Board of Supervisors Meeting Date:

Raymond E. Graham, Chairman, Cedar Run District Supervisor


December 14, 2006

Staff Lead:
Kimberly Abe, Senior Planner

ommunity Development


Magisterial District:
Cedar Run



A Resolution to Approve CPAM07-CR-002: Revisions to the Bristersburg Land Use Plan, Cedar Run District


Topic Description:  

The property owner, Thomas H. Thorpe, has requested the land use designation for his identified property be changed in Chapter 7-Land Use Plan-Villages & Settlements of the Comprehensive Plan.  Approval of the request would result in the subject property designation being changed from “Village” to “Rural Agriculture.”  

Background and Analysis:  

On September 14, 2006, the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors initiated a Comprehensive Plan Amendment that was requested by Mr. Thorpe. The proposed amendment requests the removal of the “Village” designation within the Comprehensive Plan for the Thorpe property identified as PIN 7839-44-7577-000. This requested Comprehensive Plan land use designation change to Rural Agriculture (RA) would allow the property owner to place his land in a conservation easement.

Figure 1 on the following page identifies the location of the subject parcel and its existing zoning within and around the Village of Bristersburg. The yellow area is zoned Village (V) and all the other areas are zoned Rural Agriculture.  

Figure 2 illustrates how the current Bristersburg Village Land Use Plan Map will be amended per this proposed plan amendment. The 1977 Comprehensive Plan boundaries for Bristersburg Village currently include the area zoned as well as some outlying acreage contiguous to the areas zoned.

This Comprehensive Plan Amendment would increase the supply of land designated for Rural Agriculture use in the county and achieve a “hard edge” of rural land around a portion of Bristersburg Village. The amendment would also help to preserve the historic setting of this crossroad village, which was formed in the early 19th century along a stagecoach road from Fredericksburg to Winchester.   

Figure 1

Figure 2


Neighboring Land Use/ Zoning:
The subject parcel is bounded to the north by land zoned Village (V) and Rural Agriculture (RA).  The areas to the west, east, and south, are zoned RA.   

Action Requested of the Board of Supervisors:
Conduct a public hearing and consider adoption of the attached resolution.

Planning Commission Recommendation :
On October 26, 2006, the Planning Commission unanimously recommended approval of the Comprehensive Plan Amendment to change the Village Designation to Rural Agriculture on the Thorpe property.  

Summary and Recommendation:
Staff recommends that the Board of Supervisors consider the Planning Commission’s recommendation of approval for this item.


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



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