Board of Supervisors Meeting Date:


Midland Church of the Brethren, Owner

JFT-AIA, Applicant


March 9, 2006


Staff Lead:


Melissa Dargis, Assistant Chief of Planning



Community Development


Magisterial District: Cedar Run


Service District: Midland




7900-43-3970-000, 7900-44-3251-000, 7900-43-0673-000 & 7900-44-1117-000



A Resolution to Approve Midland Christian Academy: SPEX05-CR-029; SPEX06-CR-012; and SPPT06-CR-020 (School Expansion) and SPEX05-CR-035 (Private Sewage System)


Topic Description: 


Four discrete applications are proposed:


SPEX05-CR-029 - Category 5 Special Exception amendment requesting an increased capacity of students and expansion of school facilities.  The original application SE96-CR-06 was approved on May 21, 1996.


SPEX06-CR-012 - Category 5 Special Exception requesting approval of a high school; not to exceed 100 students and 10 staff.


SPPT06-CR-020 - Category 5 Special Permit for expansion of the pre-school facility not to exceed 120 students and 12 staff members.


SPEX05-CR-035 - Category 20 Special Exception request for approval of a commercial private sewage system serving the school site with a maximum capacity of 5,800 gallons per day.




The proposal seeks to amend a previously approved Special Exception for the Midland Christian Academy (MCA) to allow for an increased capacity of students/administration and to construct new school facilities for up to 567 students and staff.  This includes the addition of grades 5 through high school and preschool expansion.  In summary, primary and middle school totals will be 300 students plus 25 staff; high school capacity will be 100 students plus 10 staff; and preschool will total 120 students plus 12 staff.


A private sewage system is required for this increase in use.  The applicant’s soil scientist identified drain field sites with capacity for 5,800 gallons per day or up to 580 persons.  The proposal consists of four (4) parcels totaling approximately 23 acres.


Midland Christian Academy operates under the auspices of the Commonwealth of the Virginia Department of Social Services Religious Exemption.  It is also a member school of the Association of Christian Schools International and Virginia Council for Private Education.  It is in its first year of a 3-year process of accreditation by the latter two organizations.


Dominion Soil Science, Inc., the applicant’s soils consultant, provided a letter stating that it had conducted a soil study in October 2005 to delineate a subsurface sewage treatment and disposal system to accommodate 567 students and staff.  Six (6) drainfield sites were found that could support approximately 5,800 gallons per day or 580 persons.  This mass drainfield system will utilize secondary pre-treatment with drip dispersal.  Final design capacities will be determined after wastewater engineering studies and designs are completed.  The Virginia Department of Health’s Sewerage Handling and Disposal Regulations estimate sewage flows at ten (10) gallons per person per day for school uses. 


Land Area, Location and Zoning:    


The properties are located at 10456 Old Carolina Road (Route 602) in Midland.  They are zoned Residential (R-1).  A map of the properties is shown below.





Neighboring Zoning/Land Use:


The subject property is currently zoned R-1.  It is bounded by R-1 property on all sides with the exception of a small corner of the southernmost parcel which touches a parcel zoned Commercial (C-2).


Action Requested of the Board of Supervisors:


Conduct a public hearing and consider adoption of the attached resolution.


Planning Commission Recommendation:


On February 16, 2006, the Planning Commission held a public hearing on this item.  The Commission unanimously recommended forwarding this item, subject to a series of development conditions, to the Board of Supervisors for approval.


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.  Findings, comments, and recommendations are available upon request. 

Summary and Recommendations:

Staff asks that the Board of Supervisors consider the Planning Commission’s recommendation of approval, subject to the Special Exception conditions.  Staff concurs with this recommendation.  The applicant has met with staff and with Chairman Graham, Cedar Run District Supervisor and worked out project refinements.


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

Fauquier County Department of Community Development

Virginia Department of Health





1.                  Special Exception Plat

2.                  Statement of Justification