WHEREAS, the Wakefield School, Inc., owner and applicant, is seeking Special Exception Amendment approval to increase the school site by ±12 acres, construct an additional 74,500 square feet of building space, and increase student capacity from 500 to 600 students; and

WHEREAS, on January 25, 2007 and June 28, 2007, the Fauquier County Planning Commission held a public hearing on the proposed Special Exception and unanimously recommended approval of the application, subject to conditions; and

             WHEREAS, on August 9, 2007, the Board of Supervisors conducted a public hearing and considered written and oral testimony; and

            WHEREAS, the Board of Supervisors has determined that the application satisfies the standards of Zoning Ordinance Articles 5-006 and 5-504 and; now, therefore, be it

            RESOLVED by the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors this 9th day of August 2007, That SEAM07-SC-003 be, and is hereby, approved, subject to the following conditions:

  1. This Special Exception is granted for and runs with the land indicated in this application, PIN# 6989-85-8341-000, and is not transferable to other land.
  2. The Special Exception shall grant the following uses at the site:

a.                   Preschool/Day Care Center/Nursery School - allowed in accordance with Zoning Ordinance Sections 3-305.1, 5-006, 5-501, and 5-503.

b.                  Primary School - allowed in accordance with Zoning Ordinance Sections 3-305.2, 5-006, 5-501, 5-502, and 5-504.

c.                   Secondary/Advanced School - allowed in accordance with Zoning Ordinance Sections 3-305.3, 5-006, 5-501, 5-502, and 5-504.

