Board of Supervisors Meeting Date: 

James Holbrook, Trustee, Owner

Schiebel Technology Inc., Applicant

May 20, 2002

Staff Lead:


Brian Davis

Community Development

Topic: A Resolution to Approve  Special Exception #SE02-CR-18 James Holbrook, Trustee, owner and Schiebel Technology Inc., applicant

The applicant is seeking special exception approval to relocate a business operation on the subject 330 acres of land on the east side of Route 17 between Bealeton and Morrisville.  The applicant currently operates its business at Vint Hill, and needs room for expansion and a more remote location for testing its unmanned aircraft machines.  The County Economic Development Office has been working with the applicant to find a new location, and the applicants have a contract to purchase two parcels totaling approximately 330 acres, contingent upon special exception approval. 

The proposal initially calls for less than one acre of the total land area to be used for the construction of an 8,300 square foot building with associated parking, landscaping and a launch pad area to be used in testing the remote controlled aerial vehicle systems that will be assembled on site.  Other than the occasional test flights, all business operations would occur indoors.  The special exception conditions recommended by the Planning Commission include some of the following provisions: 

  • Limit number of employees to 25
  • Limit hours of operation from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday
  • Prevent the subdivision of the property during the term of the special exception
  • Various conditions to prevent interference with adjacent property owners or other aircraft
  • Building design similar to adjacent agricultural or residential character
  • No retail sales permitted

The Planning Commission determined that, due to the minimal area to be used, the imposition of the proposed conditions and the fact that there is already a mixture of commercial and industrial uses in the immediate area, this application had sufficient merit for recommending approval. 

Following a public hearing and a site visit, the Planning Commission recommended by a vote of 3-2 that the application be approved, subject to the 17 conditions listed in Attachment 1. 

Requested Action of the Board of Supervisors: 

Hold a public hearing and take appropriate action.  A resolution for approval is attached for consideration. 


Financial Impacts Analysis:

 There was no financial impact analysis required for this request.

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



1.      Resolution of Approval

2.      Planning Commission Staff Report

3.   04-19-02 Memo