COUNTY OF FAUQUIER

DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

PUBLIC HEARING

STAFF REPORT

JUNE 17, 2002

 

SUBJECT:  5th Addition to the Thumb Run Agricultural and Forestal District

EXPIRATION DATE OF DISTRICT: July 7, 2008

APPLICANTS:                                                Donna L. Koski

PARCEL ID#:                                                  6929-42-4716-000 (former PIN#)

            25.0792 acres

LOCATION:                                                   The subject parcel is located at 12025 Leeds Chapel Lane, west of Route 688, Leeds Manor Road and is also known as Lot 1B of Tally Ho Farms Subdivision

CURRENT ZONING:                         RA (Rural Agricultural)

SURROUNDING ZONING:                           North:  RA

                                                                        South:  RA

                                                                        East:     RA

                                                                        West:   RA and RC

MAGISTERIAL DISTRICT:                           Marshall

STAFF PLANNER:                                         Holly Meade

BACKGROUND:

The Thumb Run Agricultural and Forestal District was originally created in 1992 and was renewed by the Board of Supervisors effective July 7, 2000 for an eight (8) year period, expiring July 7, 2008.  The District currently consists of 19 parcels and totals approximately 841.3 acres.

 The applicants have requested 25.0792 acres to be added to the District.  Fauquier County land records show the parcel contains only 24.779 acres; however, a boundary line adjustment was approved in January 2002, bringing the property its current 25.0792 acres.  At this time the County land records have not been updated.  Copies of the application and parcel map are included in your package. 

The application states the property is part of a working farm used for hay and pasture.

STAFF REVIEW:

Review of the parcel indicates the property consists of gently rolling terrain.  The majority of the soils types have the potential for prime pasture and cropland.  The subject property was discovered to have the following soil types:

·        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

·        17B – Very deep, well drained, brown loamy soils in concave swales and along small drainage ways

·        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

·        31C – Very deep, well drained, strong brown, fine-silty (Purcellville) and moderately deep, well drained, strong brown, coarse-loamy (Tankerville) soils on strongly sloping back slopes

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 working farm.

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

·        If any of the 25.072-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