March 18, 2002
Elizabeth A. Cook, Chief of Planning
Hatch, County Soil Scientist
SUBJECT: Golden Oaks Construction, INC
Type I Soil Map was conducted on this parcel on 12/11/2000.
This involved walking over the entire property, boring auger holes
and drafting the different soil types and cultural features onto the base
1 inch = 400 foot soil map needs to be digitized onto the preliminary
plat, along with the symbols legend and interpretive guide information.
As a result of this detailed soil map, a waiver of the preliminary soil
report and 400 foot grid staking as required by the County Subdivision
Ordinance was approved on 2/20/02. Being
very familiar with this parcel, the following comments are made.
are noted first due to importance, with details following.
Recommendations should be forwarded to the Planning Commission in
the staff report as conditions of approval prior to final plat acceptance.
A Virginia Certified Professional Soil Scientist (CPSS) needs to
adjust the Type I Soil Map soil
lines onto the final drainfield plat.
This needs to be done in the field and checked for any additional
soil information to be added to the final scale plat map.
A signature block shall be placed on this plat for the CPSS to sign
Interpretive information from the Type I soil report for each
mapping unit shown on the above
plat shall be placed on the same soil map.
Also a Symbols Legend shall be placed on the plat map to identify
The two statements under Home Sites and Road Construction
shall be placed on the same plat
This plat will be filed in the front office of Community
Development and used exclusively for
obtaining soils information for this proposed
This map needs to be submitted to the Soil Scientist Office before
final plat approval is made.
Home Sites and Road Construction
Due to landscape position (drainageways) and high seasonal water
tables the following statement
needs to be placed on the final
plat: "The County recommends that no below grade basements be
constructed on soil mapping units
10A,13B,16B,50B,313B,413B&C,434B&C due to wetness unless the
foundation drainage system of the structure is designed by a Virginia
Licensed Professional Engineer".
The foundation drainlines should be daylighted for
gravity flow on all structures.
information will need to be provided by the applicant to the Building
Department at the time of application.
mapping units 33B & C is usually shallow to bedrock. The following
statement needs to be placed on the final plat " The County
recommends that before road or home construction begin in map units 33B
and C, a site specific evaluation be conducted so that shallow to bedrock
areas are identified. These areas may require blasting if deep cut or
excavation is done"
3. The soils where the
drainfields are proposed are definitely the best soils on the property for
subsurface sewage disposal systems. The following statement needs to be
put on the final drainfield
plat: "Before a home is started the builder shall mark the
drainfield area off and not disturb it during construction".
4. I question why the house and drainfield on the residue parcel is located in the far corner. To build a driveway to it, the home owner will have to cross several wet bottoms (10A soils). The Type I Soil Map indicates a potential home site located NW of lots 1 and 2. A home/drainfield site in this area would cause less disturbance to these environmentally sensitive areas and less maintenance of the driveway for the home owner, particularly during wet seasons of the year.
are little to no hydric soils (wetlands) on this property.
of the soils in the non-common open space would be considered Prime
Agricultural and Prime Forest