COUNTY OF FAUQUIER

DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

PUBLIC MEETING

STAFF REPORT

JUNE 17, 2002

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

EXPIRATION DATE OF DISTRICT:            January 20, 2005

APPLICANTS:                                               Privilege, Inc.

                                                                        Lourdes Peralta, President

PARCEL ID#:                                                  7001-99-1604-000            62.66 acres

LOCATION:                                                   The subject parcel is located on the south side of Route 686, Landmark 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 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 62.660 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 horse farm.

STAFF REVIEW:

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

        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.

        40D Deep, well drained, strong brown silty soils on moderately steep back slopes; stones cover 0.02 0.1% of the soil surface

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

PLANNING COMMISSION AND AGRICULTURAL AND FORESTAL ADVISORY 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 condition:

        If any of the 62.660 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