Board of Supervisors Meeting Date:

Richard W. Robison, Center District Supervisor


July 19, 2004

Staff Lead:


Elizabeth A. Cook, Chief of Planning


Community Development

Magisterial District:  Center



A Resolution to Abandon a Portion of Cedar Run Drive in Fauquier County

Topic Description:

On March 15, 2004, the Board of Supervisors held a public hearing on a request to abandon a portion of Cedar Run Drive, which is not currently in the State Secondary System of Highways.  At that time, the Board of Supervisors decided to continue with the abandonment process.  The official process requires public notice and affords the opportunity for requests for a public hearing. 


Since that time, the County has received requests to reconsider the abandonment.  On June 21, 2004, the Board of Supervisors scheduled a public hearing to again consider the abandonment as a result of those requests.


The street was dedicated to public use with Phase Two of the Millwood Subdivision Plat dated November 1979, and recorded in deed book 409 at page 583 among the Fauquier County land records.  Sixty (60) feet of right-of-way was dedicated with the plat to provide for a future connection to Route 678.  However, a temporary cul-de-sac was put in place rather than a full connection to Route 678.  The portion of the street to be abandoned has never been improved and used as a street.  Additionally, this portion of Cedar Run Drive was never taken into the State Secondary System of roads.


The Transportation Committee has recommended that the Board consider directing the County Administrator to no longer pursue the abandonment of this section of right-of-way, and not to seek establishment of a permanent cul-de-sac in this location.  The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has recommended that the right-of-way remain available to provide options for future development of road connections.


Requested Action of the Board of Supervisors:

Hold a public hearing and consider adoption of the attached resolution.


Transportation Committee Recommendation:

On January 28, 2004, the Transportation Committee recommended that the Board of Supervisors consider retaining the Cedar Run Drive right-of-way, and not institute the abandonment process.


Financial Impact Analysis:

There was no financial impact analysis required for this request.  However, if the Board of Supervisors decides to proceed with the abandonment, the excess right-of-way will need to be conveyed to the adjoining property owners.  In addition, the County will pursue acquiring a permanent cul-de-sac rather than the Temporary Turn Around Easement shown on the Millwood subdivision plat.  This temporary cul-de-sac acquisition could result in fees for surveying work to prepare easement plats.


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


Department of Community Development

Residents along Cedar Run Drive

Residents in the Millwood Subdivision and other neighboring property owners




1.      Portion of the Millwood Subdivision Plat