Daniela Bushara says she and her husband welcome the center but want PATH to put the property on conservation easement to prevent commercial expansion in the area.
The special exception permit will allow up to 24 clients to stay at Twin Oaks, off Route 17 about 2-1/2 miles north of Warrenton. Airlie formerly owned the house, used to host wedding receptions and other events.
They’re here for the long haul. They’re going to make sure this works out.
— Supervisor Chris Granger
• Topic: Special exception permit to establish a 24-bed residential addiction recovery center on 50 acres at 6791 James Madison Highway (Route 17) just north of Warrenton.
• When: 7:12 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10.
• Agency: Fauquier County Board of Supervisors.
• Length: About 40 minutes.
• Speakers: 14, with nine supporting the project and five voicing concerns about a commercial use in a rural area, impacts on drinking water supplies, traffic and lighting.
• Action: Board voted, 5-0, to approve the application.
• Where: Warren Green Building, 10 Hotel St., Warrenton
• Applicant: Warrenton-based PATH Foundation.
• Property owners: Mark S. and Angela S. Smith.
• Zoning: Rural, with a small amount of village fronting James Madison Highway.
• Details: The PATH Foundation and Massachusetts-based Herren Wellness Group plan to establish a residential “spiritual wellness” center on the property to treat up to 24 recovering drug addicts and alcoholics. The “private-pay” retreat model uses meditation, yoga, mindfulness, reiki, exercise and group and individual coaching to provide residents with skills “necessary to return to a drug- and alcohol-free full and productive life.” It would employ 12 full- and eight part-time or contract workers.
• Next: PATH will need special exception permit approval from the board to enlarge the property’s drainfield system to accommodate to 24 residents and staff. That will require a public hearing before the planning commission and the board, which has final authority.
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