Board of Supervisors Meeting Date: 

Jeff and Jordan Rizer, Owners

Jeff Lippincott, Applicant

March 18, 2002

Staff Lead:


Elizabeth A. Cook

Community Development




The applicant is seeking approval of a preliminary subdivision plat to divide ± 133 acres zoned RA (Rural Agriculture) into three single-family detached lots and a residue parcel.  As proposed, the lots range in size from approximately 2.05 acres to approximately 3.82 acres.  A companion administrative division will create an additional three lots from the residue parcel.  The parcel is located on the northwest side of Wilson Road (Route 691) south of its intersection with Cannonball Gate Road (Route 628).  A new public street will be constructed to provide access and the required frontage for the lots proposed with this application.  That road will continue as a private street to provide access for the lots created through the administrative process.   

Eighty-five percent of the parcel is 112.924 acres, which must remain in one non-common open space parcel.  There is one additional lot available for development, based on the sliding scale; however, if that lot is developed it will necessitate a central water system unless a special exception is approved.  

At the request of the Planning Commission and an adjoining property owner, the applicant has voluntarily agreed to provide a fifty-foot tree preservation area on the lots that share a common property line with a parcel in the Marshall-Warrenton Agricultural and Forestal District and along Wilson Road.  The applicant has revised the preliminary plat to reflect the buffer along Wilson Road as provided for in condition K. 

Section 9-7 of the Subdivision Ordinance requires that “…all preliminary plats acted on 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 referrals, the preliminary plat shall be deemed approved or denied in accordance with the action of the Planning Commission.” 

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 28, 2002, the Planning Commission voted to approve the Rosewood Preliminary Plat, subject to the following conditions: 

  1. A Virginia Certified Professional Soil Scientist (CPSS) shall adjust the Type I Soil Map soil lines onto the final working plat.  This shall be done in the field and checked for any additional soil information to be added to the final scale plat map.
  1. A signature block shall be placed on this plat 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 April 18,2001.

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 __.

Va. Certified Professional Soil Scientist                               DATE

CPSS #3401-                   


  1. Interpretive information from the Type I soil report for each mapping unit shown on the above plat shall be placed on the same soil map.  Also a Symbols Legend shall be placed on the plat map to identify spot symbols.  Rock outcrops shall be added to the map and symbols legend.
  1. The following two statements shall be placed on the same plat map:

i.        "The County recommends that no below grade basements be constructed on soil mapping units 17B due to wetness unless the foundation drainage system of the structure is designed by a Virginia Licensed Professional Engineer."

ii.       "The County recommends that before road or home construction begins in the soil mapping units 140B & C and 340E a site specific evaluation be conducted so that shallow to bedrock areas are identified. These areas may require blasting if deep cuts or excavation is done." 

  1. The following statement shall be noted on the final drainfield plat: "Before a home is started the builder shall mark the drainfield area off and not disturb it during construction."
  1. The foundation drainlines shall be daylighted for gravity flow on all structures.  This soils information shall be provided by the applicant to the Building Department at the time of application.
  1. This plat shall be filed in the front office of Community Development and used exclusively for obtaining soils information for this proposed subdivision.
  1. This map shall be submitted to the Soil Scientist's Office prior to final plat approval.
  1. Prior to action by the Board of Supervisors, the preliminary subdivision plan shall be revised to correctly reflect the acreage of the residue parcel.
  1. The applicant has voluntarily agreed to provide a 50-foot tree preservation buffer at the rear of Lots 4 and 5, therefore this buffer shall be located as shown on the preliminary subdivision plat entitled Rosewood Subdivision Plan dated December 12, 2001, revised February 12, 2002 and received in the Planning Office on February 14, 2002.  The Homeowners Association documents associated with this development and the record plat shall identify the location and provide for continuation of this buffer.
  1. The applicant has voluntarily agreed to provide a 50-foot tree preservation buffer along Wilson Road; this buffer shall be located such that appropriate sight distance is available at the development entrance to Wilson Road.  This buffer shall be indicated on the preliminary plat prior to Board of Supervisors action on this application.  The Homeowners Association documents associated with this development and the record plat shall identify the location and provide for continuation of this buffer.

Attachment 1:  Preliminary Plat – Revised 3/6/02 

Attachment 2: Staff Report