Board of Supervisors Meeting Date:


Karl D. and Brenda L. Germain, Owner/Applicant


May 11, 2006


Staff Lead:




Bonnie Bogert, Planner

Community Development


Magisterial District:



Cedar Run





A Resolution to Approve a Right-of-Way Less Than Fifty Feet in Width, Cedar Run District


Topic Description:

The owners are seeking a waiver of Zoning Ordinance Section 7-302 1.C., Limitations, which would allow a right-of-way that is less than fifty (50) feet in width. The subject property is currently accessed by way of a thirty (30) foot wide easement, which connects to Carriage Ford Road (Route 607) in Prince William County. The subject property does not have frontage on Carriage Ford Road. The existing easement runs across an adjacent property, which does front on Carriage Ford Road.

The subject property consists of approximately 33 acres. The portion of the property that is served by the existing easement is located in Prince William County, and the remaining 12.16 acres are located in Fauquier County. The applicant is proposing to divide the 12.16-acre portion into two (2) lots, an administrative lot and a residue. The adjoining property owner, on whose property the easement runs, will not grant permission to widen the easement from thirty (30) feet to fifty (50) feet. The fifty (50) feet is the required easement width for an administrative division on a parcel with no state road frontage. As proposed, the easement on the subject property would be fifty (50) feet in width, but the portion on the adjacent property (in Prince William County) would remain thirty (30) feet in width and would connect directly to Carriage Ford Road. Prior to approval of the administrative division by Fauquier County, the plats would need to be reviewed and approved by Prince William County.

Attachments 1 and 2 provide location maps for the subject parcel in relation to the county and Carriage Ford Road. Attachment 3 is the proposed division showing access to the lots. The applicants’ Statement of Justification is included as Attachment 4. The letter from the adjoining property owner is included as Attachment 5.


Planning Commission Action:

On April 27, 2006, the Planning Commission unanimously recommended approval of the applicants’ waiver of Section 7-302 1.C. of the Zoning Ordinance.  The Planning Commission staff report is available upon request.


Requested Action of the Board of Supervisors:

Consider adoption of the attached resolution.


Financial Impact Analysis:


Other Departments, Organizations or Individuals affected by this request:



1.      County Wide Vicinity Map

2.      Vicinity Map

3.      Proposed Lot Layout

4.      Statement of Justification

5.      Letter from Adjoining Property Owner

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