COUNTY OF FAUQUIER

DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

PUBLIC HEARING

STAFF REPORT

JUNE 17, 2002

SUBJECT:  10th Addition to the Plains Agricultural and Forestal District

EXPIRATION DATE OF DISTRICT: January 20, 2005

APPLICANTS:                                                Roberta Jeffries

PARCEL ID#:                                                  6988-27-8257-000      87 acres

LOCATION:                                                   The subject parcel is located at the intersection of Route 746, Mt. Eccentric Road, and Route 698, O’Bannon Road

CURRENT ZONING:                         RA (Rural Agriculture)

SURROUNDING ZONING:                           North:  RA

                                                                        South:  RA

                                                                        East:     RA

                                                                        West:   RA

MAGISTERIAL DISTRICT:                           Scott

STAFF PLANNER:                                         Holly Meade

BACKGROUND:

The Plains Agricultural and Forestal District was originally created in 1981 and was last renewed by the Board of Supervisors effective January 20, 1997 for an eight (8) year period, and expires on January 20, 2005.  The District currently consists of 112 parcels and totals approximately 13,194.92 acres.

The applicants have requested the addition of 87 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 a working farm with cattle and hay.

STAFF REVIEW:

Review of the parcel indicates the site is mostly open with rolling terrain.  The majority of the soils types are suited for prime to secondary cropland with a high potential for forestry.  The subject property was discovered to have the following soil types:

·        2A – Very deep, moderately well drained, yellowish brown loamy soils with intermittent high water tables on floodplains 

·        4A – Very deep, poorly drained, gray loamy soils with intermittent high water tables on concave depressions in floodplains

·        16B – Very deep, moderately well to well drained, yellowish-brown to reddish-brown silty soils with intermittent seasonal water tables in concave uplands and along small drainage ways; developed in recent colluviums and local wash from acid rock materials, may have HYDRIC soil inclusions.

·        41C – Very 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

·        44B3 – Very deep, well drained red clayey soils on undulating summits and gently sloping back slopes

·        44C3 – Very deep, well drained, red clayey soils on strongly sloping back slopes; developed in residuum from massive greenstone and cloritic schist.

·        45B – Very deep, well drained, red clayey soils on undulating summits and gently sloping back slopes; developed in residuum from massive greenstone and cloritic schist.

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 

·        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 condition:

·        If any of the 87-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