PUBLIC HEARING AGENDA REQUEST

Owners/Applicants:

 Board of Supervisors Meeting Date:

David W. Laughlin, Trustee
John C. Brown, IV – Trustee
Elissa L. R. Brown

 

June 14, 2007

Staff Lead:

Department:

Kimberley Johnson, Zoning Administrator

 

Community Development

 

Magisterial District:

PIN:

Scott

 

7002-02-9722; 7002-23-2747; &
7002-33-2028

Topic:

An Ordinance to Approve the 19th Addition to the Middleburg/Marshall Agricultural and Forestal District

 

Topic Description:

The applicants are requesting three (3) parcels totaling 183.1233 acres be added to the Middleburg/Marshall Agricultural and Forestal District (hereinafter “the District”). 

 

Requested Action of the Board of Supervisors:

Conduct a public hearing and consider adoption of the attached Ordinance.

 

Agricultural and Forestal District Advisory Committee and Planning Commission Recommendation:

 

The Agricultural and Forestal District Advisory Board and Planning Commission have both met to review this addition to the District.  These bodies are charged with advising the Board of Supervisors regarding renewals of and additions to agricultural and forestal districts.  The Committee and Planning Commission unanimously recommended to approve the addition, subject to the standard conditions.

 

Staff Analysis:

 

Overview

Each year, landowners may file by February 1st to create a new Agricultural and Forestal District or to add parcels to any existing Agricultural and Forestal District and the Board considers these applications for new districts and additions. 

The Middleburg/Marshall Agricultural and Forestal District currently contains 135 parcels totaling 12,160.271 acres and will run until June 30, 2014.

Criteria for Evaluating Applications

The Code of Virginia also establishes standards to be considered in determining whether or not to include land in an agricultural and forestal district.  These broad standards include:

  • The agricultural and forestal significance of the land and adjacent land;
  • The presence of any significant agricultural or forestal lands within the district or adjacent areas that are not now in active agricultural or forestal production;
  • The nature and extent of land uses other than active farming or forestry within the district and in adjacent areas;
  • Local development patterns and needs;
  • The comprehensive plan and, if applicable, the zoning regulations;
  • The environmental benefits of retaining the lands in agricultural and forestal uses; and
  • Any other relevant matters.

The Code further states that “in judging the agricultural and forestal significance of land . . . soil, climate, topography, other natural factors, markets for agricultural and forestal products, the extent and nature of farm structures, the present status of agriculture and forestry, anticipated trends in agricultural economic conditions and such other factors as may be relevant” may be considered.

Overview of Property

These parcels were added to the District by a Board of Supervisors’ Ordinance on November 19, 1996.  On November 18, 1997, the first renewal of the district occurred and these properties were not included in that ordinance due to an error by the Department of Community Development.  The Director of Community Development is initiating the addition of these properties back into the district to correct the error (see Attachment 1).

The first parcel is almost entirely open space. The Commissioner of Revenue records show that the 70.7390-acre parcel is improved with five homes, three stables, two shelters, two sheds, and a storage building.  The Fauquier County Soil Survey shows the property to predominately have the following soil types:

Soil Type

Soil Name

Characteristics

Potential

Agricultural Uses

31C

Purcellville – Tankerville complex

Very deep, well drained, strong brown, fine-silty (Purcellville) and moderately deep, well drained, strong brown, coarse-loamy (Tankerville) soils on strongly sloping backslopes; marginal development potential

Secondary Cropland

30D

Edneytown – Chestnut complex; rocky

Very deep, well drained, yellowish-brown (Edneytown) loamy soil and moderately deep, well drained dark brown (Chestnut) coarse-loamy soil on moderately steep backslopes in dissected landscapes; marginal development potential

Secondary Pasture

20D

Tankerville – Purcellville complex, rocky

Moderately deep, well drained, strong brown coarse-loamy soils (Tankerville) and very deep, well drained, strong brown fine-silty soils (Purcellville) on moderately steep backslopes; poor development potential

