Board of Supervisors Meeting Date:


John Morgan, Jr., Owner

Richard A. Edens, L.S., Applicant


March 15, 2004

Staff Lead:



Holly Meade, Planner

Community Development


Magisterial District:








Consider Fauquier Woods Subdivision:  Preliminary Subdivision Plat PP03-M-21


Topic Description:


The applicant is seeking Preliminary Plat approval to subdivide ±11.79 acres into three (3) single-family residential lots ranging in size from ± 3.10 to ± 4.74 acres.  This application originally consisted of six (6) proposed lots ranging in size from ± 1.11 to ± 2.88 acres. 


Section 9-7 of the Subdivision Ordinance requires that “…all preliminary plats approved by the Planning Commission shall be referred to the Board of Supervisors at its next regularly scheduled meeting…If the Board takes no action on the preliminary plat referral, the preliminary plat shall be deemed approved in accordance with the actions of the Planning Commission.”


The Planning Commission staff report is available upon request.


Requested Action of the Board of Supervisors:

No action is necessary, unless a majority of the Board wishes to consider this preliminary subdivision application.  On February 20, 2004, the Planning Commission voted to approve the Fauquier Woods Preliminary Plat subject to the conditions noted below.


1.      The Final Plat shall be in general conformance with the Preliminary Plat entitled “Preliminary Plat Minor Subdivision Fauquier Woods” dated October 21, 2003, last revised February 2, 2004, except as modified by these conditions.  This approval is for a maximum of three (3) residential lots.


2.      In accordance with Section 7-603 2. of the Fauquier County Zoning Ordinance, Residential Subdivisions, a landscape plan will be required at the construction drawing phase.


3.      The springs and streams should be protected to the maximum extent possible. The drainage area from the north side of I-66 exceeds 100 acres. This will generate a substantial amount of runoff draining through the site. Easements shall be provided and houses shall be kept above the 10-year water surface elevations of the streams.


4.      All culverts shall be designed to pass the 10-year storm with 18 inches of the freeboard to the edge of shoulder.


5.      Entrance locations shall meet VDOT standards for separation and design.


6.      The location of erosion and sediment controls shall be shown on the final construction plans and meet the requirements of the John Marshall Soil & Water Conservation District.


7.      Right-of-way lines, width, centerline, limits of construction, and pavement width shall be shown on the final construction plans. This would include the existing street that the subdivision borders and is not intended for new or proposed streets only.


8.      The applicant shall obtain Health Department approval for all drainfield and well sites.


9.      A Type I Soil Map (1” = 400’) was conducted on this parcel on December 19, 2002 by the County Soil Scientist’s Office, which shall be addressed on the final construction plans. 


10.  A Virginia Certified Professional Soil Scientist (CPSS) shall adjust the preliminary soil map with revisions onto the final construction plan.  This needs to be done in the field and checked for any additional soils information to be added to the final construction plan.


11.  A signature block shall be placed on the Final Soil Map sheet for the CPSS to sign which states:

Preliminary Soils Information Provided by the Fauquier County Soil Scientist Office via a Type I Soil Map (1"=400') Dated December 19, 2002.


This Virginia Certified Professional Soil Scientist has field reviewed and adjusted the preliminary soil information onto the final plat (1"=???') and certifies that this is the Best Available Soils Information to Date for Lots 1-3.



Va. Certified Professional Soil Scientist                                    DATE

CPSS #3401-            




12.  Interpretive information from the Type I soil report for each mapping unit shown on the above final construction plan shall be placed on the same sheet as the soil map.  Also a Symbols Legend shall be placed on the final construction plan to identify spot symbols (the symbols legend shown on this submission has an incorrect ditch symbol and needs to match the soil map ditch symbol).


13.  This final soil map shall be filed in the front office of Community Development and the Building Department to be used exclusively for obtaining soils information for this proposed subdivision.


14.  Two copies of this final soil map with original CPSS signature shall be submitted to the Soil Scientist Office before Final Plat approval is made.


15.  Due to landscape position (drainageways) and high seasonal water tables, the following statement shall be placed on the final construction plan to be placed in the front office of Community Development:  "The County recommends that no below grade basements be constructed on soil mapping units 9B & 181B due to wetness unless the foundation drainage system of the structure is designed by a Virginia Licensed Professional Engineer. The foundation drainlines should be daylighted for gravity flow on all structures."


16.  The soils where the drainfields are proposed shall not be disturbed during construction.  The following statement needs to be put on the final construction plan:  "Before a home is started the builder needs to mark the drainfield area off and not disturb it during construction."  The type of primary and reserve drainfield area shall be stated for each lot.


17.  The following statement shall be placed on the final construction plan:  “Foundations placed in soil mapping units that show a moderate, high, or very high shrink-swell potential in the most recent Interpretive Guide to the Soils of Fauquier County, Virginia will require a geotechnical evaluation in order to determine proper design.”


18.  Areas of steep slopes shall be avoided at all cost due to high erosion hazard.  Proper Erosion and Sediment Control practices shall be installed before construction begins.  Soil mapping unit 83D should be left in its natural state.

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ATTACHMENTS:  Preliminary Plat