Meeting Date:

Sharon Grove McCamy, Vice-Chair                Lee District Supervisor


November 18, 2002

Staff Lead:



Frederick P.D. Carr, Director


Community Development


Bealeton, Opal and Remington Service District Amendments to the Comprehensive Plan


Topic Description:

The proposed Bealeton, Opal, and Remington Service District Amendments to the Comprehensive Plan Update Chapter Six – Service Districts; Chapter Nine – Utility; and Chapter Ten – Transportation



On October 21, 2002 , the Board of Supervisors held a Public Hearing on these proposed Amendments to the Fauquier County Comprehensive Plan.  While holding the public hearing open until November 18, 2002 , the Board directed staff to continue work with Supervisor McCamy to refine the Plan in the light of the public comments and other community input.

Substantive refinements took place in three areas of the text.  The first concerns phasing of newly rezoned residential development and is contained in Section C,  Phasing of Residential Development (refer to page 9).  The second refinement adds certain tracts of land within the Opal Service District, to restore the original Citizen Committee Plan proposals.  This second refinement also adds an industrially zoned tract and various residentially developed properties on Fayetteville Road as well as a portion of one tract on the west side of Route 15/29 (refer to page 23).  A third refinement includes a 20 acre  ‘arc’ of land north of Liberty High School for office –institutional uses (refer to page 15).

The revised text also contains changes with no policy implications that are designed to correct typographical errors, or to correct misapprehensions occasioned by the original text.  The key change is the inclusion of a new Section 9, UTILITY ELEMENT (refer to pages 40-42), which summarizes utility studies contained elsewhere in the Comprehensive Plan, and thus provides an overview of the public water and sewer situation in Southern Fauquier County.  The Utility Element should allay concerns about growth outstripping sewer and water utilities.



Requested Action of the Board of Supervisors:

Conclude the public hearing and consider adoption of the Bealeton – Opal – Remington Plan amendments with the revisions as presented in the attached documents and as presented in the attached resolution.


Financial Impact Analysis:

No financial analysis has been performed, however the Proposed Plan Amendments significantly reduce the number of potential dwellings in the Service District.

Other Departments, Organizations or Individuals affected by this request:

These Service District Plans will affect nearly all County Departments and Agencies.  Additionally these plans should significantly alter future planning by the Virginia Department of Transportation.




Major Text Refinements

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Due to its formatting and graphics, the revised Draft Plan, dated November 14, 2002 , could not be made part of this electronic agenda package.  Copies of the document are available for public inspection in the Department of Community Development and at the Warrenton Library.





            WHEREAS, Fauquier County has periodically reviewed and updated the County Comprehensive Plan; and

            WHEREAS, in April 2002, the County Board of Supervisors established a Citizen Committee to update the 1994 Bealeton – Opal – Remington elements of the Comprehensive Plan; and

            WHEREAS, the Citizen Committee worked for two years to review, refine and share new insights and proposals for these three Service Districts in a variety of town hall meetings, and completed revised Plans in May 7, 2002; and

            WHEREAS, the Fauquier County Planning Commission reviewed the Plans throughout the summer, and held public hearings in July, August and September of 2002; and

            WHEREAS, on September 26, 2002, the Planning Commission moved to transmit revised Plans to the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors with a favorable recommendation to adopt; and

            WHEREAS, on October 21, 2002 , the Board of Supervisors held a public hearing; and

            WHEREAS, the Board of Supervisors further refined the texts; now, therefore, be it

            RESOLVED by the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors this 18th day of November 2002, That the Board adopt the Amended Bealeton – Opal – Remington Service District Plans as revised and dated November 14, 2002; and, be it

            RESOLVED FURTHER, That the Board of Supervisors thanks and commends the Bealeton – Opal – Remington 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.



The following pages from the Bealeton – Opal – Remington Service District Plans contain the alterations of text noted in the report above.  New wording with policy implications is underlined.