RESOLUTION

A RESOLUTION TO DENY SPECIAL EXCEPTION SE03-C-32 REQUESTING APPROVAL OF A COMMUNITY WASTEWATER TREATMENT AND DISPOSAL SYSTEM, LANDMARK PROPERTY DEVELOPMENT, LLC, APPLICANT

WHEREAS, the Applicant is seeking a Special Exception to allow the construction of a community wastewater treatment and disposal system to serve a proposed 64 lot subdivision; and

WHEREAS, in the matter of SE03-C-32: A Special Exception to construct a community wastewater treatment facility, the Planning Commission has conducted a public hearing; and

WHEREAS, based on public testimony, staff analysis and its own deliberations the Planning Commission has made a number of findings and conclusions regarding the proposed system; and

WHEREAS, the Board of Supervisors conducted a public hearing on this request and concurs with the Recommendation of the Planning Commission; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED by the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors this 18th day of August 2003, That SE03-C-32 be, and is hereby, denied based on the following findings and conclusions:

  1. The Applicant has failed to demonstrate the long-term viability of the proposed land application of sewage effluent.
  2. Absent an agreement to transfer the proposed system to public ownership, the Applicant has failed to demonstrate either the long-term viability of system ownership or operational responsibility.
  3. The Applicant has failed to adequately demonstrate the provision of 200% reserve drainfield area as recommended by the Fauquier County Water and Sanitation Authority (WSA) draft standards for such systems.
  4. The Applicant has failed to adequately demonstrate that the proposed community drainfield system will not adversely affect the use or development of neighboring properties.
  5. The Applicant has failed to demonstrate that the anticipated life of the proposed system will provide adequate long-term sewage disposal for the proposed community.
  6. The Applicant has failed to demonstrate that the proposed land application of treated sewage will not degrade surface or groundwater to an extent that may hinder or discourage the development or use of adjacent properties.
  7. Similar systems in other jurisdictions have required extensive upgrades and/or replacements with conventional sewage systems at significant public cost; the proposed system provides no safeguards against such an occurrence.
  8. The Applicant has failed to provide adequate information on long-term operating history and reliability of the proposed system.
  9. The Applicant has failed to demonstrate that the primary drainfields, required reserve drainfield areas, SWM/BMP facilities, and required open space can all be adequately accommodated within the proposed development.
  10. The denial of this request will not preclude the Applicant from pursuing other reasonable development opportunities for this site.