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
WHEREAS, since 1999, the applicant has had a Special Exception
allowing certain outdoor recreational activities at the Oasis Winery; and
WHEREAS, in April of 2000, the most recent renewal of this Special
Exception was granted by the Board of Supervisors, subject to certain
in April of 2003, the current Special Exception expires; and
WHEREAS, the applicant has requested a renewal of the current
Special Exception along with modifications to the conditions imposed at
the last renewal; and
WHEREAS, the Planning Commission has conducted a public hearing and
reviewed public testimony on the applicant’s request; and
WHEREAS, the Planning Commission has concluded that the existing
conditions are reasonable and have contributed to the successful
implementation of the current Special Exception; and
WHEREAS, the Planning Commission has further found that the type
and amount of traffic generated by the proposed use is such that it will
not cause undue impact on the neighbors or adversely affect the safety of
Hume Road (Route 635) provided that the events continue to follow the
conditional limitations on time, duration and attendance currently
WHEREAS, the Planning Commission has recommended to the Board of
Supervisors that the renewal of current Special Exception be approved with
no changes to the existing conditions, now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED by the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors this 21st
day of April 2003, That SER03-M-02: Renewal of a Category 9 Special
Exception to Continue Certain Outdoor Recreational Operations at Oasis
Winery be, and is hereby, approved subject to the following finding and
The Board of Supervisors finds that the type and amount of traffic
generated by the proposed use is such that it will not cause undue impact
on the neighbors or adversely affect the safety of
(Route 635) provided that the Class C events and Open Houses follow the
conditional limitations on attendance found below.
Under this special exception, the Class C uses for
this property shall be limited to the following: arts and crafts
shows; family reunions; wedding ceremonies and receptions and similar
receptions; picnics, barbecues, and other similar activities such as
wine tasting dinners and wine tasting lunches; corporate retreats;
education seminars; and community-related arts, cultural, and
When conducting a Class C event with fewer than 150
cumulative attendees, the property and winery may be open to the
general public for an open house. The winery also may be open to the
general public prior to the beginning or after the end of any Class C
event with more than 150 cumulative attendees, on the condition that
those on the grounds at the start of the event are included in the
cumulative numbers. The one exception is that the property and winery
shall not be open to the general public on the day of Class C events
with up to 600 cumulative attendees.
No more than two Class C events may be held in one
day; provided, however, that Class C events may not be held
simultaneously, and provided further that total cumulative Class C
attendees shall not exceed the maximum of 600 permitted hereunder.
Only structures and facilities at the winery and on
the property existing on the Special Exception Plat, the stone patios
and decks, and the grass area adjacent to the pond may be used for
permitted Class C events.
Wine Tasting Lunches and Dinners
Prearranged wine tasting lunches (weddings not
included) up to 150 cumulative attendees shall be allowed between the
Up to 12 per month prearranged wine tasting dinners
(weddings not included) with up to 150 cumulative attendees shall be
allowed between the hours of
A wine tasting dinner held on New Year’s Eve may exceed these time
Class C events (Other
than Wine Tasting Lunches and Dinners)
Up to 12 events (including weddings) per year with up
to 300 cumulative attendees permitted on the property shall be allowed
between the hours of
, provided that all outdoor non-amplified music shall cease no later
Event preparation and breakdown shall cease by
Four events scheduled for one distinct day, between
the hours of
, up to 600 cumulative attendees permitted on the property shall be
allowed on Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, and Oktoberfest
weekends. No other Class C event shall be scheduled for that day, nor
shall the winery be open to the general public.
The winery shall keep records of attendance at all
Class C events and shall make such records available to the Zoning
Administrator upon request. For Class C events described in Conditions
7 and 8, the winery shall issue numbered admittance tickets for all
attendees and shall keep a record at the front gate which can be made
available for inspection during the event, upon request by the
Fauquier County Zoning Administrator or designee.
Only non-amplified music shall be permitted outdoors.
Instruments shall not employ electronic amplification. All other
music, including recorded music, must be played within an enclosed,
sound proofed, permanent structure (this does not include a tent) with
closed windows and doors, except otherwise provided in these
conditions. Such enclosed structure shall be either the existing
winery building or the existing open frame shed renovated with walls.
The existing winery building may be expanded as far as the existing
concrete patio but shall not be expanded to include the new deck or
paved areas identified on the Special Exception Plat.
Sound levels shall not exceed 60 dB at all property
Outdoor wedding ceremonies permitted in Condition 7
which may have traditional, non-amplified, wedding music;
Wine tasting lunches and wine tasting dinners and
other events permitted in Conditions 5, 6 and 7 may have outdoor,
non-amplified, music on the existing patio, tent pad and deck areas;
The four one-day Class C events described in Condition
8 which may have outdoor, non-amplified, music between the hours of
10:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M.
For all Class C events, the winery shall provide the
Zoning Administrator with notice in accordance with Zoning Ordinance
For all Class C events in Conditions 7 and 8, the
winery shall provide notice to all neighbors requesting such notice
within a three-mile radius. The neighbors are responsible for
informing the winery on an annual basis of their desire to be notified
and must provide an address for notification.
There shall be no fireworks displays.
There shall be no helicopter or other aircraft rides
permitted in connection with Class C events.
Hot air balloon rides are permitted at Class C events
two times per year, provided that such events are held between the
months of April and October, inclusive.
Fire extinguishers meeting State and Federal standards
shall be maintained at all buildings and facilities at the winery and
on the property used for Class C events.
All grass areas used for parking shall be mowed and
maintained so as to minimize the risk of fires, and the grass height
in any parking area shall not exceed that as approved by the Director
of Emergency Services.
The winery shall employ sufficient persons to
facilitate the parking of vehicles, to keep track of the number of
attendance, and to control those in attendance.
All on-site parking, entrances, and physical
improvements shall comply with the County’s site plan regulations.
Entrances shall comply with VDOT requirements.
All lighting shall comply with the County’s lighting
ordinance. Parking illumination shall be limited to ground lighting.
The winery shall conform at all times to the Health
Department regulations regarding sewage facilities, food service, hand
washing facilities and wells.
The winery shall add no additional facilities or wine
tasting facilities, nor expand existing wine tasting facilities beyond
those identified in the special exception plat, except those described
in Conditions 4 and 10, without obtaining a new or amended special
The special exception shall be limited as permitted by
Section 5-008 of the Fauquier County Zoning Ordinance to a period of
one (1) year from the date of approval, but may be extended on an
annual basis by the Zoning Administrator in accordance with, the
provisions of Section 5-012 of the Zoning Ordinance for 2 annual
extensions, a total of three (3) years. Thereafter, the special
exception must be renewed in accordance with Section 5-013 of the
Zoning Ordinance. The Zoning Administrator shall notify the Board of
Supervisors at least thirty (30) days prior to renewing the special