COMMISSION STAFF REPORT
MARCH 28, 2002
EXCEPTION CASE #02-S-17
HENSLEY/POSTON – AQUAROBIC FILTER SYSTEM
applicant has contracted to purchase the 1.464-acre parcel subject to
approval of the installation of an Aquarobic Septic System to serve a
three-bedroom residence proposed for the site.
Because the soils do not percolate and will not accommodate a
conventional septic system, an Aquarobic system was recommended by the
applicant’s soil consultant. The Aquarobic system pre-treats wastewater
in a mini-plant from which it is pumped and distributed across the top of
the filter bed. Although the
mini-plant, which provides primary treatment, is considered conventional,
the filter bed is classified as “experimental” by the Health
Department and, therefore, requires a special exception.
the County Soil Scientist and the Health Department concur that this type
of system is a suitable alternative to serve the residence proposed for
and Agency Review
is staff’s evaluation that this application is in substantial
conformance with the Comprehensive Plan and with applicable Zoning
Ordinance provisions. As
staff recommends that the Planning Commission forward SE 02-S-17 to the Board of Supervisors with a recommendation of approval, subject to the conditions cited in Proposed Development Conditions, Attachment #1.
Staff and appropriate referral agencies have reviewed this request for conformance with the Comprehensive Plan, the Zoning Ordinance and other relevant policies and regulations. Staff findings, comments and recommendations, as well as referral agency comments, follow:
The subject property is designated for Village
Residential uses in the Comprehensive Plan.
The approval of this application provides for the development of
this property in a manner that is in conformance with the Comprehensive
The Comprehensive Plan acknowledges poor soil
conditions and accompanying percolation problems in portions of the
Village of Rectortown.
Under Section 3-320, Public Utilities, of the Zoning
ordinance, the Board may approve a Special Exception for a private sewage
treatment system in a Village District. In approving such a system, the
Board may establish conditions including, but not limited to use,
maintenance and testing.
PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT CONDITIONS
it is the intent of the Fauquier County Planning Commission to recommend
approval of SE 02-S-17 located on Parcel I.D. 6061-69-5885 for an
experimental private sewage treatment facility pursuant to Section 3-320
of the Fauquier County Zoning Ordinance, staff recommends that the
Planning Commission require conformance with the following development
special exception is granted only for the purpose(s), structure(s) and/or
indicated on the special exception plat approved with the
application, as qualified by
these development conditions.
3. The system shall serve the proposed three(3) bedroom residential structure only.
shall be reported to the Health Department.