A Resolution to Approve Arlington Outdoor Education Association SPEX07-SC-012: A Special Exception Request to Allow for the Indoor/Outdoor Technical School and Expansion of the Learning Lab

WHEREAS, Arlington Outdoor Education Association, owner and applicant, is seeking Special Exception approval to allow for an indoor/outdoor technical school and expansion of the Learning lab on the parcel known as PIN 7907-47-1045-000; and

WHEREAS, on April 26, 2007 and May 31, 2007, the Fauquier County Planning Commission held public hearings on the proposed Special Exception; and

WHEREAS, the Fauquier County Planning Commission recommended approval of the application, subject to conditions; and

WHEREAS, on June 14, 2007, the Board of Supervisors conducted a public hearing and considered written and oral testimony; and

            WHEREAS, the Board of Supervisors has determined that the application satisfies the standards of Zoning Ordinance Articles 5-006, 5-504 and 5-505; now, therefore, be it

            RESOLVED by the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors this 14th day of June 2007, That SPEX07-SC-012 be, and is hereby, approved, subject to the following conditions:

  1. The Special Exception is granted for and runs with the land indicated in this application and is not transferable to other land.
  2. This Special Exception is granted only for the purpose(s), structure(s) and/or uses indicated on the Special Exception Plat approved with the application, as qualified by these development conditions.
  3. This Special Exception shall be granted for a period of ten (10) years from the date of approval and must be renewed by the Board of Supervisors in accordance with the provisions of Section 5-013 of the Zoning Ordinance.
  4. A maximum of three (3) school buses per day may visit the site.  (It is anticipated that teachers and staff may arrive in separate vehicles.)
  5. No more than one hundred seventy-five people (175) shall occupy the site at any given time.
  6. The facility may be in operation for 12 months, with the condition that it complies with Fauquier County School inclement weather road advisories.
  7. During the school year, normal hours of operation for school science programs are Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  8. Summertime daytime programs shall be allowed Monday through Friday.
  9. Daytime weekend science programs shall also be allowed throughout the year.
  10. Overnight camping events, so long as the number of attendees does not to exceed the normal maximum number of attendees at the school, shall also be allowed.
  11. Staff shall be allowed on site prior to scheduled activities and remain on site afterwards to allow for adequate preparation and clean-up.
  12. The AOEA shall be allowed to conduct open house events six (6) times per year.
  13. Camping and Open House events shall conform to all Health Department and Emergency Services notification requirements. 
  14. Permanent structures to be used as classrooms shall be restricted to the existing buildings on site, including the second floor addition, as indicated on the Special Exception Plat titled “Special Exception Zoning Application Exhibit” dated April 26, 2007.  Other structures utilized for maintenance, storage of materials used for the education curriculum, agricultural purposes, student projects, or temporary uses shall be allowed if they are in accord with the applicant’s Virginia Outdoors Foundation (VOF) easement.
  15. All lighting shall be in conformance with the Fauquier County Zoning Ordinance and positioned downward, inward and shielded to eliminate glare from all adjacent properties.
  16. The applicant shall submit to the Zoning Administrator, on an annual basis, a summary of attendance records for the events to ensure that attendance limitations are maintained.
  17. The applicant shall comply with all applicable water and sewage treatment standards as determined by the Health Department.
  18. All parking for school activities and camping must be provided on site, and parking areas shall be no closer than one hundred feet from any adjacent property with the exception of the historic parking lot at the entrance to the property.  The historic parking area shall be allowed to remain in use but shall not be permitted to increase in size.
  19. For Open House events, temporary offsite parking shall be permitted on the adjacent property identified as PIN # 7907-76-3394 in the County tax records, subject to the permission of the landowner.
  20. All grass areas used for parking shall be mowed and maintained as to minimize the risk of vehicle and field fires.
  21. In no event shall fireworks, hot-air balloons or helicopters be used.
  22. The applicant shall require its employees and all invitees to strictly comply with State burning laws and copies of such laws shall be posted on site.


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