AGENDA REQUEST

Sponsor:

 Board of Supervisors Meeting Date:

 

Raymond E. Graham, Chairman, Cedar Run District Supervisor

 

December 8, 2005

Staff Lead:

 

Kimberley Johnson, Zoning Administrator

Department:

 

Community Development

 

 

Topic:

 

A Resolution Approving Virginia Department of Transportation Acquisition of a 1.78 Acre Site Located in the Southern Fauquier Agricultural and Forestal District

 

Topic Description:

 

On September 27, 2005, the County received official notice of the Virginia Department of Transportationís (VDOT) intention to acquire through purchase a 1.78 acre portion of the 46.69 acre property owned by Julia P. Burton, which is located in the Southern Fauquier Agricultural and Forestal District.  The VDOT project proposes to reconstruct two sharp curves on Route 806, and the acquisition is necessary to address one of the curves.  The primary purpose of this project is to improve safety to the traveling public.  A copy of VDOTís proposal is attached.

 

Property

 

The 46.69 acre Burton property is one of 282 properties which together comprise the 18,993 acre Southern Fauquier Agricultural and Forestal District.  The District is scheduled to expire on June 30, 2014 and this property has been in the district since 1982.

 

Procedure

 

The Code of Virginia, Section 15.2-4313, sets forth a specific procedure which must be followed when an agency of the Commonwealth proposes to acquire more than one acre of land within an agricultural and forestal district.  The procedure requires that notice be given to the County and adjoining landowners of the acquisition, and that the Board of Supervisors determine, in consultation with the Planning Commission and Agricultural and Forestal Advisory Committee: 

 

i)     the effect the action would have upon the preservation and enhancement of agriculture and forestry and agricultural and forestal resources within the district and the policy of this chapter;

 

ii)     the necessity of the proposed action to provide service to the public in the most economical and practical manner; and

 

iii)    whether reasonable alternatives to the proposed action are available that would minimize or avoid any adverse impacts on agricultural and forestal resources within the district 

 

If the Board determines that the acquisition might have an unreasonably adverse effect upon either state or local policy it may issue an order within 90 days (by December 26, 2005) directing VDOT to not take action for a period of 150 days in order to have the opportunity to hold a public hearing concerning the proposed action. 

 

Planning Commission and Agricultural and Forestal Advisory Board Review

 

A letter requesting comments and/or recommendations was mailed to each member on October 19, 2005.  As of this date, no responses have been received.

 

Requested Action of the Board of Supervisors:

Consider adoption of the attached resolution.

Financial Impact Analysis:

No financial impact analysis has been conducted.

 

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

None

 

Attachments:

 

Virginia Department of Transportation's Notice of Intent to Acquire Land in the Southern Fauquier Agricultural and Forestal District