Board of Supervisors Meeting Date:


Fauquier County Board of Supervisors, Owner

Fauquier County Parks & Recreation Department, Applicant


November 10, 2004


Staff Lead:


Melissa Dargis, Assistant Chief of Planning



Community Development


Magisterial District:


Center District







A Resolution to Approve Special Exception SPEX04-CT-024, A Category 23 Special Exception to Allow for Fill in a Floodplain


Topic Description: 


The original purpose of this Category 23 Special Exception was to obtain floodplain crossing approval for the entrance to the Central Area Park facility on Meetze Road.  The entrance would be located in a floodplain backwater area.  The proposed park has limited frontage on Meetze Road.  Entering anywhere along that frontage crosses the 100-year floodplain backwater upper limits.  Meetze Road is better equipped to handle improvements and traffic than Old Auburn Road, the propertyís other access alternative.  This request also included fill in the floodplain associated with the construction of the southeastern soccer field.


However, the applicant has requested postponement of the floodplain crossing portion of the Special Exception to allow time for a floodplain study (LOMR) to be done.  The fill in the floodplain associated with the southeastern soccer field portion of the Special Exception shall be treated separately via this request and is ready for consideration by Board.


Project History:


In August, the Planning Commission conducted a site visit to see the proposed floodplain crossing location at the entrance of Meetze Road and observe the location of the southeastern soccer field. 


On July 29, 2004, the Planning Commission held a public hearing on this item.  At the public hearing, staff noted that the applicant was researching removing the floodplain along Meetze Road.  Staff met with the applicant and the applicantís representative (Parks and Recreation Department and its design firm) prior to the July meeting to discuss obtaining a Letter of Map Revision (LOMR) from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for the 100-year floodplain along Meetze Road.  County engineers noted that the watershed associated with that floodplain area was less than 40 acres in size, and it was likely that FEMA would remove this area, via a LOMR, from the 100-year floodplain maps since it is a minor drainage area (i.e., less than 100 acre watershed).


As a result of that recommended course of action, the applicant agreed to pursue the LOMR process.  The Parks and Recreation Department has requested postponement of its floodplain crossing request in order to obtain the requisite FEMA LOMR.  However, the Department also requests the Board of Supervisors approve the fill in the floodplain request associated with the construction of the southeastern soccer field.


Requested Action of the Board of Supervisors:


Conduct a public hearing and consider adoption of the attached resolution.


Planning Commission Recommendation:


On October 28, 2004, the Planning Commission recommended approval of this item, subject to a series of development conditions.  Planning Commission staff reports are available upon request.


Financial Impact Analysis:




Land Area, Location and Zoning:    


The property is located on the south side of Old Auburn Road (Route 670) and also has some frontage along Meetze Road.  A map of the property is shown below with the 100-year floodplain displayed in blue.


Neighboring Zoning/Land Use:


The property is currently zoned RA (Rural Agricultural) and is surrounded by RA land on all sides except where it interfaces with Meetze Road.  The adjacent property on the Meetze Road frontage is zoned Industrial Park (I-1).  Consistent with the RA zoning category, the property is located in a district that contains areas where agriculture and forestry are the predominant uses.


Summary and Recommendations:


Staff recommends that the Board of Supervisors consider this item for a resolution of approval.  This action would divide the Special Exception into two components: 1) fill in the floodplain (southeastern soccer field); and a 2) floodplain crossing (park entrance).  The fill in the floodplain associated with the construction of the southeastern soccer field is ready for approval.  As noted above, action on the floodplain crossing is recommended to be postponed, at the request of the applicant, for adequate time to allow for preparation of a floodplain study to obtain a FEMA LOMR for the proposed park entrance off Meetze Road.  Refinements to the culvert size, if needed, will be determined by further floodplain study during the LOMR process.  Staff recommends approval with Special Exception conditions for the fill in the floodplain at the soccer field


This project will provide great benefit to County residents.  The County Parks & Recreation Departmentís project timeline and goal is to have some of the fields ready for play by Spring 2005.  When complete the Park would include three baseball, three football, three soccer and two softball fields along with a variety of areas for other passive recreational uses.  The central location of the park would reduce travel time for teams and permit teams to both practice and play close to home.


Identify any other Departments, Organizations or Individuals that would be affected by this request:

  1. Fauquier County Department of Community Development
  2. Fauquier County Parks & Recreation Department





Special Exception Plat