August 12, 2019
County planners scrutinize Delaplane resort proposal
Winery co-owner Brian Roeder seeks county approval to develop a 42-room inn and 50-seat restaurant on adjacent property.
I wouldn’t be doing this if I didn’t think I wasn’t going to get a fair hearing. That’s all I want from the planning commission and the board of supervisors.
— Applicant Brian Roeder
The Lodge at Barrel Oak
• What: Proposed 32,000-square-foot structure to include 42 rooms for overnight guests and a 50-seat restaurant on 50 acres at 3623 Grove Lane just southeast of Delaplane; 78 events per year for a maximum 130 people per event.
• Zoning: Rural
• Applicant: Brian Roeder, doing business as Barrel Oak Vineyards LLC.
• Landowners: Brian C. Roeder and Sharon L. Roeder
• Potential investment: $7 million to $9 million
• Details: Mr. Roeder seeks approval for four special exception permits from the county board of supervisors to operate the lodge, restaurant and conduct 78 events per year for up to 160 people per weekend and up to 80 per “non-holiday” weekday event. With double-occupancy, the proposed rooms could accommodate 84 overnight guests. The 50-seat restaurant would serve only overnight guests. Events would include weddings, wedding receptions, family reunions and the like.
• Projected employment: 15 full- and 25-part time jobs.
• Next: Fauquier’s planning commission will conduct a site visit Wednesday, leaving at 9 a.m. from the county parking lot at Lee and John Marshall streets in Warrenton. It will conduct a work session on the proposal at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in the Warren Green Building at 10 Hotel St. in Warrenton. The commission could conduct an October public hearing on the proposal, according to Mr. Roeder. The commission serves as an advisory panel to the county board of supervisors, which has final authority.
Fauquier’s planning commission this week will get a double dose of a proposed high-end resort near Delaplane.
Brian Roeder seeks approval of four special exception permits from the county board of supervisors related to the 50-acre project next to Barrel Oak Winery and Farm Tap House along Grove Lane. Mr. Roeder co-owns the winery and brewery.
The proposed Lodge at Barrel Oak calls for a 42-room inn with a 50-seat restaurant. With double-occupancy, the lodge would house a maximum 80 guests. Mr. Roeder, who owns the winery, also wants approval to host up to 78 events a year, with a maximum of 160 people per weekend event and 80 per “non-holiday” weekday event.
Events would include weddings, wedding receptions, family reunions and the like.
The commission on Wednesday will conduct a site visit of the property. It will meet at 9 a.m. in the county parking lot at Lee and John Marshall streets and then leave for Delaplane.
On Thursday, it will conduct at 9:15 a.m. work session on the proposal at the Warren Green Building in Warrenton.
The commission could conduct an October public hearing on the proposal, Mr. Roeder said. The planners serve as an advisory panel to the county board of supervisors, which has final authority on the application.
Under The Lodge at Barrel Oak concept, Mr. Roeder’s 8,300-square-foot home would be converted and expanded to a 32,000-square-foot lodge. The 50-seat restaurant there would serve only overnight guests.
Mr. Roeder also proposes to construct a drainfield and an aboveground 6,000-gallon water tank to meet lodge uses. A “minimum” three aboveground water tanks with a combined holding capacity of 180,000 gallons would be installed to serve the structure’s fire suppression system, he said. Well water would supply the tanks. Screened from view, all tanks would be located in woodland on the eastern portion of the parcel.
So far, county officials have received 14 letters — with 12 in opposition and two in support of the project. Citizens for Fauquier County, a nonprofit group that focuses on land-use and conservation issues, has submitted two detailed analyses of the project.
Among other things, opponents consider the proposed uses inappropriate for a rural area. They fear approval of Mr. Roeder’s project also would open up other agricultural areas to such uses.
Other concerns include the proposal’s potential effects on scenic views and the environment, noise and increased vehicle traffic.
Two people who wrote in support of the project believe it will meet the area’s need for lodging and proposed related uses. They also think it will generate business for Marshall merchants and generate tax revenue.
“There are always objections,” Mr. Roeder, 56, said of critics. “On the other hand, it’s not clear to me — having read all those letters — that most of them have read” his application statement that explains the proposal.
Despite mounting and organized opposition to the proposal, he remains hopeful.
“I would not be spending these dollars if I thought there was no way that it would happen,” Mr. Roeder said. “I wouldn’t be doing this if I didn’t think I wasn’t going to get a fair hearing. That’s all I want from the planning commission and the board of supervisors.”
He put the project’s development cost at $7 million to $9 million.
Contact Don Del Rosso at Don@FauquierNow.com or 540-270-0300.
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Truepat · August 15, 2019 at 9:31 am
I grew up in Marshall and although we all love the country atmosphere, there is room for some change. Where were the supervisors who allowed the cluster home nightmare on the Townsend property you see as you come into Marshall on Rt 17? That is disgusting. Why not allow a business that can bring in taxes through tourism instead of more homes that end up costing homeowners in rising Fauquier RE taxes to pay for all the incidentals that are overlooked every time.
Ladybugxing · August 12, 2019 at 4:39 pm
I believe the scope of the project is simply too large. Something smaller would be appropriate and more feasible for the area.
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