COUNTY OF FAUQUIER
DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
PLANNING COMMISSION STAFF REPORT
APRIL 25, 2002
EXCEPTION #SE 02-M-20
BOXALL/IVERSON TRUST PROPERTY, OPEN SPACE REDUCTION
subject property consists of approximately 50 acres and is located in a
remote, forested area with steep terrain in the Linden area, adjacent to
the Richard Thompson Wildlife Management Area.
The parcel is one of the approximately 25 large-acre lots that make
up the Hazegrove (Hazen Ham) subdivision.
There is an existing residential structure in the southeastern
portion of the property. The
property was purchased by the current owners in 1998 and is jointly owned
by two families. At this
time, the two families would like to divide the property in a more
equitable fashion than what the Zoning Ordinance permits so that separate
titles may be obtained.
the subject property is zoned RA (Agricultural) and greater than 30 acres
in size, the provisions of Article 2-406.3 of the Zoning Ordinance
requiring an 85% open space parcel would apply.
This requirement, combined with the sliding scale density for the
RA district would mean that a 43-acre parcel would have to be placed into
an open space easement and the remaining 7.5 acres could be divided into
two (2) additional lots.
this request, the applicant is also seeking a 4,500 foot modification to
the distance from a public road in the creation of an administrative
AND AGENCY REVIEW
the incorporation of the proposed conditions found at Attachment 1, it is
staff’s evaluation that this application is in substantial conformance
with the Comprehensive Plan and the applicable Zoning Ordinance
provisions. Should the
Planning Commission choose to recommend approval of this open space
reduction, staff recommends that such action should be subject to the
proposed conditions contained in Attachment 1 of this staff report.
is also of the opinion that the modification in the distance from a public
road has some merit to consider in this case as the second house to be
built would be closer to the state road than the existing house on the
property. Further, the
Homeowner’s Association which maintains the private road already
recognizes the subject property as two separate lots for their purposes.
It should also be noted that the Transportation Committee is also
reviewing the possibility of adding Tucker’s Lane to the state road
system, or at least extending the state road beyond where it currently
Statement, including support letters
from adjacent property owners
and appropriate referral agencies have reviewed this request for
conformance with the Comprehensive Plan, the Zoning Ordinance, and other
relevant policies and regulations. Staff
findings, comments and recommendations, as well as referral agency
Subdivision of this parcel under its current zoning
could be permitted with a density of three (3) total lots, two (2)
conventional lots plus the residue of 85%.
The two (2) new lots could be a minimum of one acre each in size.
Staff has proposed a development condition that would prevent each
of the parcels from being further subdivided, thereby reducing the
possible density of this parcel. The
applicant’s proposal would also result in lot sizes greater than what
the Zoning Ordinance would permit under a “by-right” subdivision of
When considering a reduction in the 85% open space
requirement, the following provisions of Article 2-406.5 of the Zoning
Ordinance should be considered:
and/or Historic Resources
with existing character and intensity of area
The County Soil Scientist has indicated that the proposed division of the parcel follows a natural drainageway and yields two usable lots. It is further noted that the steep slopes do not appear to affect the existing road or proposed house site.