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March 19, 2013

74-lot subdivision planned near center of Warrenton

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The 25-acre site lies between Winchester Street (left) and the North Rock development (right).
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Warrenton officials Wednesday night will review plans for a 74-lot subdivision near the center of town.

Jeffery K. Rizer, who lives on a farm just north of Warrenton, owns the six parcels, totaling 25 acres, proposed for development.

Generally, the property lies between Winchester Street to the west and Blackwell Road to the east.

Mr. Rizer’s preliminary plat calls for a new “collector road” between Winchester Street (near North Court) and North Hill Drive in the North Rock development off Blackwell Road.

The property has R-10 zoning, with a minimum lot size of 10,000 square feet.

The plan contemplates lots averaging 13,857 square feet or 0.3 acre.

Traffic and street design will be major considerations in the planning commission’s review of the preliminary plat for what amounts the “by-right” development.

For example, the plat calls for 21 driveways along the collector road and “a number of dead-end streets” — both in conflict with the town comprehensive plan.

The road also would require turn lanes on Winchester Street.

“While lots appear to conform to the Zoning Ordinance, there are a number of problems with the road system and the potential to the adjacent properties and the Town streets that are indicated,” Interim Planning Director Chris Mothershead wrote in his staff report (embedded below). “The traffic study requires revision and the Preliminary Plat requires supplemental information to enable Staff to thoroughly review the proposal. The density of the proposal is slightly in excess of the guidelines contained in the Comprehensive Plan and the proposed connector road is considerably at odds with the adopted network in Town documents.”

The Warrenton Planning Commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, in Town Hall.

Rizer Subdiv Preliminary Plat 2-12 by Fauquier Now

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Tod Nehman · March 19, 2013 at 2:59 pm
One step closer to making Warrenton into Centreville. I remember when Fairfax county was about like Fauquier. Soon we will be like Fairfax - nothing but house after house, car after car parked along the streets in a sea of concrete. swell
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