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February 5, 2020

Delaplane resort proposal applicant seeks delay

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The proposed 42-room inn with a 50-seat restaurant would operate on 50 acres near the winery.
I do not believe that there are enough votes at this time (among Fauquier’s five board of supervisors’ members) to approve my resort proposal.
— Brian C. Roeder
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The winery owner again has indefinitely postponed further action on his controversial resort proposal near Delaplane.

“I do not believe that there are enough votes at this time (among Fauquier’s five board of supervisors’ members) to approve my resort proposal,” said landowner and applicant Brian C. Roeder, explaining the requested delay in a statement Wednesday.

Mr. Roeder also asked the county to the remove project from the supervisors’ Feb. 13 meeting agenda.

But that probably won’t happen, because the county already has advertised a public hearing on the project.

County Attorney Kevin Burke declined to comment on Mr. Roeder’s request.

But, under similar circumstances, “typically what (the supervisors) do is open the public hearing and tell people it’s been deferred and they can speak if they want or” wait to comment should a proposal get rescheduled for another hearing, Mr. Burke said Wednesday.

In a one-sentence email Wednesday morning, Mr. Roeder notified Fauquier Planning Chief Adam Shellenberger of his decision.

Mr. Roeder seeks board approval for a 42-room inn with a 50-seat restaurant on 50 acres next to his Barrel Oak Winery and Farm Taphouse along Grove Lane. Mr. Roeder also wants approval to host up to 78 events a year, with a maximum of 160 people each.

Other planned features call for horse and hiking trails, a swimming pool, spa, green house and garden to serve the proposed restaurant.

After a lengthy public hearing on Oct. 17, the county planning commission voted, 3-2, to recommend denial of “The Sanctuary at Barrel Oak.” The commission serves as an advisory panel to the supervisors, which has final authority.

About week later, Mr. Roeder decided to postpone the project indefinitely.

During the planning commission’s October public hearing, opponents argued the proposed “sanctuary” uses would be incompatible with the comprehensive plan’s vision for and agricultural zoning and rural character of the area.

They also focused on land-use, traffic, water use, scenic impacts, property values and noise issues.

In phone interview Wednesday, Mr. Roeder refused to elaborate on his written statement.

“It remains my hope that Fauquier will find new ways to encourage and support the livelihood of farmers and small business owners in Fauquier,” Mr. Roeder wrote.  “If we fail to do so, our farmlands will continue to be converted into mansions on large parcels and isolated subdivisions on smaller clustered parcels.

“This process causes the loss of our invaluable rural identity while increasing property taxes and converting Fauquier into a commuter-based bedroom community. I love Fauquier and I will continue to fight to prevent this outcome by advocating for thoughtful economic development both in our service districts and on select, well-chosen parcels in the countryside capable of feeding direct-to-consumer sales revenues to our farmers.”

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