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December 4, 2012

Planners will consider winery events, cell towers

Photo/Vintage Ridge Vineyard
Vintage Ridge Vineyard, Fox Meadow Winery and Barrel Oak Winery have applied to conduct "special events" under the new county ordinance, which the board of supervisor adopted in July.
Illustration/Cingular Wireless
The 155-foot telecommunications tower at Hume would look like an evergreen tree.
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Winery special events and telecommunications towers will dominate the Fauquier County Planning Commission meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 5.

Three wineries have applied for special exception permits to host events under the new ordinance, which Fauquier’s board of supervisors adopted in July.

The planning commission in October postponed a recommendation on the application from Barrel Oak Winery near Delaplane. By law, the commission must take a vote this week.

The panel also will consider applications from Fox Meadow Winery near Linden and Vintage Ridge Vineyard near Delaplane.

Additionally, the commission will consider an application for a 155-foot telecommunications tower — disguised as a tree — at Hume.

For years, towers generated lots of controversy and opposition in Fauquier, particularly in remote areas.

But, as technology has improved and as citizens have become dependent upon wireless broadband connections, public sentiment has changed.

After a community meeting last summer in Hume, dozens of local residents signed a petition in support the proposal from Cingular Wireless to build the tower on Melvin Poe’s property.

The planning commission also will consider Verizon’s application to build an 80-foot tower, disguised as a silo on Betty Ann Trible’s property near Delaplane, and five applications from Sprint to install microwave dishes on five existing towers throughout the county.

The commission conduct 16 public hearings during its meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the Warrenton Middle School auditorium.

The panel will conduct work sessions, starting at 10 a.m. in the second floor conference room of the Warren Green Building at 10 Hotel St. in Warrenton.
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