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December 19, 2018

Addiction recovery center public hearing Thursday

The PATH Foundation has a contract to buy Twin Oaks, north of Warrenton, where the Herren Wellness Group would operate a 24-bed addiction treatment center with up to 20 employees.
Public Hearing
• 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: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20.

• Agency: Fauquier County Planning Commission.

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

• Applicant: Warrenton-based Fauquier Health Foundation, doing business as 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 want 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: The planning commission serves as an advisory panel to the county board of supervisors, which has final authority. If the commission acts on the application Thursday, the board could conduct a public hearing and approve the project Jan. 10.
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Fauquier’s planning commission Thursday will conduct a public hearing on a proposed 24-bed addiction recovery center just north of Warrenton.

PATH Foundation seeks special exception permit approval to establish the “private-pay” Herren Wellness Retreat at Twin Oaks for recovering drug addicts and alcoholics on 50 acres along James Madison Highway (Route 17).

The commission will meet 6:30 p.m. at the Warren Green Building in Warrenton.

The proposal also calls for up to 20 employees, including 12 full- and eight part-time or contract workers.

The center would operate in the property’s main house — a 2-1/2-story, 11,700-square-foot stucco structure — and a 760-square-foot stucco home next door. The proposed site also includes an in-ground pool, a tennis court, a barn and various outbuildings.

The Seekonk, Mass.-based Herren Wellness Group already operates a retreat for recovering drug addicts and alcoholics in that state and would apply the same model in Fauquier.

The center 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,” according to the application.

Under the county zoning ordinance, PATH would need to upgrade the property’s septic and drainfield system to accommodate the proposed number of clients and employees.

That would require special exception permit approval by the supervisors.

Until that occurs and the system gets expanded, “effectively, there shall be no more than 18 total people” on the property “at any given time,” according to a county staff-proposed condition for the wellness center.

PATH would have to obtain a third special exception permit if “aboveground water and sewer pumping storage facilities” become necessary to support fire-safety sprinklers to serve the center.

But, a special exception permit would be unnecessary if an underground system works.

PATH “is aware of these additional requirements and has indicated the additional applications will be made in the near future,” according to the county’s community development staff.

The planning commission serves as an advisory panel to the county board of supervisors, which has final authority. If the commission acts on the application Thursday, the board could conduct a public hearing and approve the project Jan. 10.

PATH in the summer began discussions with the Herren Wellness Group about establishing a Fauquier recovery center.

The Warrenton foundation last fall brought founder Chris Herren, a former NBA guard, to Fauquier, Culpeper and Rappahannock to speak to students about his drug addiction and recovery.

PATH has a contract to buy the proposed wellness retreat site from Angela S. and Mark S. Smith, who live there and rent eight of Twin Oaks Historic Manor House’s bedrooms on Airbnb.

For tax purposes, Fauquier County values the property at $1.9 million. The Smiths bought it in May 2017 from Airlie Foundation for $1.1 million.

Contact Don Del Rosso at Don@FauquierNow.com or 540-270-0300. 


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