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August 23, 2018

Town planners recommend gas storage permit approval

Blossman gas proposes installation of storage facility off James Madison Highway, behind Cecil’s Tractors.
Blossman Gas Application
• What: Special use permit to store and distribute up to 60,000 gallons of propane on 1.3 acre. 

• Where: 763 James Madison Highway, Warrenton, behind Cecil’s Tractor.

• Property owners: Rebecca and Cecil Campbell under Big Time LLC. 

• This week: Warrenton planning commission voted, 3-1, to recommend permit approval.

• Next: After a September work session, town council will probably hold a public hearing in October.

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A propane gas company this week moved a step closer to storing up to 60,000 gallons of the fuel in an industrial area near Warrenton’s southern gateway. 

The Warrenton Planning Commission voted, 3-1, Tuesday night to recommend town council approval of a special use permit for Blossman Gas to lease 1.3 acre for a propane storage and distribution center at 763 James Madison Highway.

The industrially-zoned property, owned by Rebecca and Cecil Campbell, stands behind Cecil’s Tractors.

“I support you and your business, but I do not support this application,” said planning commission Ali Zarabi who voted against the permit.

“Under the SUP and as a designated service district, there is a tremendous amount of burden that we as a town have to assume in rendering the best possible uses . . . for the benefit of the community,” Mr. Zarabi said. “I don’t see it as a need for the residents of Warrenton.”

Commission Chairman Susan Rae Helander along with members Anna Maas and Mark Moore voted for approval.

The planning commission’s newest members — James Lawrence and Gerald Johnston — appointed earlier this month, abstained from voting, and Ryan Stewart missed Tuesday’s meeting.

The commission conducted a July 17 public hearing on the application but postponed its vote because of concerns about site access and a fire hydrant.

> Documents at bottom of story

Town staff worked to address the concerns before the August meeting.

The planning commission recommendation includes 17 conditions for the permit, including:

• Proof that a fire hydrant along James Madison Highway — or a new one that Blossman would install closer to its tanks — can provide at least 750 gallons of water per minute.

• Annual training that Blossman would provide for first-responders.

• Video security monitoring.

• No onsite sales without additional permits.

• Planning commission review after one year of operation.

The propane has an office and retail operation at 259 Broadview Ave. 

If the town approves the permit, Blossman would install two, 30,000-gallon, above-ground storage tanks on the new site. 

The company expects delivery there of approximately 9,000 gallons of propane a day by tractor-trailer. Four smaller tankers would deliver propane to customers in the area.  

The town council will discuss the project at a work session in September and conduct a public hearing on the application, probably in October. The council will decide whether to grant the permit.

Based in Mississippi, Blossman Gas has locations in 12 Southeastern and Mid-Atlantic states. 

Blossman Gas Conditions from Planning Commission by Fauquier Now on Scribd

Planning Commission agenda 8_21_18 by Fauquier Now on Scribd

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