RESOLUTION

 

A RESOLUTION EXTENDING THE REVIEW PERIOD FOR DOMINION TRANSMISSION INC.íS PROPOSED COMPRESSOR FACILITY

    

WHEREAS, on November 4, 2003, Fauquier County received official notice of Dominion Transmission, Inc.ís (DTI) intention to acquire a 30.63 acre portion of the 282.5 acre property owned by Lewis J. and Martha M. Bender, which is located in the Southern Fauquier Agricultural and Forestal District; and

 

WHEREAS, the Code of Virginia, Section 15.2-4313, sets forth a specific procedure which must be followed by a public service corporation proposing to acquire more than one acre of land within an Agricultural and Forestal District and this procedure requires that notice be given to the County, and that the Board of Supervisors determine the following: 

 

(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 policies set forth in the State Code;

 

(ii)                The necessity of the proposed action to provide service to the public in the most economical and practicable 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; and

 

WHEREAS, the Code of Virginia, Section 15.2-4313, further provides that the Board of Supervisors has 90 days to determine whether the proposed action might have an unreasonable effect upon either state or local policy, and may issue an order within the 90 days directing the public utility to not proceed with action for an additional period of 60 days so that the County may hold a public hearing and further review the proposal; and

 

WHEREAS, the Code of Virginia, Section 15.2-4313, further provides that this decision be made by the Board of Supervisors in consultation with the Agricultural and Forestal District Advisory Committee and the Planning Commission; and

 

WHEREAS, on November 5, 2003, the Agricultural and Forestal Advisory Board met to review the proposal and recommended that the Board extend the period of review to gather additional information and to accommodate a full review and public hearing for the proposal; and

 

WHEREAS, November 20, 2003, the Planning Commission reviewed the proposal on and recommended that the Board extend the period of review to accommodate a full review and public hearing for the proposal; and

 

WHEREAS, on December 15, 2003, the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors discussed the potential impacts of the proposed facility and determined that additional review was necessary in order to determine whether the proposal might have impacts upon the Countyís agricultural and forestal resources; now, therefore, be it

 

RESOLVED by the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors this 15th day of December 2003, That the County is extending the review period for the Dominion Proposal from 90 days to 150 days, until March 30, 2004, so that the County may hold a public hearing and further review the proposed facility; and, be it

 

RESOLVED FURTHER, That a copy of this resolution be sent to Dominion Transmission, Inc.