All subdivisions of fifty-one or more lots are required to submit a Preliminary Plat for approval, except for subdivisions occurring on a property rezoned to Mixed Use – Bealeton or Planned Residential Development districts with an approved Code of Development. A Preliminary Plat is not required for any subdivision consisting of fifty or fewer total lots- this does not include open space parcels. Where not required, a Preliminary Plat may be submitted for approval at the option of the landowner. If a Preliminary Plat is not required or optionally submitted, these subdivisions must proceed directly to the Construction Plan application process.

Preliminary Plat Review and Approval Process


PRE-APPLICATION MEETING (OPTIONAL)

Prior to submission of a Preliminary Plat application, the owner or applicant is strongly encouraged to schedule a Pre-Application Meeting.

  • For any application that involves public water or sewer, a Pre-Design meeting is required with the Fauquier County Water and Sanitation Authority (FCWSA). Contact FCWSA at 540-349-2092 or visit the website at www.fcwsa.org.

STEP 1: COUNTY COMPLETENESS REVIEW

A minimum submission requirements review is required prior to the first submission of the Preliminary Plat to the County Community Development office.

Minimum Submission Review Requirements:

STEP 2: REVIEW & APPROVAL OF PRELIMINARY PLAT

A complete application must be submitted to Community Development to begin the County review and approval process for all Preliminary Plats; incomplete submissions will be rejected and returned to the applicant. 

A.   First Submission Minimum Requirements:

      Additional Information that may be required:

  • Any additional requirements specified by the Pre-Application Meeting (if meeting was held). 

  • Preliminary Soil Report, Type 1 Soil Map, or waiver; see Preliminary Plat Soil Report Fact Sheet.

  • Projects Served by Individual Septic: A complete Application for Subdivision Review by the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), including all supporting documentation, must be submitted to Community Development with the first plan submission. Contact the Fauquier office of VDH at 540-347-6363 or visit the office of Environmental Health at 98 Alexandria Pike, Suite 41 and 42, Warrenton VA. See Sanitary Sewer and Water for required plat notes.

  • Projects Served by Public Water and/or Sewer through FCWSA: Concurrent FCWSA and Community Development submissions are required. FCWSA checklist and submission requirements can be found at the www.fcwsa.org website under “Engineering, Construction and Planning”. Proof of submission to FCWSA is required with the first plan submission to Community Development.

B.   Second Submission Requirements:

  • No submission fee is due with the Second Submission.

  • A typed comment response letter addressing each review agency’s comments individually, and detailing the plan revisions made. The number of letter copies submitted should equal the number of review agencies commenting.

  • A revised set of plans with changes highlighted on each copy. The number of plan copies submitted should equal the number of review agencies commenting, plus one.

  • One (1) 11x17 reduction of the revised Preliminary Plat

  • Flash drive containing individual PDF copies of all re-submission materials and documentation.

C.   Third and Subsequent Submissions:

  • $400 Flat Fee due at the time of re-submission.

  • A typed comment response letter addressing each review agency’s comments individually, and detailing the plan revisions made. The number of letter copies submitted should equal the number of review agencies commenting.

  • A revised set of plans with changes highlighted on each copy. The number of plan copies submitted should equal the number of review agencies commenting, plus one.

  • One (1) 11x17 reduction of the revised Preliminary Plat

  • Flash drive containing individual PDF copies of all re-submission materials and documentation.

D.   Planning Commission Public Hearing and Recommendation:

The Planning Commission will hold a public hearing, and recommend either approval or denial of the Preliminary Plat. After recommendation by the Commission, the Preliminary Plat will be forwarded to the Board of Supervisors for final approval or denial. If approved by the Board of Supervisors, the Preliminary Plat may be submitted for approval.

E.    Signature Set Submission:

  • Five (5) copies of the approved version of the Preliminary Plat must be provided to Community Development. One copy will be retained by the County, the remainder will be returned to the applicant along with an approval letter.

  • Flash drive containing the approved version of the Preliminary Plat.

 

Once the Preliminary Plat has all required approvals, the applicant may proceed to the second step of the subdivision process, the Construction Plan.

Plan Revisions and Amendments

An approved Preliminary Plat may be revised to either amend the Approval Conditions associated with the plan, or to make minor or major changes to the plan itself. An Amendment to an approved Preliminary Plat must be submitted to Community Development for approval by the Board of Supervisors following recommendation by the Planning Commission. For more information, see Preliminary Plat Amendments 

Preliminary Plat Expiration

Please note that the approved Preliminary Plat is valid for a period of five years from the Board of Supervisors approval date, as long as within three years a Final Plat of subdivision has been submitted to Community Development. If no Final Plat has been submitted within three years of the Preliminary Plat approval date, the Preliminary Plat is considered to be null and void unless an extension is approved by the Planning Commission. The applicant must submit a written extension request and justification for Planning Commission review and decision. For more information, refer to Section 9-11 of the Subdivision Ordinance.

 

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