COUNTY OF FAUQUIER

DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

PUBLIC HEARING

STAFF REPORT

JUNE 17, 2002

SUBJECT:  9th Addition to the Upperville Agricultural and Forestal District

EXPIRATION DATE OF DISTRICT: October 3, 2003

APPLICANTS:                                                Paul and Marion MacMahon

                                                           

PARCEL ID#:                                                  6054-36-7386-000      23.04 acres

LOCATION:                                                   The subject parcel is located on the south side of Route 50, John Mosby Highway, at the Fauquier/Loudoun County line

CURRENT ZONING:                         RA (Rural Agriculture)

SURROUNDING ZONING:                           North:  RA

                                                                        South:  RA

                                                                        East:     RA

                                                                        West:   RA

MAGISTERIAL DISTRICT:                           Marshall

STAFF PLANNER:                                         Holly Meade

BACKGROUND:

The Upperville Agricultural and Forestal District was originally created in 1979 and was renewed by the Board of Supervisors effective October 3, 1995, for an eight (8) year period, expiring on October 3, 2003.  The District currently consists of 96 parcels and totals approximately 6,946.62 acres.

The applicants have requested the addition of 23.040 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 part of a working farm and contiguous to two other parcels currently in the district. 

STAFF REVIEW:

Review of the parcel indicates the site is open with gently rolling terrain.  The majority of the soils types consist of potential for secondary cropland and moderately high potential for forestry. The subject property was discovered to have the following soil types:

·        10A – Very deep, somewhat poorly drained, yellowish brown loamy soils with high water tables in concave landscapes, along small drainage ways and on alluvial fans

·        28C – Very deep, well drained, red clayey soils (Fauquier) and/or very deep, well drained, red loamy soils (Eubanks) on summits and strongly sloping back slopes

·        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

·        38B – Very deep, moderately well drained, mottled brownish-yellow and strong brown loamy soils with intermittent high water tables on broad summits and slight depressions; may have shrink-swell clay in subsoil

The proposed addition to the Upperville 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 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 23.04-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