Any junkyard or automobile graveyard in existence on the effective date of this Code and which was established on or after April 4, 1968, and which does not conform to the provisions of § 33.1-348 of the Code of Virginia is declared to be a public and private nuisance, and unless it is, by its owner or operator, made to conform to the provisions of § 33.1-348 of the Code of Virginia, it may be removed, obliterated or abated by the city, and the City may collect the costs of such removal, obliteration or abatement from its owner or operator in any manner provided by law, and on and after the effective date of this City Code, no City permit shall be issued under this chapter for the operation of a junkyard or automobile graveyard unless it shall conform to the provisions of this chapter.