Board of Supervisors Meeting Date: 

Amos Lee and Jane Shipe, Owners/Applicants

August 19, 2002

Staff Lead:


Deirdre B. Clark

Community Development




The applicant is seeking approval of a preliminary subdivision plat to divide approximately 150.5 acres zoned RA (Rural-Agricultural) into four (4) single-family residential lots and a residue parcel.  The lots range in size from approximately two (2) acres to ten (10) acres.  A companion administrative division is proposed to create an additional three (3) lots of ± 1.7, 3.0, and ± 128 acres, the residue parcel.  This will result in the creation of seven (7) lots, one less than the eight (8) permitted by allowable density.  The residue parcel of ± 128 acres, eighty-five percent of the parent parcel of record, cannot be futher subdivided.  A deed of Non-Common Open Space shall be recorded at the time of first plat of subdivision. 

Section 9-7 of the Subdivision Ordinance requires that “…all preliminary plats acted on by the Planning Commission shall be referred to the Board of Supervisors at its next regularly scheduled meeting.  If the Board takes no action on the preliminary plat referrals, the preliminary plat shall be deemed approved or denied in accordance with the action of the Planning Commission.”


Requested Action of the Board of Supervisors: 


No action is necessary unless a majority of the Board wishes to consider this preliminary subdivision application.  On July 25, 2002, the Planning Commission voted to approve the Shipe’s Ridge Subdivision Preliminary Plat, subject to the following conditions:    

1.   The final plat shall be in general conformance with the preliminary subdivision plat entitled "Shipe’s Ridge, Lots 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, & 7 Preliminary Plan” dated July 11, 2002 and received in the Planning Office on July 12, 2002.       

2.      Prior to final plat and construction plan approval, the applicant shall submit a detailed landscape plan as required pursuant to Section 7-600 of the Zoning Ordinance.     

3.      A Virginia Certified Professional Soil Scientist (CPSS) shall adjust the preliminary soil map lines (with revisions) onto the final drainfield plat.  This shall be done in the field and checked for any additional soil information to be added to the final scale plat map.

4.      Interpretive information from the County Interpretive Guide for each mapping unit shown on the above plat shall be placed on the same soil map.  Also, a Symbols Legend shall be placed on the plat map to identify spot symbols.

            5.   A signature block shall be placed on this plat for the CPSS to sign which states:


    Preliminary Soils Information Provided by the Fauquier County Soil

    Scientist Office via a Type I Soil map (1”=400’) dated August 13, 2001. 

    This Virginia Certified Professional Soil Scientist has field reviewed

    and adjusted the preliminary soil information onto the final plat (1”=_’)

    and certifies that this is the Best Available Soils Information to Date for

    Lots _______.

    Va. Certified Professional Soil Scientist                  DATE

    CPSS #3401-_______



6.      The following statements shall be placed on the same plat map:

a.      “The County recommends that no below grade basements be constructed on soil mapping units 10B, 13B, 313B&C, 416C and 434B due to wetness unless the foundation drainage system of the structure is designed by a Virginia Professional Engineer.”

b.      “The County recommends that before road or home construction begins in the soil mapping unit 33C a site specific evaluation be conducted so that shallow to bedrock areas are identified.  These areas may require blasting if deep cuts or excavation is done.”

c.      “Before a home is started, the builder shall mark the drainfield area off and not disturb it during construction.”

7.      The shared driveway aprons shall be designed and paved to Virginia Department of

Transportation (VDOT) standards and appropriate bonding shall be posted as required by the County and/or VDOT.

8.      No additional driveway locations shall be permitted along Elk Run Road.



1.  Staff Report

2.  Staff Memorandum, May 30, 2002

3.  Staff Memorandum, June 27, 2002

4.  Staff Memorandum, July 25, 2002