Board of Supervisors Meeting Date:

Daniel France and Howard and Jane Grove, Owners;

Fauquier County Department of Environmental Services,  Applicant


April 13, 2006



Staff Lead:
Melissa Dargis, Assistant Chief of Planning

Community Development


Magisterial District:




7806-78-9041-000 & 7806-87-5770-000

A Resolution to Approve SPEX06-LE-013: A Category 11 Special Exception for the Morrisville Convenience Site, Lee District


Topic Description: 

The applicant wishes to obtain Category 11 Special Exception approval to expand the existing Morrisville Convenience Site. 


Project Information:

The Morrisville Convenience site has been in operation since 1979 providing containers for recycling and the sanitary disposal of solid waste from county residents.  With this request the applicant seeks to expand the Morrisville Convenience site by less than 10,000 square feet.  The basis for this Special Exception request is that the County (need of residents) has outgrown this site and it requires reconfiguration and minimal expansion to continue to operate efficiently and provide its services.

The applicant leases the site from the landowners.  It requests this additional land so that it can add approximately 28 feet to its northwest boundary and 43 feet to the northeast boundary to accommodate the collection bins.    

Refuse collection and recycling services are provided seven days per week.  The hours of operation for the Morrisville Convenience Site are:

Monday, Tuesday: 7am to 3pm
Thursday, Friday: 7am to 3pm
Wednesday: 11am to 7pm
Saturday, Sunday: 9 am to 5 pm

The Convenience Site is closed on the following holidays: New Year's, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

The facility provides trash collection and recycling services in two (2) trash compactors and two (2) open top 30-cubic yard containers for bulk waste and recycling containers for used oil, glass, cans, newspaper, cardboard, metal, and plastic bottles.

According to the Department of Environmental Services, last year, county residents saved over $1 million and added 3 to 4 months of life to the County landfill by recycling.  Using compactors at the convenience sites also saves hauling expenses: it costs the County 6 to 8 times more to haul non-compacted material.  Approximately 75 percent of county residents deliver their waste and recycling on weekends.


Land Area, Location and Zoning:    

The property is located on the northwest side of Shipps Store Road (Route 851) at its intersection with Marsh Road (Route 17).  A map of the parcel is shown below:





Neighboring Zoning/Land Use:

The parcel is generally bound by Rural Agricultural (RA) property.  Consistent with this zoning category, this property is located in a district that contains areas where agriculture and forestry are the predominant uses or where significant agricultural lands or large lot type residential development exists.  However, the parcel to the east is Commercial-1 (C-1) conditional zoning and across the street (Shipps Store Road) there is a parcel zoned Industrial-1 (I-1) located adjacent to the Village of Morrisville.


Action Requested of the Board of Supervisors:

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


Planning Commission Recommendation:

On March 30, 2006, the Planning Commission unanimously recommended to forward this item to the Board of Supervisors with a recommendation of approval, subject to conditions.


Staff Analysis:

In light of the minimal change, staff believes that the requested expansion is reasonable.  Environmental Services has requested this Special Exception so that it can continue to provide its refuse collection and recycling services safely and efficiently to county residents.

Summary and Recommendation:

Staff recommends that the Board of Supervisors consider the Planning Commissionís recommendation.

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

Fauquier County Department of Community Development



1.      Statement of Justification

2.      Special Exception Plat


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