On April 27, 2006, the Planning Commission held a public
hearing on this item, and unanimously forwarded the
application to the Board of Supervisors with a
recommendation of approval, subject to conditions.
ODEC has received special exception approval for its already
constructed Marsh Run Peaking Facility located on the 270+
acre parcel. One of the conditions for approval (Condition
#18) stated: the applicant shall work with Fauquier County
environmental organizations and public schools in
development and establishment of planned wildlife habitats,
wildlife observation areas, including boardwalks and other
associated viewing areas within the established woodland
field and marsh environment, consistent with state and
federal regulations. As part of the planning for such
wildlife preservation areas, the applicant shall endeavor to
create areas that may serve as hunting preserves, assuring
that such hunting areas are compatible with and
complementary to the other preserved natural areas. The
application by Mr. Selby provides the essential details to
implement this “hunting preserve” provision envisioned for
the Marsh Run Generation Facility site.
The applicant requests approval to use 272 acres of leased
land from ODEC as a hunting preserve. The preserve raises
and releases for game hunting including quail, chukar, and
pheasant. Bird hunting on the preserve, as mandated by
state law, may only take place between September 1 and April
30. All hunters will be accompanied by trained guides who
are familiar with the rules of the preserve, local and state
laws and the boundaries of the preserve.
As proposed, the hunting preserve would be managed by the
applicant, who currently operates the Shady Grove Kennel &
Hunting Preserve, Inc. (on 500 leased acres) in the area.
The applicant is a professional bird hunter and dog
According to the applicant’s Statement of Justification,
they will not remove any trees on the property. Portions of
the ODEC property will be farmed in a manner designed to
provide habitat for wildlife. The Special Exception plat
shows the areas to be farmed with crops such as corn, grain,
sorghum and hay.
The applicant has requested that the Special Exception
approval be granted for an indefinite period of time.
According to the Statement of Justification, there will be
no structures built on the site and the operation will
require no more than twelve (12) employees.
The facility will operate under all applicable state and
local regulations. To illustrate these regulations, the
applicant has submitted the Virginia Department of Game and
Inland Fisheries Shooting Preserve Conditions with its
application. This document details the general provisions
applicable to all shooting preserves.
The preserve would be limited to bird hunting and the use of
shotguns with birdshot. Hours of operations are requested
as 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Special Exception plat shows
a 100-foot buffer zone (for safety) that surrounds the
perimeter of the designated hunting area.