Board of Supervisors Meeting Date:


Harry L. Morris, Jr. & Faye P. Morris (Owners)

Kerr Contracting Corporation (Applicants)


January 12, 2006

Staff Lead:



Holly Meade, Senior Planner

Community Development


Magisterial District:








Canterbury Reserves: Preliminary Plat PPLT06-LE-001, Lee District


Topic Description:


The applicant is seeking Preliminary Plat approval to divide ±11.4 acres and a well lot into three (3) single family residential lots of ±3.2, ±3.5 and ±4.6 acres.  The parcels will be served by individual septic and public water.  Public water connection is allowed when there is a re-subdivision of an existing subdivision connected to public water, located outside of the Service District.  A copy of the Preliminary Plat is included as Attachment 1.


Canterbury Village is an existing subdivision that was approved in 1974.  In 1987, the Board of Supervisors denied a final plat to divide a portion of Parcel “B”, which is the parcel subject to the current proposal.  The reasoning for this decision was not evident in searching past County records.  Numerous residents in the Canterbury Village Subdivision have submitted letters objecting to further subdivision of Parcel “B” for various reasons.  Some of these reasons include the residents’ belief that this area was open space, drainage issues, existence of wells that were not properly abandoned, and the location of the proposed drainfields.  One issue that was raised by both review agencies and neighbors was the proposed relocation of a Fauquier County Water and Sanitation Authority (FCWSA) waterline.  However, FCWSA has provided an e-mail stating it has no objection to this relocation.  The applicant submitted responses to the citizen’s concerns which are included as Attachment 2.  Furthermore, staff and referral agency’s comments have been addressed in the Conditions of Development.




The property is located east of Route 685 (Routts Hill Road) and south of Route 687 (Opal Road) in the Canterbury Village Subdivision.





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Requested Action of the Board of Supervisors:


No action is necessary, unless a majority of the Board wishes to consider this preliminary subdivision application.  On December 7, 2005, the Planning Commission voted to approve Canterbury Reserves Preliminary Plat subject to the conditions noted below:




  1. The Final Plat shall be in general conformance with the Preliminary Plat entitled “Canterbury Reserves” dated July 13, 2005, signed by James R. Ashley on July 15, 2005 and received in the Planning Office on July 17, 2005, except as modified by these conditions.  This approval is for a maximum of three (3) residential lots. 


  1. The deed restrictions for the well lot shall be vacated prior to the alteration of the existing well lot portion of the property division.


  1. The well lot shall be boundary line adjusted into the 11.4-acre parcel identified as PIN 6971-25-7697-000 prior to Final Construction Plan approval.


  1. A complete landscaping plan shall be required at Final Construction Plan review.


  1. Prior to Final Construction Plan submission, a jurisdictional determination by the Army Corps of Engineers shall be obtained.


  1. For drainage areas larger than 100 acres, houses shall not be located in the 100 year inundation zone. For drainage areas less than 100 acres, houses shall be kept out of the 10 year water surface elevation.


  1. Houses shall not be located in swales.


  1. The County recommends that no below grade basements be constructed on soils with high water table due to wetness unless the foundation drainage system of the structure is designed by a licensed professional engineer to assure a dry basement and preclude wet yards and recirculation of pumped or collected water. Unless, in the opinion of the County Engineer, the topography of the lot in relation to the overlot grading plan precludes grading the site to drain the basement to daylight, all basements shall be designed to gravity daylight without assistance from mechanical means. All discharged water (mechanical or gravity) shall be conveyed to the subdivision stormwater collection system and discharged through the stormwater management facilities. Drainage easements, where necessary, shall be placed on the final plat. A note shall be placed on the final plat stating, “Basements are not recommended in mapping units 12A, 15B, 17B, 415B, and 417B. Basements in these mapping units are subject to flooding due to high seasonal water tables. Sump systems may run continuously, leading to possible premature pump failure.”


9.      Verification that all drainfield systems have been approved by the Fauquier County Health Department shall be provided prior to Final Construction Plan approval.

10.  The entrances shall be constructed in accordance with the PE-1 standard with a    minimum of 15 inches x 30 feet culvert pipe.

11.The width between the drainfields on Lot 3 shall be dimensioned on the Final Construction Plan to demonstrate there is sufficient room between the drainfields  to construct the entrance.

12.  The number of bedrooms per house site shall be provided on the Final Construction Plan.


13.  Verification from the Health Department shall be provided with the first submittal of the Final Construction Plans that the wells on the site have been properly abandoned.


14.  Drainfields shall not be installed in disturbed areas.





1.      Preliminary Plat

2.      Responses from Applicant