Board of Supervisors Meeting Date:

R. Holder Trumbo, Jr., Chairman, Scott District Supervisor


July 9, 2009


Staff Lead:


Susan K. Eddy, Chief of Planning


Community Development



A Comprehensive Plan Amendment to the New Baltimore Service District Plan Concerning the Alignment of Route 215


Topic Description: 

On April 9, 2009, the Board of Supervisors initiated an amendment to the New Baltimore Service District Transportation Plan to eliminate the Route 215 Alignment/Interchange Flexibility Area and to amend the associated descriptive text.

The adopted New Baltimore Service District Plan (NBSDP) includes an Alignment/Interchange Flexibility Area for Route 215, shown on NBSDP Figures 3 and 5.  This area is commonly referred to as “The Fan.”  In addition, a stated priority in the NBSDP Transportation Section is to initiate the improvement plan for the Route 215 corridor from Vint Hill to the U.S. 15/29 interchange.   Table 5 of the adopted NBSDP contains a description of this project that includes making Route 215 a four-lane divided highway.   


NBSDP FIGURE 3 – Transportation Plan for Buildout (Excerpt)

Alignment/Interchange Flexibility Area for Route 215 (Shown in Green)



The Fauquier County Transportation Committee was tasked by the Board of Supervisors in 2008 with making a recommendation on the alignment of Route 215.  After months of study, the Transportation Committee voted, at its March 25, 2009 meeting, to recommend that Route 215 be retained in its existing alignment from Prince William County to U.S. 15/29.  The committee further recommended:

 “While retaining the option of making Route 215 a 4-lane road on its current alignment, explore retention of Route 215 as a 2-lane primary road, with traffic calming design alternatives on Route 215 intersections (e.g., roundabout design at the Route 600/215 intersection) in lieu of the more conventional turn lane movements and traffic signalization, historic markers and the designation of the northernmost section through Buckland Farms as a historic parkway.  (Comment: In the context of the recognized battlefield area, improvements to facilitate preservation and public appreciation for Buckland Races battlefield sites within Fauquier County should be planned.)”

The full report from the Transportation Committee is included as Attachment 1.  Other studies evaluated by the Transportation Committee, including studies of traffic, intersection improvements and historic resources, are referenced in Attachment 1 with links to their availability on the County website.

Staff has prepared amendments to the New Baltimore Service District Plan to reflect the changes recommended by the Transportation Committee. These changes, contained in the attached Resolution, include:

·         retaining Route 215 on its current alignment;

·         retaining Route 215 as a two lane road for as long as practicable;

·         considering traffic calming measures;

·         facilitating preservation and public appreciation of the Buckland Races Battlefield Sites;  and

·         preserving the option of making Route 215 a four lane road.


Planning Commission Summary and Action of May 28, 2009:

The Planning Commission discussed this item at its work session.  The Planning Commission held a public hearing on this item.  No members of the public spoke.  The Planning Commission unanimously recommended approval of this Comprehensive Plan Amendment.


Requested Action of the Board of Supervisors:


Conduct a public hearing and consider adoption of the attached Ordinance.


Identify any other Departments, Organizations or Individuals that would be affected by this request:

Citizens of New Baltimore


Report from Transportation Committee on Route 215 (Vint Hill Road) in Fauquier County

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