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September 18, 2018

Planners will get a preview of data center proposal

This conceptual plan shows how data center buildings might fit on a 50-acre site along the Vint Hill Parkway.
This is a concrete play to the data center market. We’re trying to build the commercial/industrial core.
— Planning consultant Chuck Floyd
Vint Hill Proposal
• What: Proposed zoning amendment to allow an additional 751,265 square feet of nonresidential building space at Vint Hill near New Baltimore.

• Where: 253 acres at Aiken Drive and Kennedy Road; additional square feet requested would apply to about 168 acres of property.

• Property owners: Vint Hill Village LLC and Vint Hill Land 1 LLC.

• Potential uses: Data centers, office buildings and warehouses, according to the application. Vint Hill’s concept development plan allows a maximum 3.1 million square feet of development at the former 695-acre Army base. The requested additional 751,265 square feet represents a 24.2-percent increase in space.

• Next: Review process involves work sessions and public hearings before the county planning commission and board of supervisors, which has final authority on the application.
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Fauquier’s planning commission Thursday will get an overview of a proposal that aims to attract another data center to Vint Hill.

The commission will learn about the project during an 11 a.m. county planning staff presentation in the Warren Green Building at 10 Hotel St. in Warrenton.

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Vint Hill Village LLC seeks approval to allow up to an additional 751,265 square feet of buildings on approximately 168 acres at the former Army base near New Baltimore.

The proposal, which would require zoning, proffer and concept development plan amendments, calls for a 24.2-percent increase in space.

The concept plan and proffers “limit the overall development within Vint Hill to” 3.1 million square feet of nonresidential development, according to the application.

The county’s review process involves work sessions and public hearings before the planning commission and board of supervisors, which has final authority on the application.

An advisory panel to the board, the commission could conduct a public hearing on the proposal at its Oct. 18 meeting.

“It’s the first step in trying to woo data centers to Vint Hill,” said planning consultant Chuck Floyd, who represents Vint Hill Village LLC and Vint Hill Land 1 LLC, which own about 253 acres at the mixed-use development. “This is a concrete play to the data center market. We’re trying to build the commercial/industrial core.”

Planning Commission Chairwoman Adrienne Garreau (Scott District) has not seen the application.

But “data centers and more commercial — there are no houses with this — all sounds good to me,” said Ms. Garreau, whose district includes Vint Hill.

In general, “I’m very much in favor of the direction Vint Hill is going in,” she added. “I’m very pleased with that.”

With an emphasis on data centers, the application contains concepts that show several potential development options. They include:

• Data center buildings (five structures, 834,940 square feet).

• Data center and office buildings (six structures, 807,020 square feet).

• A distribution center (227,500 square feet), a data center (110,000 square feet) and two data or office buildings (383,140 square feet). They would total 720,640 square feet.

The concepts have been included in the application for illustrative purposes only, Mr. Floyd said.

Vint Hill already has a data center. French-based OVH has pledged to invest $47 million at Vint Hill to establish its first data center and server manufacturing plant in this country.

In the last few years, Fauquier has become a popular location for data centers. 

The supervisors in March rezoned property near Remington for a Canadian company that plans a large data center complex.

VADATA Inc., an Amazon subsidiary, received economic development incentives to build a data center at the Warrenton Training Center, a high-security federal installation on View Tree Mountain, just north of town.

The training center soon plans to construct another data center at the 346-acre federal compound.

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