Board of Supervisors Meeting Date:

William G. Downey, Scott District Supervisor

January 13, 2005

Staff Lead:


Elizabeth A. Cook, Chief of Planning

Community Development

Magisterial District:  Scott



A Resolution to Abandon a Portion of Old Tavern Road (Route 245) in Fauquier County

Topic Description:

On October 14, 2004, the Board of Supervisors instituted the road abandonment process for a portion of Old Tavern Road (Route 245).  In 1983, fifty-five (55) feet of right-of-way measured from the centerline of Old Tavern Road was dedicated to the Board of Supervisors.  Old Tavern Road is classified as a Rural Minor Arterial in the County’s Comprehensive Plan and, as such, should have between 80 to 160 feet of right-of-way. 


James R. Cheatham has requested that the County abandon a portion of the Old Tavern Road right-of-way along Ronda L. Cheatham’s property at the intersection of Old Tavern Road and Old Winchester Road (Route 845).  Mr. Cheatham would like approximately 17 feet to be abandoned for a proposed boundary line adjustment between the Cheatham property (PIN 6978-86-8792-000) and adjoining T.W. Winfree parcel (PIN 6978-86-7727-000).  In addition, it appears there is a portion of the Cheatham porch in the right-of-way.  Staff and Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) recommend that no more than 15 feet be abandoned, which would permit the minimum right-of-way of 80 feet to remain in place for future improvements to Old Tavern Road and to meet the minimum Rural Minor Arterial right-of-way requirements.  The draft resolution also makes provision to transfer the remaining forty (40’) feet of right-of-way to VDOT.


As of the preparation of this report, no citizen comments have been received.


Below is a location map of the property, and attached is a copy of the 1983 Deed of Dedication for the right-of-way dedication.


Requested Action of the Board of Supervisors:


Consider adoption of the attached resolution.

Transportation Committee Recommendation:

On October 5, 2004, the Transportation Committee agreed to not make a recommendation to the Board of Supervisors on the proposed abandonment. 

Financial Impact Analysis:

There was no financial impact analysis required for this request.  However, if the Board of Supervisors decides to proceed with the abandonment, the abandoned portion of right-of-way will need to be conveyed to the adjoining property owner.

Identify any other Departments, Organizations or Individuals that would be affected by this request:


Department of Community Development

Residents along Old Tavern Road




Portion of Route 245 to be Abandoned Graphic