Prime Pasture

17B

Middleburg loam

Very deep, well drained, brown loamy soils in concave swales and along small drainageways; not suited for development

Secondary Cropland

The second parcel is mostly open space with about 25% being wooded.  The Commissioner of Revenue records show no improvements on this parcel.  The Fauquier County Soil Survey shows the property to predominately have the following soil types:

Soil Type

Soil Name

Characteristics

Potential

Agricultural Uses

30C

Edneytown – Chestnut complex; rocky

Very deep, well drained, yellowish-brown (Edneytown) loamy soil and moderately deep, well drained dark brown (Chestnut) coarse-loamy soil on rolling summits and strongly sloping backslopes in dissected landscapes; marginal development potential

Prime Pasture

31C

Purcellville – Tankerville complex

Very deep, well drained, strong brown, fine-silty (Purcellville) and moderately deep, well drained, strong brown, coarse-loamy (Tankerville) soils on strongly sloping backslopes; marginal development potential

Secondary Cropland

20D

Tankerville – Purcellville complex, rocky

Moderately deep, well drained, strong brown coarse-loamy soils (Tankerville) and very deep, well drained, strong brown fine-silty soils (Purcellville) on moderately steep backslopes; poor development potential

Prime Pasture

15B

Seneca loam

Very deep, moderately well drained, yellowish-brown loamy soils with intermittent high water tables in concave swales and along small drainageways; not suited for development

Secondary Cropland

30D

Edneytown – Chestnut complex; rocky

Very deep, well drained, yellowish-brown (Edneytown) loamy soil and moderately deep, well drained dark brown (Chestnut) coarse-loamy soil on moderately steep backslopes in dissected landscapes; marginal development potential

Secondary Pasture

2A

Codorus loam; frequently flooded

Very deep, moderately well drained, yellowish brown loamy soils with intermittent high water tables on floodplain; not suited for development

Secondary Cropland

The third parcel is entirely open space. The Commissioner of Revenue records show no improvements on this parcel.  The Fauquier County Soil Survey shows the property to predominately have the following soil types:

Soil Type

Soil Name

Characteristics

Potential

Agricultural Uses

31C

Purcellville – Tankerville complex

Very deep, well drained, strong brown, fine-silty (Purcellville) and moderately deep, well drained, strong brown, coarse-loamy (Tankerville) soils on strongly sloping backslopes; marginal development potential

Secondary Cropland

38B

Swampoodle loam

Very deep, moderately well drained, mottled brownish-yellow and strong loamy soils with intermittent high water tables on broad summits and slight depressions; may have shrink-swell clay in subsoil; poor development potential

Secondary Cropland

20C

Tankerville – Purcellville complex, rocky

Moderately deep, well drained, strong brown coarse-loamy soils (Tankerville) and very deep, well drained, strong brown fine-silty soils (Purcellville) on rolling summits and strongly sloping backslopes; marginal development potential

Prime Pasture

15B

Seneca loam

Very deep, moderately well drained, yellowish-brown loamy soils with intermittent high water tables in concave swales and along small drainageways; not suited for development

Secondary Cropland

10A

Mongle loam

Very deep, somewhat poorly drained, yellowish brown loamy soils with intermittent high water tables in concave landscapes, along small drainageways and on alluvial fans; not suited for development

Secondary Pasture

 

Issues/Staff Recommendation

Staff is recommending the inclusion of the parcels in the District to correct the error made in 1997 when these parcels were not included in the renewal process.

If the Board recommends the parcels be included in the District, staff recommends that they be subject to the standard conditions.

      

Financial Impact Analysis:

None conducted.

 

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

Commissioner of the Revenue
Agricultural Development Office

Attachments:

1.      Memo from the Director of Community Development

2.      Copy of Applications

3.      Fauquier County GIS Map of Property

4.      Ordinance to Approve

5.      Resolution to Deny

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