Board of Supervisors Meeting Date:


Sevinsky Enterprises, Inc. (Owner)

  Thomas Sevinsky (Applicant)


February 10, 2005

Staff Lead:


Melissa Dargis, Assistant Chief of Planning



Community Development


Magisterial District:


Cedar Run District







Status Regarding the Floodplain Study for the Pending Sevinsky Enterprises, Inc. Rezoning Application (REZN04-CR-005)


Project Update:


On February 2, 2005, staff received an update letter from DRH Design Group, Inc. (DRH).  The engineers have obtained additional topography of the site for the floodplain study.  The next step will be to perform the hydraulic calculations to yield an elevation.  If the results are favorable, the material would be submitted to the County and then to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for evaluation.


DRH notes that most of the buildings lie above the elevation of Route 17.  This shows that the water definitely flows over the road, before the buildings are inundated.  In addition, the length of Route 17 that acts as a weir for this water is quite long.  This should keep the depth of the water low.  The combination of these factors should receive favorable results for the study.  However, DRH would still have to prove this to FEMA.


Another update will be provided in 60 days. 


Topic Description: 


The purpose of this request is to obtain rezoning approval for 9.6 acres from RA (Rural Agricultural) to I-2 (Industrial-General).  The purpose is to allow the continued use of existing commercial wash bays, the filling of propane tanks, as well as the rental of ten (10) buildings to accommodate various other businesses.  The property is located on the southeast side of Ritchie Road (Route 644).  The entire property is within the 100-year floodplain.  Two structures have a Letter of Map Amendment (LOMA) from FEMA that removes them from the floodplain.


Past Project Update (November):


Per the Board of Supervisors’ direction, the applicant has secured the firm of DRH Design Group, Inc. (engineering, planning and surveying consulting) to conduct a floodplain study.  The firm sent written notification to County staff on October 14, 2004, to confirm that it is performing the technical work for the applicant’s FEMA analysis.  The letter also indicates that upon completion of the work, a formal submission will be made to the County.  Staff will provide an updated staff report to the Board upon receipt and evaluation of the aforementioned study.


No action on the referenced rezoning application will occur until this floodplain study has been completed and filed with the County and FEMA.  The Board of Supervisors provided the applicant two meeting deadline extensions to provide written commitment and a firm to complete the referenced study.  Both actions have been met through the applicant’s attached letter.


Requested Action of the Board of Supervisors:


No action requested.  This report is an information update, and it demonstrates applicant compliance to complete the requested floodplain study.


Financial Impact Analysis:




Land Area, Location and Zoning:    


The property is located in Bealeton at 5333 Ritchie Road (Route 644).  The property is zoned Rural Agricultural (RA).  A map of the property is shown below.






Staff Analysis:

Staff and the appropriate referral agencies have reviewed this request for conformance with the Comprehensive Plan, the Zoning Ordinance, and other relevant policies and regulations.  Staff and referral agency findings, comments, and recommendations, as well as the staff reports prepared for the June Planning Commission meeting and July Board of Supervisors’ meeting, are available upon request.  There was no Staff report at the September Board meeting.


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

Fauquier County Department of Community Development

Virginia Department of Health

Virginia Department of Environmental Quality



DRH Design Group letter