Board of Supervisors Meeting Date:

Flint Hill Farm, LLC


November 9, 2006

Staff Lead:


Holly Meade, Senior Planner

Community Development


Magisterial District: 







A Resolution to Approve SPEX07-MA-001:  A Category 29 Special Exception to Waive the Public Street Requirement in the Rural Agriculture (RA) Zone to Allow Chattins Run Lane to be Designed and Constructed as a Type III Private Street 

Topic Description:

The applicant is requesting approval of a Category 29 Special Exception to waive the public street requirement in the Rural Agriculture (RA) zone to allow Chattins Run Lane to be designed and constructed as a Type III private street. 

Project Information: 

On July 13, 2006, the applicant received Preliminary Plat approval to divide one parcel of approximately ±98.3 acres into six (6) single-family residential lots ranging in size from ±1.8 to ±2.7 acres, including a non-common open space lot of 83.85 acres.  This development represents a by-right cluster subdivision in the Rural Agriculture zoning district.  The proposed cluster is internal to the subject property with a cul-de-sac (Chattins Run Lane) of approximately 1,490 feet, exclusive of the turnaround.  The development is situated in this manner to avoid multiple entrances and impacts on the property’s frontage along Maidstone Road. 

Section 7-301 of the Zoning Ordinance provides that Private Streets are prohibited for all subdivisions in RA, RC and residential zones unless a Special Exception is obtained in accordance with the requirements of Section 5-2800 or 5-2900.  Section 5-2900 further provides that, in residential, RA and RC zones, the Board of Supervisors may grant a Special Exception to permit the construction of private streets within a subdivision where the following standards are met:

  1. The requirements of the Virginia Department of Transportation necessary for the dedication of public streets will not permit the development of the proposed subdivision in a manner which is in harmony with the surrounding character of the neighborhood or the proposed development scheme.
  1. The proposed private streets, based upon anticipated traffic generation volume, would adequately serve the lots to be developed and provide sufficient emergency vehicle access to the subdivision, and demonstration that adequate provisions will be made to provide for continuing maintenance and repair of the streets by a homeowners association. For any subdivision with 80 lots or more, a traffic impact analysis must be provided to establish the justification for the request.

Fauquier County Zoning Ordinance Section 7-303 defines that there are no design standards for Type III private streets.  Subsequently, Section 7-304 stipulates that there are no construction standards for Type III private streets.  In the applicant’s Statement of Justification, they state it is their intent to design and construct a Type III private street that is in harmony with the character of the surrounding community and northern Fauquier County as a whole. 


Planning Commission Action: 

On October 26, 2006, the Planning Commission unanimously recommended approval of the Category 29 Special Exception to waive the public street requirement in the Rural Agriculture (RA) zone to allow Chattins Run Lane to be designed and constructed as a Type III private street. 



The property is located south of Maidstone Road (Route 713) outside of Rectortown, Marshall Magisterial District.













Requested Action of the Board of Supervisors:

Consider adoption of the attached resolution.

Financial Impact Analysis:


Other Departments, Organizations or Individuals affected by this request:




Special Exception Plat


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