Board of Supervisors Meeting Date:

Inter-Properties, Inc.


August 14, 2008

Staff Lead:


Kimberley Johnson, Zoning Administrator


Community Development


Magisterial District:






An Ordinance to Approve the 20th Addition to the Middleburg/Marshall Agricultural and Forestal District


Topic Description:

The applicant is requesting one parcel totaling 40.82 acres be added to the Middleburg/Marshall 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.


Staff Analysis:


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 Middleburg/Marshall Agricultural and Forestal District currently contains 139 parcels totaling 12,336.85 acres and will run until June 30, 2014.

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.


The applicant has requested that one parcel totaling 40.82 acres be added to the District.  The property is located at the intersection of Atoka Road and Rectors Lane in Marshall.  The applicant has indicated that the property is a full-time working farm with the principal crop listed as hay.  The property has qualified for Land Use taxation for at least the last five years for agriculture.

Overview of Property

The 40.82-acre parcel is entirely open space. The Commissioner of Revenue records show no improvements on the property.  The Fauquier County Soil Survey shows the property to predominately have the following soil types:

Soil Type

Soil Name



Agricultural Uses


Purcellville loam

Very deep, well drained, strong brown fine-silty soils on undulating summits and gently sloping backslopes; good development potential

Prime Cropland


Purcellville – Tankerville complex

Very deep, well drained, strong brown, fine-silty (Purcellville) and moderately deep, well drained, strong brown, coarse-loamy (Tankerville) soils on strongly sloping backslopes; marginal development potential

Secondary Cropland


Purcellville-Swampoodle complex

Very deep, well drained, strong brown silty soils (Purcellville) and very deep, moderately well drained, brownish yellow loamy soils (Swampoodle) with intermittent high water tables on broad summits and slight depressions; poor development potential

Prime Cropland


Seneca loam

Very deep, moderately well drained, yellowish-brown loamy soils with intermittent high water tables in concave swales and along small drainageways; not suited for development

Secondary Cropland

Staff Recommendation

The parcel is surrounded by parcels located in the Upperville and Middleburg/Marshall Districts; however, the parcel should be placed in the Middleburg/Marshall District, as it is within one (1) mile from a core parcel in that District.  Allowing the parcel in the District would be in accordance with the County’s policy on preserving agricultural and forestal lands.  Therefore, staff recommends including the parcel in the District.

If the Board recommends the parcel be included in the District, staff recommends that it 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
State Forester
Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services


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

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