PUBLIC HEARING AGENDA REQUEST

Owners/Applicants:

 Board of Supervisors Meeting Date:

Jane M. Hurst, Trustee & Others
James L. Hitt

August 14, 2008

Staff Lead:

Department:

Kimberley Johnson, Zoning Administrator

 Community Development

 

Magisterial District:

PIN:

Marshall

 

6976-45-8936; 6955-18-7271;
& 6955-28-8233

Topic:

 

An Ordinance to Approve the 17th Addition to the Marshall/Warrenton Agricultural and Forestal District

 

Topic Description:

The applicants are requesting three parcels totaling 141.7503 acres be added to the Marshall/Warrenton Agricultural and Forestal District. 

 

Requested Action of the Board of Supervisors:

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

 

Agricultural and Forestal District Advisory Committee and Planning Commission  Recommendation:

The Agricultural and Forestal District Advisory Committee and the Planning Commission unanimously recommended forwarding this item to the Board of Supervisors with a recommendation of approval, subject to the standard conditions.

 

Staff Analysis:

Overview

Each year, landowners may file by February 1st to create a new Agricultural and Forestal District or to add parcels to any existing Agricultural and Forestal District and the Board considers these applications for new districts and additions. 

The Agricultural and Forestal Advisory Committee, as well as the Planning Commission, are charged under the Code with providing advice to the Board of Supervisors relative to these decisions.

The Marshall/Warrenton Agricultural and Forestal District currently contains 172 parcels totaling 12,457.30 acres and will run until June 30, 2012.

Criteria for Evaluating Applications

The Code of Virginia also establishes standards to be considered in determining whether or not to include land in an agricultural and forestal district.  These broad standards include:

  • The agricultural and forestal significance of the land and adjacent land;
  • The presence of any significant agricultural or forestal lands within the district or adjacent areas that are not now in active agricultural or forestal production;
  • The nature and extent of land uses other than active farming or forestry within the district and in adjacent areas;
  • Local development patterns and needs;
  • The comprehensive plan and, if applicable, the zoning regulations;
  • The environmental benefits of retaining the lands in agricultural and forestal uses; and
  • Any other relevant matters.

The Code further states that “in judging the agricultural and forestal significance of land . . . soil, climate, topography, other natural factors, markets for agricultural and forestal products, the extent and nature of farm structures, the present status of agriculture and forestry, anticipated trends in agricultural economic conditions and such other factors as may be relevant” may be considered.

Property

The applicant, Jane M. Hurst, has requested that one parcel containing 62.2503 acres be added to the District.  The property is located on James Madison Highway in Warrenton.  The applicant has indicated that the property is not a working farm but used as open space.  The property has qualified for Land Use taxation for the last five years based on forestal use of the property.

Overview of Property

The 62.2503-acre parcel is partially open and partially wooded, with 100-year floodplain along the entire frontage of the property.  The Commissioner of Revenue records show that the parcel is improved with one dwelling.  The Fauquier County Soil Survey shows the property to predominately have the following soil types:  

Soil Type

Soil Name

Characteristics

Potential

Agricultural Uses

40D

Myersville silt loam, stony

Deep, well drained, strong brown silty soils on moderately steep backslopes; poor development potential

Prime Pasture

45C

Fauquier silt loam

Very deep, well drained, red clayey soils on strongly sloping backslopes; marginal development potential

Secondary Cropland

12A

Rohrersville loam

Very deep, somewhat poorly drained, brownish-yellow loam soils with intermittent high water tables in drainageways; not suited for development

Secondary Pasture

16B

Meadowville silt loam

Very deep, well drained, yellowish-brown to reddish-brown silty soils with intermittent high water tables in concave uplands and along small drainageways; not suited for development

Prime Cropland

Property

The applicant, James L. Hitt, has requested that the two properties totaling 79.50 acres be added to the District.  The property is located on Olinger Road in Marshall.  He indicates that the properties are a full-time working farm with hay as the main crop.  The property has qualified for Land Use taxation for at least the last five years for agriculture.

Overview of Property

The larger 73.4733 acre parcel is almost entirely open space.  The Commissioner of Revenue records show the parcel improved with several barns, shelters, and sheds.  The Fauquier County Soil Survey shows the property to predominately have the following soil types:  

Soil Type

Soil Name

Characteristics

Potential

Agricultural Uses

53D2

Glenelg loam

Very deep, well drained, micaceous, yellowish-red loamy soils on moderately steep backslopes in dissected uplands; marginal development potential

Prime Pasture

55C

Elioak loam

Very deep, well drained, micaceous, dark red clayey soils on rolling summits and strongly sloping backslopes; good development potential

Secondary Cropland

25D

Hazel loam; rocky

Moderately deep, excessively drained, yellowish-brown coarse-loamy soils on narrow summits and moderately steep backslopes; poor development potential

Secondary Pasture

The smaller 6.0267-acre parcel is also almost entirely open space. The Commissioner of Revenue records show that the parcel is improved with one dwelling, a detached garage, and several outbuildings.  The Fauquier County Soil Survey shows the property to predominately have the following soil types:

Soil Type

Soil Name

Characteristics

Potential

Agricultural Uses

53D2

Glenelg loam

Very deep, well drained, micaceous, yellowish-red loamy soils on moderately steep backslopes in dissected uplands; marginal development potential

Prime Pasture

26C

Culpeper fine sandy loam

Very deep, well drained, red clayey soils on rolling summits and strongly sloping backslopes; marginal development potential

Secondary Cropland

55C

Elioak loam

Very deep, well drained, micaceous, dark red clayey soils on rolling summits and strongly sloping backslopes; good development potential

Secondary Cropland

Issues/Staff Recommendation

The parcels are surrounded by parcels located in the Marshall/Warrenton District and allowing the parcels in the District would be in accordance with the County’s policy on preserving agricultural and forestal lands.  Therefore, staff recommends including the parcels in the District.

If the Board recommends the parcels be included in the District, staff recommends that they be subject to the standard conditions.

 

Financial Impact Analysis:

No financial impact analysis has been conducted.

 

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

Commissioner of Revenue
GIS
State Forester
Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services

ATTACHMENTS:

  1. Copy of Applications
  2. Fauquier County GIS Map of Properties
  3. Ordinance to Approve
  4. Resolution to Deny

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