PUBLIC HEARING AGENDA REQUEST
Board Meeting Date:
Salahi Family Limited Partnership
Robert C. Counts Community Development
Service District: None 5998-87-0439-000 and 5998-88-4344-000
A Resolution Approving SER03-M-02: Renewal of a Category 9 Special Exception to Continue Certain Outdoor Recreational Operations at Oasis Winery, Salahi Family Limited Partnership, Applicant
The Salahi Family Limited
Partnership has submitted a request for the renewal of Special Exception
SE99-M-47, granted by the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors on
The last Board of
Supervisors approval for this Special Exception was subject to a number of
conditions (see Attachment 2). The
approval was effective for three (3) years, which included two (2)
one-year extensions to be granted administratively by the Zoning
Administrator. Both of these extensions have been granted, the last
Land Area, Location and
The property is located at
Neighboring Zoning/Land Use:
The property is surrounded by land in the RA zoning district. The entire area is primarily in agricultural use.
Action Requested of the
Board of Supervisors:
Board is requested to conduct a public hearing and take action on
SER03-M-02. A resolution of approval is included for the Board’s
consideration. The proposed resolution simply renews the conditions
currently in effect for three additional years.
and appropriate referral agencies have reviewed this request for
conformance with the Comprehensive Plan, the Zoning Ordinance, and other
relevant policies and regulations. Staff and referral agency findings,
comments, and recommendations are summarized below.
In accordance with Section 3-200.2 of the Fauquier County
Zoning Ordinance, this district is to contain those areas where
agriculture and forestry are the predominant uses or where significant
agricultural lands or large lot farmette type residential development
The proposed Special Exception Renewal shows no new
structures or an increase in any area as shown with the previously
approved Special Exceptions.
The proposed increase in attendance would increase the
intensity of the existing use. It is not clear that adequate parking is
shown on the plat that will accommodate the increased number of vehicles
Health Department approval or verification would need to be
obtained for any accommodations for the increased number of attendees.
With an increased number of attendees, it is not clear if
there is also an increase in the number of staff required.
Current Special Permit obtained by the Fauquier County Board
of Zoning Appeals was obtained on
Current Special Exception expires April 2003.
There are no known zoning violations on the site.
The Engineering Division reviewed this Special Exception request and provided the following single comment:
· Due to the potential increase in vehicular traffic, all areas that are to be used for parking should be gravel or asphalt.
Proposed Changes to Special Exception Conditions
In addition to requesting the renewal of the existing Special Exception, the applicant is seeking modifications to a number of the conditions previously imposed by the Board of Supervisors. Attachment 2 presents the original conditions. The following is a summary of the proposed changes. A more detailed presentation is provided in the applicant’s Statement of Justification. That document is included as Attachment 3.
Condition No. 1
specifies the types of Class C uses allowed on the property.
The applicant is requesting that language be added to include
“charitable and political events and/or fundraisers” within the
list of permitted activities.
Condition No. 5
limits the number of cumulative attendees for wine tasting lunches at 150
persons between the hours of
applicant is requesting two changes: 1) that the number of attendees be
changed from 150 to 200 cumulative attendees, and 2) that the allowed time
be increased by 2 hours -
Condition No. 6 limits
the number of wine tasting dinners to 12 per month between the hours of
applicant is seeking to have the hours for the wine dinners increased
by one hour: 6:00 p.m. and
of Special Exception: The last
approval provided for a 1-year term with two 1-year extensions, to be
approved administratively by the Zoning Administrator. The applicant is
seeking a renewed Special Exception, with the proposed modifications to
the existing conditions for an extended period of five years.
and Planning Commission Recommendation:
In addition to extending the current Special Exception, the applicant has proposed a number of changes to existing conditions; two (increasing the number of Class C events and allowing amplified music) have been withdrawn from consideration. It is the applicant’s intent to expand the outdoor recreational activity on the site.
Planning Commission conducted a site visit and its final review on
that date the Planning Commission voted to forward a recommendation to the
Board of Supervisors to approve the requested extension of the Special
Exception without any changes to the existing conditions. This
recommendation was based primarily on the following concerns:
current conditions are the product of past interaction and negotiations
with adjacent property owners and other concerned parties and have worked
well since the last renewal;
majority of public testimony sought retention of these existing
Planning Commission’s site visit revealed that the state of the existing
road is unchanged from the previous Special Exception renewal,
underscoring the Commissioners concerns about adding additional traffic
resolution reflecting the Planning Commission’s recommendation is
included for the Board’s consideration.