COUNTY OF FAUQUIER

DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

PUBLIC HEARING

STAFF REPORT

JUNE 17, 2002

 

SUBJECT:  6th Addition to the Cobbler Mountain Agricultural and Forestal District

EXPIRATION DATE OF DISTRICT: March 6, 2006

APPLICANTS:                                                Thomas and Patricia Fabyanic

PARCEL ID#:                                                  6938-85-7801-000      28.172 acres

LOCATION:                                                   The subject parcel is located on the north side of Route 635, Hume Road

 

CURRENT ZONING:                         RA (Rural Agricultural) and RC (Rural

Conservation)

SURROUNDING ZONING:                           North:  RA

                                                                        South:  RA

                                                                        East:     RA and RC

                                                                        West:   RA and RC

MAGISTERIAL DISTRICT:                           Marshall

STAFF PLANNER:                                         Holly Meade

BACKGROUND:

The Cobbler Mountain Agricultural and Forestal District was originally created in 1981 and was last renewed by the Board of Supervisors effective March 6, 1998 for an eight (8) year period, expiring March 6, 2006.  The District currently consists of 26 parcels and totals approximately 2,702.54 acres.

The applicants have requested 28.172 acres to be added to the District.  Copies of the application and parcel map are included in your package. 

The application and accompanying letter from the owner states the property is mainly used for forestry; however, an attempt is being made to salvage an aging orchard.

STAFF REVIEW:

Review of the parcel indicates the north portion of the property is heavily wooded and constitutes a portion of the southern slope of Big Cobbler Mountain.  The property contains very steep slopes with rock outcrops.  The subject property was discovered to have the following soil types:

·        1221E –Deep, well drained, dark yellowish-brown loamy soils on steep back slopes of the Blue Ridge; rock outcrops cover 5 – 15% and loose stones cover 10 – 40% of the surface

·        18D –Moderately deep, well drained, strong brown, coarse-loamy soils on moderately steep back slopes; 2 – 10% rock outcrop and 3 – 15% stones and/or boulders cover the surface

·        87C – Very deep, well drained, dark yellowish brown soils on foot slopes and benches; semi-rounded stones and cobbles make up 5 – 50% of the soil mass

PLANNING COMMISSION AND AGRICULTURAL AND FORESTAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION:

The Planning Commission and Agricultural and Forestal Advisory Committee voted to recommend approval for the following reasons:

·      Review of the natural features of this parcel indicates that there are significant resources which are worthy of protection and would enhance the District, and

·        The parcel meets the criteria for evaluating the factors for inclusion into the District as required by Section 15.2-4306 of the Code of Virginia, and

In addition, both groups recommend approval with the following condition:

·        If any of the 28.172 acre parcel is subdivided or boundary adjusted to below 25 acres, then the parcel shall be removed from the District.

ATTACHMENTS:

A.     Copy of Application

B.     Copy of Fauquier County Geographic Information Systems Map

C.     Copy of Section 15.2-4306 of the Code of Virginia