COUNTY OF FAUQUIER

DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

PUBLIC HEARING

STAFF REPORT

JUNE 17, 2002

 

SUBJECT:  2nd Addition to the Paris Valley Agricultural and Forestal District

EXPIRATION DATE OF DISTRICT: May 15, 2006

APPLICANTS:                                                John E. and Antoinette M. Hudson

           

PARCEL ID#:                                                  6023-86-4564-000      260.963 acres

6023-94-6137-0                           2.955 acres

LOCATION:                                                   The subject parcel is located on the northwest side of Route 688, Leeds Manor Road

CURRENT ZONING:                         RC (Rural Conservation)

SURROUNDING ZONING:                           North:  RC

                                                                        South:  RC

                                                                        East:     RC

                                                                        West:   RC

MAGISTERIAL DISTRICT:                           Marshall

STAFF PLANNER:                                         Holly Meade

BACKGROUND:

The Paris Valley Agricultural and Forestal District was originally created in 1990 and was last renewed by the Board of Supervisors effective May 15, 1998, for an eight (8) year period, expiring on May 15, 2006.  The District currently consists of 9 parcels and totals approximately 1,250.24 acres.

The applicants have requested the addition of 263.92 acres to be added to the District.  Copies of the application and parcel map are included in your package.

 The application states this parcel is used for cattle and timber.

STAFF REVIEW:

Review of the parcel indicates the site is partially wooded with gently rolling terrain and some rock outcrops. The majority of the soils are not suited for agriculture and have a moderate to low potential for forestry uses.  The subject property was discovered to have the following soil types:

·        20D – Moderately deep, well drained, strong brown coarse-loamy soils (Tankerville) and very deep, well drained, strong brown fine-silty soils (Purcellville) on moderately steep back slopes; 0.1 – 2% rock outcrop

·        41D – Moderately deep, well drained, strong brown (Pignut) and very deep, well drained, yellowish red (Alanthus) silty soils on steep back slopes; surface cover is represented by 3 – 15% stones, 0 – 3% cobbles and 0 – 0.01% rock outcrop

·        41E – Moderately deep, well drained, strong brown silty soils on steep and very steep back slopes; surface cover is represented by 3 – 15% stones, 0 – 3% cobbles and 0 – 0.01% rock outcrop

·        42E – Moderately deep, well drained, strong brown silty soils and 15 – 25% rock outcrop on steep and very steep back slopes; surface cover is represented by 0 – 15% cobbles, 3 – 25% stones, and 0 – 20% boulders

·        88C – Very deep, well drained yellowish-red soils in swales, saddles and drainage ways; rock fragments average more than 35% in the soils mass; soil surface is covered by 0.05 – 4% stones with some gravels, cobbles and boulders

One of the parcels in the proposed addition to the Paris Valley Agricultural and Forestal District is contingent upon a Board of Supervisors’ policy that was adopted on March 6, 1990.  This policy states that parcels which are smaller than twenty-five (25) acres in size shall be excluded from an Agricultural and Forestal District unless one of the following exceptions is met:  (1) The subject property is under an open space easement; and/or (2) The subject property is part of a working farm and under the same ownership, or family ownership, of other lands which are currently a working farm and are in or being added to an Agricultural and Forestal District.

PLANNING COMMISSION AND AGRICULTURAL AND FORESTAL ADIVSORY COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION:

The Planning Commission and the 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

·        The parcel meets the County requirements for inclusion into the District since it consists of a full-time working farm.

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

·        If any of the 260.963 acre parcel is subdivided or boundary adjusted to below 25 acres, then the parcel shall be removed from the District.

·        If the 2.955 acre parcel is subdivided, boundary adjusted, or sold 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