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August 15, 2019

Delaplane lodge proposal public hearing Oct. 17

File Photo/Don Del Rosso
Winery co-owner Brian Roeder proposes expansion of his home near Delaplane into a 42-room inn with a 50-seat restaurant.
Ultimately, it will be a philosophical choice. Do we want to block all opportunities — some would call development — under any circumstances?
— 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 160 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 special exception permit approval 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 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: Oct. 17 public hearing before county planning commission.
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Fauquier’s planning commission next month will conduct a public hearing on a proposed 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 commission’s Oct. 17 hearing on The Lodge at Barrel Oak proposal will take place at 6:30 p.m. in Warrenton. The commission serves as an advisory panel to the board of supervisors, which has final authority.

The project calls for a 42-room inn with a 50-seat restaurant. With double-occupancy, the lodge would house a maximum 80 guests. Mr. Roeder 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.

During a brief work session Thursday morning, planning commission members raised questions about current Grove Lane traffic volumes and the adequacy of the driveway entrance and a proposed 125-space gravel and grass parking area.

> Documents at bottom of story

Commissioner Bob Lee (Marshall District) wants to know about the county’s previous handling of resort projects through the special exception permit process.

“I think it’s important to put in perspective,”Mr. Lee said.

Among other things, the county planning staff will continue to review whether the project should be considered a resort or another use under the zoning ordinance and whether it conforms to the county’s rural land plan.

The staff also will review the proposed septic and drainfield system and the onsite well’s ability to meet the project’s water needs.

“Ultimately, it will be a philosophical choice,” Mr. Roeder said after Thursday’s work session. “Do we want to block all opportunities — some would call development — under any circumstances? Or, do we want to thoughtfully consider the balance of the things that make this a special place with opportunities that come from business development in proper places?”

Under the proposal, Mr. Roeder’s 8,300-square-foot home would be converted and expanded to a 32,000-square-foot lodge, which would include the proposed restaurant.

Critics consider the proposal inappropriate for a rural area. They also worry that approval of Mr. Roeder’s project would open up other rural areas to such uses. Others contend it would negatively affect scenic views and the environment, create noise and unsafely increase vehicle traffic.

Supporters contend Northern Fauquier lacks overnight lodging and that the proposed lodge would help other businesses in the area, boosting tax revenue.

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

Barrel Oak Lodge Documents ... by Fauquier Now on Scribd

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Truepat · August 22, 2019 at 5:22 am
farmbum is correct, let's bring tourist taxes in so the Supervisors can quit using our RE taxes as their expense account.....
DonkeyFarmer · August 16, 2019 at 9:31 pm
I don't really have an opinion on this proposal. I just wanted to say Mr. Roeder looks like he wants that photographer off his lawn!
farmbum · August 16, 2019 at 1:04 pm
...and yet another yap fest about development and infrastructure.

Face it, Fauquier has NO infrastructure in the Rural areas.

Support the business growth, lest the supervisors dig into the home owner tax payers pockets even more.
Jim Griffin · August 16, 2019 at 8:14 am
Brian Roeder is a good person with an excellent business reputation. He deserves our support, has earned it.
Hon Rev Dr. Sir Ruprechet Aloisious Hollingsworth · August 15, 2019 at 10:24 pm
Not for nothing, but word on the streets is, one may do well to look a bit deeper into the target market for this "resort". It has been said that, the fact the "restaurant" won't accept outside patrons is a not bad thing, when one discovers the clientele are all very....close....

for what it's worth....
hyzogyqylu · August 15, 2019 at 5:16 pm
I think that removing age restriction would be a good step in this regard as many will be able to enjoy all aspects of this game. I life we have many things that we can enjoy and gaming is one of them, here we can spend our time and spend some of our energies. I am so glad to hear this news and this new development.
Ladybugxing · August 15, 2019 at 3:34 pm
I believe the project is simply too big.
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