Board of Supervisors Meeting Date:

Raymond E. Graham, Cedar Run District Supervisor


May 14, 2009

Staff Lead:


Kimberley P. Fogle, Assistant Director

Community Development



A Work Session to Review Proposed Changes to Chapter 2, Drainage of the Fauquier County Design Standards Manual


Topic Description: 

Throughout 2008 and into 2009, Community Development staff worked with a committee on the comprehensive review and amendment to Chapter 2 of the Design Standards Manual (DSM), dealing with drainage and stormwater management.  The DSM Committee consisted of private sector engineering design firms that work in Fauquier County, as well as surrounding counties.  In addition, each firm is a current member of the Engineers and Surveyors Institute (ESI).  The content of the final document was developed through consensus and received unanimous recommendation from the DSM Committee. 

The most significant change in Chapter 2 is the removal of the Northern Virginia BMP Handbook as one of the design criteria.  The Northern Virginia BMP Handbook was originally adopted for use by communities with drainage into the Occoquan Reservoir.   Since over 1/3 of Fauquier County drains into the Occoquan, the decision was made with the adoption of the stormwater management ordinance in 2002 to apply these standards to the entire county.  Thus, they were adopted in conjunction with the Virginia Stormwater Management Handbook (VSMH).   With this change, stormwater management ponds will only be designed to the VSMH standards, consistent with the majority of Virginia communities.  This eliminates the often confusing application of two diverse sets of standards.    


Requested Action of the Board of Supervisors:

Conduct a work session. 

Financial Impact Analysis:

No financial impact analysis was performed.


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

Department of Economic Development
Development Community


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