COUNTY OF FAUQUIER

DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

PUBLIC HEARING

STAFF REPORT

JUNE 16, 2003

SUBJECT:  3rd Renewal of the Upperville Agricultural and Forestal District

EXPIRATION DATE OF DISTRICT: November 8, 2003

APPLICANT:                                                  Renewal required to prevent expiration of District

LOCATION:                                                   The Upperville Agricultural and Forestal District is located in northern Fauquier County , centered upon the Village of Upperville .  The District is roughly bounded to the north by the Loudoun County line, to the east by Route 713, to the south by the Norfolk and Southern Railroad, and to the west by Route 17.

PARCEL ID#:                                                  Various (See attached listings)

CURRENT AND SURROUNDING

ZONING:                                                        The entire area surrounding the District is zoned either RA (Agricultural) or RC (Conservation), with the exception of the Village zoning in the area directly adjacent to the village of Upperville

MAGISTERIAL DISTRICT:                           Marshall and Scott

STAFF PLANNER:                                         Holly Meade

BACKGROUND:

The Upperville Agricultural and Forestal District was originally created in 1979 and was last renewed by the Board of Supervisors for a third eight-year term in 1995.  Without this renewal, the District will expire on November 8, 2003 .  The Department of Community Development is in the process of realigning the terms for Agricultural and Forestal Districts.  If renewed, this district would take effect July 1, 2003 and expire June 30, 2011 .  The District currently consists of 99 parcels and totals approximately 6,872.871 acres of land.


 

STAFF REVIEW:

The renewal of the Upperville Agricultural and Forestal District is contingent upon a Board of Supervisors policy which was adopted in March of 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. 

AGRICULTURAL AND FORESTAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION:

In order to make the third renewal of the Upperville Agricultural and Forestal District come into conformance with the above referenced Board of Supervisorís policy, the Agricultural and Forestal Advisory Committee recommends the following action for the Planning Commission to consider: 

        Recommend that all parcels listed on Attachment #1 be approved for renewal into the Upperville Agricultural and Forestal District for another eight year term.  The Department of Community Development is in the process of realigning the terms for Agricultural and Forestal Districts.  If renewed, this district would take effect July 1, 2003 and expire June 30, 2011 .

        Recommend that all parcels listed on Attachment #2 be excluded from the renewal of the Upperville Agricultural and Forestal District unless written notice from the property owner stating that the parcel meets one of the criteria outlined in the Boardís March 1990 policy statement is received prior to the Board of Supervisorís public hearing, which is tentatively scheduled for June 16, 2003.

ATTACHMENTS:

1.      Parcels Recommended for Inclusion in the 3rd renewal of the Upperville Agricultural and Forestal District

2.      Parcels Recommended for Exclusion in the 3rd renewal of the Upperville Agricultural and Forestal District

3.      Upperville Agricultural and Forestal District map