PUBLIC HEARING Agenda REQUEST

Sponsor:

Board of Supervisors Meeting Date:

Chester W. Stribling, Chairman,

Lee District Supervisor
 

June 12, 2008

Staff Lead:

Susan K. Eddy, Chief of Planning

Department:
Community Development

 

Magisterial District: Lee
Service District:
Bealeton Service District

 

 

Topic:

Comprehensive Plan Text Amendment to Chapter 6 - Service Districts - Bealeton, Opal and Remington Service District Plan.

 

Topic Description:

This text amendment (see Resolution) identifies areas within the Bealeton Service District that are appropriate for a mix of uses.

In the current Comprehensive Plan, town center design principles are generally called for throughout the Bealeton, Opal and Remington Service District.  The Bealeton Town Center is specifically targeted as a mixed-use area (Attachment 2).  To further this mixed-use concept, areas planned for commercial land uses have been re-evaluated for a mix of uses, including residential development.  Specifically re-evaluated were the areas identified on the Bealeton Service District Land Use Plan (see Figure BE-1 Attachment 2) for Town Center (#2), Commercial Office (#1) and Institutional/Office (#4). 

Land use category #2 (Town Center) is the true center of Bealeton and, in time, is planned to function as the Bealeton Main Street.  In recognition of this future role, the proposed text states that the highest concentration of uses is planned in this area.  Buildings should be two to three stories and any residential units should be over commercial uses, in live-work units or in multi-family structures.  

Land use category #1 is currently planned for Commercial Office uses and the proposed text states that it should retain a dominant presence of commercial uses.  Limited retail and service uses are appropriate.  Residential uses could include a combination of residential units over commercial uses, live-work units or multi-family units. 

Land use category #4 is currently planned for Institutional/Office uses and the proposed text states that it should retain a dominant presence of commercial uses, particularly office and institutional uses.  Retail uses should be restricted to neighborhood retail to serve adjacent residents and office workers.  Residential uses could include a combination of residential units over commercial uses, live-work units, multi-family units or townhouses. 

The proposed text also includes town center principles for Bealeton Town Center.  Some of these are contained in Section 1 of the Bealeton, Opal and Remington Service District Plan and include pedestrian orientation; a rectilinear pattern of blocks and interconnecting streets and alleys; and parks and open spaces.  Other town center principles included in the proposed text include a mix of uses within buildings; wide sidewalks to accommodate activities such as outdoor dining; and focal points such as civic building, square, park, monument, sculpture, etc.

No changes to the service district boundary are proposed with this text amendment. 

A meeting of participants from the 2004 Bealeton Service District Plan Citizens Committee and landowners was held on March 24, 2008 to discuss this text amendment.  While attendance at the meeting was low, the participants were supportive of the text changes with minor modifications.  These modifications are reflected in the attached resolution.

Planning Commission Action:

The Planning Commission modified the text to place a much greater emphasis on land use category #2 (Town Center).  Commissioners did not want retail development in land use categories #1 and #4 to compromise the retail vitality of area #2. 

On April 24, 2008, the Fauquier County Planning Commission unanimously recommended approval of this text amendment.

 

Requested Action of the Board of Supervisors:

Hold a public hearing and consider adoption of the attached resolution.   

 

Financial Impacts Analysis:

No financial impact analysis has been conducted.

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

Department of Community Development
Department of Economic Development
Commissioner of the Revenue
Department of Parks and Recreation

Attachments: 

1.                     Proposed Text Amendment

2.                     Figure BE-1 (From Bealeton, Opal and Remington Service District Plan)

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