PUBLIC HEARING Agenda REQUEST

Sponsor:

Board of Supervisors Meeting Date:

Chester W. Stribling, Chairman

Lee District Supervisor

 

August 14, 2008

Staff Lead:

Susan K. Eddy, Chief of Planning

Department:
Community Development

 

Magisterial District: Lee
Service District:
Bealeton Service District

 

 

Topic:

Comprehensive Plan Amendment to Chapter 6 - Service Districts - Bealeton, Opal and Remington Service District Plan

 

Update:

The Board of Supervisors held a Work Session and a Public Hearing on this item on June 12, 2008.  Staff has revised the text proposed by the Planning Commission and the map legend based on Supervisors’ comments.  In line with comments received from Board Members, the proposed amendment now incorporates more retail development and introduces the opportunity for carefully integrated “destination” commercial uses such as larger footprint retail stores or theatres.  The text also supports the designation of Marsh Road (Route 17) as a “Boulevard,” where traffic is slowed and the street is tree lined with pedestrian/bicycle accommodation. 

Topic Description:

This amendment (see Attachment 1) identifies areas within the Bealeton Service District that are appropriate for a mix of uses.

In the current Comprehensive Plan, town center design principles are generally called for throughout the Bealeton, Opal and Remington Service District.  The Bealeton Town Center is specifically targeted as a mixed-use area.  To further this mixed-use concept, areas planned for commercial land uses have been re-evaluated for a mix of uses, including residential development.  Specifically re-evaluated were the areas identified on the Bealeton Service District Land Use Plan (see Attachment 2) for Town Center (#2), Commercial Office (#1) and Institutional/Office (#4).  It is now proposed that Area #1 be designated as Commercial Office/Mixed Use and Area #4 be designated as Institutional/Office/Mixed Use (see Attachment 3).

Land use category #2 (Town Center) is the true center of Bealeton.  In recognition of this role, the proposed text states that the highest concentration of uses is planned in this area.  Buildings should be two to three stories and any residential units should be over commercial uses, in live-work units or in multi-family structures.  

Land use category #1 is planned for Commercial Office/Mixed Use and the proposed text states that it should retain a significant component of office uses.  Some retail and service uses are appropriate.  Residential uses could include a combination of residential units over commercial uses, live-work units, townhouses or multi-family units. 

Land use category #4 is planned for Institutional/Office/Mixed Use and the proposed text states that it should retain a significant component of office and institutional uses.  Some retail and service uses are appropriate.  Residential uses could include a combination of residential units over commercial uses, live-work units, multi-family units or townhouses. 

The proposed text also includes town center principles for Bealeton Town Center.  Some of these are contained in Section 1 of the Bealeton, Opal and Remington Service District Plan and include pedestrian orientation; a rectilinear pattern of blocks and interconnecting streets and alleys; and parks and open spaces.  Other town center principles included in the proposed text include a mix of uses within buildings; wide sidewalks to accommodate activities such as outdoor dining; and focal points such as a civic building, square, park, monument, sculpture, etc.

No changes to the service district boundary are proposed with this amendment. 

Planning Commission Action:

The Planning Commission modified the text initiated by the Board of Supervisors to place a much greater emphasis on land use category #2 (Town Center).  Planning Commissioners did not want retail development in land use categories #1 and #4 to compromise the retail vitality of area #2.

 

On April 24, 2008, the Fauquier County Planning Commission unanimously recommended approval of a version of this text amendment.

 

Requested Action of the Board of Supervisors:

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

 

Financial Impact Analysis:

No financial impact analysis has been conducted.

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

Department of Community Development
Department of Economic Development
Commissioner of the Revenue
Department of Parks and Recreation

Attachments: 

1.                     Proposed Text Amendment

2.                     Current Figure BE-1 (From Bealeton, Opal and Remington Service District Plan)

3.                     Proposed Figure BE-1 (From Bealeton, Opal and Remington Service District Plan) 

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