The Citizen Committee based Draft
Comprehensive Plan Amendment of the Warrenton Service District was
provided to the Planning Commission in last month’s agenda packet. Copies
of the Plan are also available to the public for review in the Department
of Community Development. The document, which follows the format of recent
Service District Plans, is organized in the following sections:
1. Existing Characteristics – planning history and
growth patterns, transportation, community facilities, public utilities,
and natural resources.
2. Vision Statement, Strengths,
3. Land Use Plan, which identifies major undeveloped
properties within the Service District.
Special Recommendations: Guidelines for Community
Business / Office Zoning Districts, Reservoir and Watershed Protection and
a Highway Corridor Overlay Districts.
In broad terms, the Plan
calls for the creation of a definite urban/rural edge to the Service
District. That edge can be
created over the long-term by means of linking open space, parks and a
linear park around Warrenton. A
distinct detail of the draft Warrenton Plan consists in a characterization
of new development surrounding Warrenton in terms of landscaping, open
space and recreational uses. The
prefix “Gateway” indicates that future development should take
particular care to present a well-landscaped appearance, with setbacks
from major roads in the Service District.
The prefix “Greenway” indicates that a recreational path
network crosses or closely links these properties and open space areas.
The prefix “Rural” indicates that the property would remain
subject to the rural sliding scale lot potential instituted by the County
Planning Commission Workshop Summaries
The Planning Commission
held a workshop on the draft Plan in April, discussed and ascertained the
appropriateness of the proposed paths in the draft Plan with Larry Miller,
Director of the County’s Parks and Recreation Department.
In May, the Planning
Commission invited Citizen Committee members to attend a second workshop
to highlight key recommendations, their rationale, and receive a better
working understanding of the multiple variables and reasons for the
direction and decisions contained in the draft Plan.
Nine of the Citizen Committee members attended, as well as the Town
The Planning Commission extended the Public Hearing
On September 23, 2003 and
25, 2003, the Planning Commission discussed, debated and agreed to
proposed revisions. The final review and recommendation vote was scheduled
Warrenton Service District Plan Modifications (Revision Date:
The revised Plan contains
a variety of grammar corrections and minor alterations.
These styled changes are generally not highlighted. The Planning
Commission’s recommended refinements contained in Draft Plan (Revision
1. No Net Gain: The Planning Commission determined to
reinforce a Plan intent that while development in the Service District
should be clustered to allow for gateway and recreational open space, such
future development should take place with “no net gain” in overall
density (for examples; refer to pp. 2 and 10).The principle cited was the
one used in the St. Leonard’s Farm rezoning application.
In the last year, the Town of
draft captures new information regarding package sewer systems under WSA
ownership, operation and maintenance. It provides priority and more
specific language regarding Frytown and water remediation, due to the
results of the Warrenton Chase extension of public water service to that
general location. In response to Planning Commissioner Bob Sinclair’s
concern about use of public water supplies, the revised Plan establishes
that irrigation of the new County Sports Complex on Meetze Road be
accomplished with local well water, rather than by “inter-basin well
water transfer” from New Baltimore
The Planning Commission agreed with the Town of Warrenton request
that the entire Service District and Town be considered as a
transportation totality and the need to work together for the requisite
state funding for local road improvements.
As a result, the revised Plan calls for a joint Town, County and
VDOT study of transportation growth and issues. That approach lays the
foundation for more community coordination in both project and funding
requests regarding the VDOT 6-Year Transportation Improvement Program. The
revised Plan would also preserve a potential linkage between Route 211 and
Route 17 in the north-west quadrant of the Service District (refer to
pages 4, 11, 20 and Figure 10-WA-1).
4. Land Uses: Per
citizen comments, the October 6, 2003 Warrenton Service District Plan
Revision alters a number of proposed land uses contained in the
Service District Boundaries: The original plan inadvertently
left out land already subdivided, fully developed or being completed, and
having either Town of Warrenton water or sewer or WSA water service
(examples were Gold Cup, Cedar Knolls, Ashley Meadows, and Terranova.
Those areas are returned and within the Service District boundary.
Frytown became the eastern edge; the regional park and the Fauquier
County Fair Grounds were not included.
Also not included was that portion of the Alwington Farm, which is
zoned Rural Agriculture.
Figure 6-WA-1: The
proposed Community Business District on Route 29 (fronting: Chestnut Forks
and going south to the Park & Ride facility) in the original plan was
changed to Community Office, while Community Office proposed for the
parcel, located behind the Comfort Inn and on Comfort Inn Drive, was
changed to Commercial Recreation. Note
that the Commercial Recreation was not defined by the Planning Commission,
and, from the staff perspective may remove the private sector incentive
for construction of the service drive running behind Outback Steakhouse,
IHOP, the Comfort Inn and other adjoining undeveloped properties and
terminating at Comfort Inn Drive, and described on page 10 and identified
in Figure 10-WA-1. That service drive at this location is an important
long-term solution for the distribution of commercial traffic to traffic
signalized locations along
Figure 6-WA-2: An
Office Industrial land use, adjacent to the County’s regional park on
ADOPTING THE WARRENTON SERVICE DISTRICT TEXT AMENDMENT TO THE
WHEREAS, on February 26, 2001, the Citizen Committee began its process to update the 1994 Warrenton Service District elements of the Comprehensive Plan; and
WHEREAS, the Citizen Committee worked for over two years to review, refine and share new insights and proposals for this Service District and transmitted the proposed plan to the Planning Commission on February 27, 2003; and
WHEREAS, the Fauquier County Planning Commission reviewed the Plan in work session throughout the summer and early fall, and held public hearings in June and July of 2003; and
WHEREAS, on October 6, 2003, the Planning Commission forwarded the Warrenton Service District Plan to the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors with a recommendation that it be adopted as revised; and
RESOLVED by the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors this 20th
day of October 2003, That the Board does hereby adopt the Warrenton Service District Text Amendments to the
Fauquier County Comprehensive Plan dated
RESOLVED FURTHER, That the Board of Supervisors thanks and commends the Warrenton Service District Citizens’ Committee, the Planning Commission, and all those who contributed to the creation of these plan elements, for the time, effort and care expended in this process.