  1. This Special Exception is granted only for the purpose(s), structure(s) and/or uses indicated on the Special Exception Plat, “Wakefield School Special Exception Amendment Plat”, dated March 21, 2007, and received in the Planning Office on April 23, 2007, as approved with this application, as qualified by these development conditions.
  2. This Special Exception shall grant approval of the addition of ±12 acres to the Wakefield School site, as shown on the Special Exception Plat titled “Wakefield School Special Exception Amendment” received in the Planning Office on April 23, 2007 and prepared by Bury + Partners.
  3. This Special Exception shall grant approval of an additional 75,000 square feet of buildings, new roads and parking areas, and new athletic and recreational facilities, in general conformance with the aforementioned Special Exception Plat.
  4. A new Site Plan shall be required per Zoning Ordinance Sections 3-305.1, 3-305.2, 3-305.3, 12-201 and 12-501 for the uses because a new parcel (±12 acres) is being added to the overall site area and new physical changes to the property are proposed that will require 10,000 square feet or more of land disturbance.
  5. Maximum student enrollment per school year shall be six-hundred (600) students with seventy (70) faculty members.
  6. Hours of school operation shall be limited from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.  However, the multipurpose facility is not subject to these hours of operation and it may be used seven (7) days per week.
  7. Wakefield shall have the option to provide before and after school care for children attending its school.  The hours of operation shall start prior to regular school start time and continue after school, including sports and extracurricular activities, until 6:00 p.m.
  8. Except as herein provided, all exterior lighting shall be less than three (3) feet high, downlit, shielded and less than 2.5 foot candles measured at the edge of the area being so lighted, and shall be limited to providing safe access from on-site facilities to parking areas and along pedestrian walkways.  Notwithstanding anything contained in the previous sentence, there shall be no lighting of athletic fields or courts and two (2) entrance sign lights shall be permitted, which light shall be down shielded and 50 watts or less as specified in Condition #12.  Notwithstanding anything to the contrary within this paragraph, pole lights in parking areas shall not exceed twelve (12) feet in height and will be downlit, shielded so that the light source is not visible from outside the property and parking areas shall be lit at less than 2.5 foot-candles.  Lights shall be on a timer to be turned off at 10:00 P.M. unless specific after hour activities require later use on an exception basis.
  9. Except as herein provided, there shall be no outdoor sound amplification of whatever means.  Notwithstanding anything contained in the previous sentence, the following events may include amplification of sound:  graduation ceremonies, parent’s day and founder’s day ceremonies.  Any sound amplification allowed under this condition shall not exceed one-half of the noise performance standards contained in Article 9 of the Fauquier County Zoning Ordinance when measured at the property line.
  10. Except as herein provided, use of the property shall be limited to a non-residential preschool/primary/secondary educational facility serving grades pre-kindergarten through 12.  All organized athletic, cultural and social events shall include participants from the educational institution located on the property.  On-site fund raising activities involving the general public shall be limited to six (6) per year.  Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained in this condition, six (6) community, social and cultural activities not primarily involving school participants shall be allowed on-site per year, provided, however, that any zoning approvals necessary for such activity shall be obtained prior to the activity.
  11. Applicant shall provide a pedestrian connection between the school and the Town of The Plains.
  12. Applicant shall take all steps necessary to request that the Virginia Department of Transportation move the 35 mile an hour speed limit from its present location to a point past the entrance location to the property in the direction of U.S. Rout 66.  In the event VDOT denies the request to move the speed limit signs, applicant shall install school zone signs as are acceptable to VDOT.
  13. Notwithstanding the provisions contained in Condition 3, on-site residential facilities shall be allowed for the headmaster and the caretaker.
  14. Applicant shall provide, at the time of site plan submission, a soils report meeting the standards contained in Section 9-5(C) of the Fauquier County Subdivision Ordinance.  Such report shall be subject to the review and approval of the Fauquier County Soil Scientist, which approval shall be prior to the issuance of any building or grading permit.  The applicant may request waivers or modification of specific Section 9-5 (C) requirements in accordance with the waiver/modification provisions of Section 9-5 of the Subdivision Ordinance prior to preparing the soils report. 
  15. All outdoor recreation areas shall be fully fenced.
  16. All off-street parking, loading areas and recreational facilities shall be screened to mitigate impacts and to enhance overall appearance of the facility.  Installation of screening materials shall be completed, or bonded for completion, prior to issuance of a zoning permit.
  17. Only one (1) sign, similar in design to the school logo, shall be permitted.  The sign shall be double-sided and no more than ten (10) sq. ft. in size and thirty-six (36) inches in diameter.  The sign shall be a relief representation of the logo, circular, and mounted on a freestanding work post placed perpendicular to the highway.  The sign may be lighted on each side by a bulb a maximum of fifty (50) watts from dusk to dawn.  Proposed colors of the sign are gray and deep red.
  18. The access road shall be buffered and screened from the Wiley property.  Plans for the buffering and screening shall be submitted for Planning Commission review and approval as part of the first site plan application.
  19. For outdoor recreation, the number of children that may use the space at any one time is based on the size of the fenced area and the child’s school year as follows: preschool shall have 100 square feet of space per child using the recreational area at any one time; kindergarten through grade 3 shall have 200 square feet of space per child using the recreational area at any one time; and grade 4 through 12 shall have 430 square feet per child using the recreational area at any one time.
  20. The applicant shall comply with all VDOT frontage improvements on Route 245.
  21. The applicant shall comply with all VDOT entrance requirements or improvements.
  22. The new entrance shall be clearly designated as a point of ingress/egress. It shall be adequately marked through a combination of signage and pavement markings.
  23. The applicant shall provide dedication of land on its parcel for a future traffic circle on Route 245 as shown on Exhibit A titled “Wakefield School Entrance Exhibit, Option 2” dated June 21, 2007 and prepared by Bury + Partners..
  24. The school may phase its building expansion.
  25. The proposed buildings shall be in keeping with the materials of the other facilities on campus.  Two-story building heights shall be kept as low as possible.
  26. The applicant shall provide evidence that the water system will meet fire protection requirements for the completed project.
  27. The applicant shall provide a Geotechnical Report with the Site Plan for structures and SWM ponds.
  28. SWM/BMP facilities shall be provided with each phase of construction.
  29. The applicant shall provide a Jurisdictional Delineation (JD) verified by the Corps of Engineers with the first submission of Final Site Plan and evidence of permit, if applicable.
  30. The school shall take all steps necessary to ensure that no interior lighting is visible beyond property boundary after 9:00 p.m.  This hour may be extended to midnight four (4) times per year with 24-hour advance notice, provided in writing, to the Zoning Administrator.


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