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September 16, 2020

65-home Bealeton rezoning public hearing Thursday

Public Hearing
• Topic: Application to rezone the 41.3-acre Pelham Property site to allow 65 single-family homes at Routes 28 and 29 near.

• When: 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 17.

• Where: Warren Green Building, 10 Hotel St., Warrenton.

• Agency: Fauquier County Planning Commission.

• Applicant: Elm Street Development, McLean.

• Landowner: Red Maple Properties LLC, Vienna.

• Documents: Click here for application, county staff report, etc.

• Next: The planning commission serves as an advisory panel to the county board of supervisors, which has final authority. Depending on the commission’s action Thursday, the board could conduct a public hearing on the project Oct. 8.
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Staff Journalist
Fauquier’s planning commission Thursday will conduct a public hearing on a proposal to create a 65-home subdivision southwest of Bealeton.

Elm Street Development of McLean seeks approval to rezone the 41.3-acre Pelham Property site at Routes 28 and 29 from “Rural Agricultural” to allow one to three dwellings per acre.

Under existing zoning, the Pelham Property site has two “by-right” home lots.

The planning commission’s Sept. 17 meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. The five-member panel serves as an advisory panel the county board of supervisors, which has final authority.

> Agenda at bottom of story

The proposed 65 homes would be clustered on 19.2 acres — equating to almost 2.2 homes per acre. Home lots would range from 8,500 square feet to 14,503 square feet; 47 lots would be fewer than 10,000 square feet and 18 would be larger.

The balance of the site — about 22 acres — would be set aside as permanent open space.

The Pelham Property proposal, which would be served with public water and sewer, includes:

• Five “exercise stations.”

• A “tot lot.”

• Trails.

• A four-acre “active recreation area.”

Elm Street Development has pledged to “proffer” or give county government $148,763 to help offset the project’s impacts on public infrastructure, including $100,000 for transportation improvements.

The applicant also has agreed to make various on- and off-site transportation improvements related to the project.

The project would generate an estimated 47 public school students, according to Elm Street Development. The applicant has proffered no public education money, perhaps because it believes county schools can handle the additional youngsters.

But “the projected 24 elementary school students from the development exceeds the existing capacity at Pierce Elementary (in Remington), where these students would likely attend, from today through the 2021-22 school year,” according to the county community development department’s staff report on the project.

The report also states that school system’s 10-year enrollment projections “indicate that enrollment at Grace Miller Elementary School (in Bealeton) should be monitored closely because projected capacity is approaching 95 percent in future years 2023-24 and beyond.”

The analysis adds: “If the school students generated from the proposed development exceed the capacity at any of the schools, the county would need to consider adding additional capacity and/or redistricting the region as needed to accommodate the students.”

The applicant also has proffered $45,154 for public safety and $3,608 for public parks.

The 179-lot Southcoate Village subdivision adjoins the project site to the north. Southcoate Village Drive, off Route 28, provides access to the community. The Pelham Property applicant proposes extending that road through its site to create a connection to Route 29.

The plan shows left-turn access to the project site from southbound Route 29. Northbound Route 29 traffic would be limited to right-turn in and right-turn out access the property.

The proposed road extension would cross a floodplain, requiring a special exception permit. But the permit application can’t be filed until after the county board of supervisors acts on the rezoning.

The special exception permit review process entails a planning commission public hearing and recommendation to the supervisors. The board also must conduct a public hearing on the permit before taking action.

Depending on the planning commission’s action Thursday, the board of supervisors could conduct a public hearing on the Pelham Property project Oct. 8.

Contact Don Del Rosso at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 540-270-0300.

Fauquier Planning Commissio... by Fauquier Now


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Samson63 · September 16, 2020 at 4:48 am
I congratulate the people of Fauqier county that their most demanded issue is going to be resolved as the authority is agreed to provide 65 homes on that land. I am pretty sure that the people must be happy by this decision of the authority. I would like to hire a writer for help in writing essay on this topic after reading edubirdie review on https://domeanessay.com/edubirdie-com-personal-help-for-every-student-demand/ website because it shares the real and honest reviews with us.
RDWJR · September 15, 2020 at 3:37 pm
We, the residents of Bealeton, have already put up with the Mintbrook project, which was supposed to bring in more retail. I know we were all hoping for the possibility of a new grocery store to bolster the tired Food Lion, as well as some other shops. I THOUGHT the county was holding their feet to the fire to produce those pad site retail shops but that hasn't materialized. When will our community get those promises visualized? Hopefully before the county agrees to add more housing to flood the already sparse commercial options.
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