Board of Supervisors Meeting Date:
Elizabeth A. Cook
A Resolution to Abandon a
Old State Route
November 18, 2002
, the Board of Supervisors adopted a
resolution directing the
to institute the road abandonment process
for portions of Old State Route 671 near
, and a revised resolution was adopted on
May 19, 2003
, with a revision to the citation
reference. Beatrice Beckner
and Robert O. Beckner, whose property is located along and within this
section of Route 671, have requested that the County abandon this section
of road from the state system. As
asserted by the property owners, Route 671 was not historically located on
their property, but immediately west of their property line.
According to Mr. Beckner, their improved driveway has been used
over the years and an additional portion of their property cleared as
access to properties located in
improvements and use of this section of roadway were not with the consent
of the Beckners.
adopted a resolution to discontinue
maintenance of Route 671 from the
line to the
The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) officially
discontinued maintenance of that section in 1944.
September 3, 2002
voted to abandon a section of Route 671
northeast of Beatrice Beckner's property.
At one time, it appeared that the road connected Route 50 to Route
the only section of Route 671 north of Route 50 maintained by VDOT is from
Route 50 to the Paris Water Storage Tank (approximately 0.12 miles); while
the only portion not maintained within the state system is the section
along and within Mrs. Beckner's property (approximately 0.15 miles).
The Beckners indicate that they gated the road in the past for
several years; so access has not always been available to the public or
adjacent property owners via this route.
who use this portion of Route 671 to
access their property have indicated that they are against the proposed
abandonment. One of those
property owners, Timothy Shearer, may be "landlocked" if the
abandonment is approved. Mrs.
Beckner's representative has indicated that they would consider granting
an access easement to Mr. Shearer to prevent his parcel from being
landlocked. In addition, they
an access easement to a pumphouse and
spring situated in
to help alleviate water shortages in the
VDOT Warrenton Residency is still researching the status of Route 671 in
VDOT has indicted that it is hesitant to abandon sections of roads when
opposition is expressed to the proposed closure.
August 18, 2003
, the Board of Supervisors held a public
hearing. There were several
speakers who spoke in favor and in opposition to the proposed abandonment.
Mr. Shearer spoke and indicated that he would be landlocked if
Route 671 was abandoned.
Board instructed the
to work with the Beckners and Mr. Shearer
to develop an easement to grant Mr. Shearer access through the Beckner
property. To date, the
is still working with both parties on the
Requested Action of the
Board of Supervisors:
adoption of the attached resolution.
any other Departments, Organizations or Individuals affected by this
Landowners adjacent to
this section of Route 671