A Resolution to Approve MIDLAND cHRISTIAN ACADEMY: SPEX05‑CR‑029; spex06-cr-012; sppt06-cr-020 (SCHOOL EXPANSION)



WHEREAS, the Midland Church of the Brethren, Owner and JFT-AIA, applicant, is seeking Special Exception approval for continued operation and expansion of Midland Christian Academy; and


WHEREAS, the applicant seeks to amend a previously approved Special Exception to allow for an increased capacity of students/administration and to construct new school facilities for up to 567 students and staff to include the addition of grades 5 through high school as well as preschool expansion; and


WHEREAS, this expansion requires a private sewerage system; and


WHEREAS, this assemblage of parcels identified are identified as PINs: 7900-43-3970-000, 7900-44-3251-000, 7900-43-0673-000 and 7900-44-1117-000; and


WHEREAS, four discrete applications are proposed:


1.      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;


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


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


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


WHEREAS, on February 16, 2006, the Fauquier County Planning Commission held a public hearing on the proposed Special Exception and unanimously recommended approval of the application, subject to conditions; and


WHEREAS, on March 9, 2006, the Board of Supervisors conducted a public hearing and considered written and oral testimony; and


            WHEREAS, the Board of Supervisors has determined that the application satisfies the standards of Zoning Ordinance Articles 5-006, 5-500, and 5-2002; now, therefore, be it


            RESOLVED by the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors this 9th day of March 2006, That SPEX05-CR-029; SPEX06-CR-012; SPPT06-CR-020 and SPEX05-CR-035 be, and are hereby, approved, subject to the following conditions:


  1. This Special Exception is granted for and runs with the land indicated in this application and is not transferable to other land.


  1. This Special Exception is granted only for the purpose(s), structure(s) and/or uses indicated on the Special Exception Plat approved with this application, as qualified by these development conditions.


  1. Pursuant to Zoning Ordinance Article 12, a Site Plan shall be required for any expansion to the school’s operation.


  1. This approval allows for facility expansion to accommodate preschool (age 2 through 4), primary, middle and high school students at Midland Christian Academy (MCA).


  1. Temporary shared use of existing facilities with the preschool and pre-kindergarten shall continue until such time that a future expansion of the adjacent Midland Church of the Brethren can accommodate the preschool and pre-kindergarten.


  1. The proposed multipurpose facility shall serve as a meeting place for various school and church organizations.  The attendance capacity for this space shall not exceed 400 people.


  1. The preschool program shall continue to offer a variety of enrollment options from 2-days per week, 3-days per week, 5-days per week, full time pre-K, and part-time pre-K.  Preschool, pre-K and kindergarten classes are all half day programs.


  1. Students in 1st grade through high school shall be considered full day programs.


  1. MCA school operation shall be limited to preschool through twelfth grade with a maximum enrollment of 300 elementary and middle school students (pre-kindergarten through eighth grade) plus 25 staff; 100 high school students plus 10 staff; and 120 preschool students plus 12 staff.


  1. Hours of school operation shall be limited from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.  However, the multipurpose facility is not subject to these hours of operation and it may be used seven (7) days per week.


  1. MCA shall have the option to provide before and after school care for children attending its school.  The hours of operation shall start at 8:00 a.m. (before school) and continue after school, including sports and extracurricular activities, until 5:00 p.m.


  1. For outdoor recreation, the number of children that may use the space at any one time is based on the size of the fenced area and the child’s school year as follows: preschool shall have 100 square feet of space per child using the recreational area at any one time; kindergarten through grade 3 shall have 200 square feet of space per child using the recreational area at any one time; and grade 4 through 12 shall have 430 square feet per child using the recreational area at any one time.


  1. The circular drive shall be one-way directional with the north access designated as the point of ingress and the south access designated as the point of egress. The direction shall be adequately marked through a combination of signage and pavement markings.


  1. A pedestrian walkway shall be constructed to connect the southern most parking area with the proposed school buildings. This walkway shall meet ADA requirements.


  1. All areas designated for outdoor recreation shall be fully fenced.


  1. Since a public water supply is unavailable, arrangements shall be made to provide water at this site in accordance with a nationally recognized standard such as NFPA 1142 Standard on Water Supplies for Suburban and Rural Fire Fighting.


  1. All school accreditation requirements shall be in conformance with state regulations.


  1. The applicant shall vacate the property lines indicated on the Special Exception Plat as “eradicated property lines” prior to submittal of a Site Plan.


  1. The school may phase its building expansion but shall construct its commercial private sewerage treatment facility when the student population (and its daily sewage capacity) equals the maximum gallons per day as indicated on its approved Health Department permit.


20.  The proposed buildings shall be in keeping with the materials of the intrinsic buildings of southern Fauquier County.  Two-story building heights shall be kept as low as possible.  Materials shall include the use of field stone, stucco or board siding and similar materials.


  1. The applicant shall provide VDOT a minimum of 25 feet of right-of-way dedication from the centerline of the road to the property line, across the front of the property on Route 602.


  1. The applicant shall comply with all VDOT entrance requirements or improvements.


  1. School access shall be form Old Carolina Road (Route 602).  Route 28 shall not be allowed as ingress/egress for the school. 


  1. Soils with a moderate or higher shrink-swell rating are present; a geotechnical study shall be required with the Site Plan submittal.


  1. Soil map units with potential for hydric soil inclusions are present; a jurisdictional wetlands delineation and determination shall be required prior to site disturbance.