A RESOLUTION APPROVING DOMINION TRANSMISSION, INC.íS PROPOSED COMPRESSOR FACILITY IN THE SOUTHERN FAUQUIER AGRICULTURAL AND FORESTAL DISTRICT
WHEREAS, on November 4, 2003, Fauquier County received official notice of Dominion Transmission, Inc.ís (DTI) intention to acquire a 30.63-acre portion of the 282.5-acre property owned by Lewis J. and Martha M. Bender, which is located in the Southern Fauquier Agricultural and Forestal District; and
WHEREAS, the Code of Virginia, Section 15.2-4313, sets forth a specific procedure which must be followed by a public service corporation proposing to acquire more than one acre of land within an agricultural and forestal district and this procedure requires that notice be given to the County, and that the Board of Supervisors determine the following:
(i) the effect the action would have upon the preservation and enhancement of agriculture and forestry and agricultural and forestal resources within the district and the policies set forth in the state code; and
(ii) the necessity of the proposed action to provide service to the public in the most economical and practicable manner.
(iii) whether reasonable alternatives to the proposed action are available that would minimize or avoid any adverse impacts on agricultural and forestal resources within the district; and
WHEREAS, the Code of Virginia, Section 15.2-4313 further provides that this decision be made by the Board of Supervisors in consultation with the Agricultural and Forestal District Advisory Committee and the Planning Commission; and
WHEREAS, on November 5, 2003, the Agricultural and Forestal Advisory Board met to review the proposal and recommended that the Board extend the period of review to gather additional information and to accommodate a full review and public hearing for the proposal; and
WHEREAS, November 20, 2003, the Planning Commission reviewed the proposal on and recommended that the Board extend the period of review to accommodate a full review and public hearing for the proposal; and
WHEREAS, on December 15, 2003, the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors discussed the potential impacts of the proposed facility and determined that additional review was necessary in order to determine whether the proposal might have impacts upon the Countyís agricultural and forestal resources; and
WHEREAS, on March 15, 2004, the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors held a public hearing on the proposed facility; now therefore, be it
RESOLVED by the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors this 15th day of March 2004, That the facility is necessary to provide service to the public in the most economical and practical manner and the facility would have minimal adverse impacts on agricultural and forestal resources within the district; and, be it
RESOLVED FURTHER, That Fauquier County is authorizing the proposed action of Dominion Transmission, Inc. to acquire land and construct a gas compressor facility within the Southern Fauquier Agricultural and Forestal District; and, be it
RESOLVED FINALLY, That a copy of this resolution be sent to Dominion Transmission, Inc.