TO:                 Fauquier County Planning Commission

FROM:           Deirdre Clark, Senior Planner

DATE:            July 25, 2002

SUBJECT:     Preliminary Plat #PP02-CR-10, Shipe’s Ridge


The applicant sought approval of a preliminary subdivision plat to divide ±150.5 acres zoned RA (Rural Agricultural) into three (3) residential lots and a residue parcel.  As proposed, the lots ranged in size from 2 acres to ±3 acres.  A companion administrative division is proposed to create an additional 3 lots from the residue parcel.


The property is located on the south side of Elk Run Road (State Route 806), between its intersection with Ensors Shop Road (State Route 637) and Roselawn Lane.

At its April 25, 2002 meeting, at the request of the applicant, the Planning Commission postponed action on this application for 30 days to allow the applicant time to make revisions to the preliminary plan and to respond to outstanding concerns.  A similar request was made at the meeting of the Planning Commission on May 30, 2002 and, again, on June 27, 2002.

Currently, the applicant seeks approval of a preliminary subdivision plat to divide the subject property into four (4) residential lots and a residue parcel.  As proposed, the lots will range in size from approximately two (2) acres to ± 10 acres.  The proposed companion administrative division application has been submitted to create the additional three (3) lots, ranging in size from ± 1.7 acres to ± 128-acre residue parcel. 


Staff has met with the applicant, the applicant’s representative and Virginia Department of Transportation staff to discuss and resolve lot frontage and access issues.  As currently proposed, the preliminary subdivision plat includes lots 1, 2, 3 and 4, which will be accessed from Elk Run Road (Route 806) by way of two (2) access points.  Lot 1 will be accessed by way of a driveway

from the paved entrance, which shares the private road (Shipe’s Ridge Drive) that is proposed to serve the administrative lots (lots 5, 6 and 7, the residue lot).  Lot 4 has been designed as a pipestem.  Access to lots 2 and 3 is proposed by way of individual driveways immediately adjacent to the pipestem, all of which are accommodated within a 50-foot by 50-foot ingress/egress easement.  The apron entrance to both the private road and the entrance to lots 2, 3 and 4 will be constructed to Virginia Department of Transportation standards and will include a 50-foot long by 40-foot wide paved area, with the apron length to be measured from the edge of the pavement of Elk Run Road (Route 806).


As proposed, the preliminary plat is in substantial conformance with the Comprehensive Plan and the Subdivision Ordinance.  In addition, the current proposal addresses those concerns stated by VDOT regarding multiple access points to Elk Run Road.  As such, staff recommends that the Planning Commission forward PP02-CR-10 to the Board of Supervisors with a recommendation of approval, subject to the conditions in Attachment 1.


  1. Conditions of Development
  2. Revised Preliminary Plan