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
WHEREAS, on October 20 and
RESOLVED by the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors this 17th day of November 2003, That the Board does hereby adopt the Warrenton Service District Text Amendments to the Fauquier County Comprehensive Plan; and, be it
RESOLVED FINALLY, 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.
Summary: 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, and Opportunities.
3. Land Use Plan, which identifies major undeveloped properties within the Service District.
4. 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 in 1981.
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 of
Planning Commission extended the Public Hearing to
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 for
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 Date:
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.
Utilities: In the
last year, the Town of
The new 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
3. Transportation: 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
· 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