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July 7, 2020

Supervisors consider novel 166-home subdivision plan

The county planning commission in December voted, 4-1, to recommend approval of the planned development along Broad Run Church Road (top) and Riley Road (right).
I understand the inclination to want to move density into the service district from outside the service district. But there are some cases where it isn’t as perfect as it sounds, and this might be one of them.”
— Scott District Supervisor Holder Trumbo
Public Hearing
• Topic: Rezoning application to create a 166-home subdivision on 112.5 acres at Broad Run Church and Riley roads near New Baltimore.

• When: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 9.

• Agency: Fauquier County Board of Supervisors.

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

• Applicant: Lakeside Homes LLC.

• Landowners: Lakeside Homes LLC, Homeowners Association of Brookside and James M. & Kathleen K. Rohr.

• Recommendation: By a 4-1 vote, the commission on Dec. 19 recommended approval of the proposal partly because it would shift potential home lots from a rural property to the project site in the New Baltimore Service District, where the county seeks to concentrate growth to make more efficient use of land and to ease development pressure on rural areas.
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The Scott District supervisor has “grave reservations” about a proposal that would combine the density of four properties to create a 166-lot subdivision near New Baltimore.

Lakeside Homes LLC seeks a rezoning of 112.5 acres at Broad Run Church and Riley roads from one to four homes per acre.

The county board of supervisors will conduct a public hearing Thursday on the Broad Run Estates proposal in the Warren Green Building at 10 Hotel St. in Warrenton. The board’s meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m.

The board has adopted rules for public participation during the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here for details about commenting electronically or in person.

> Agenda and supporting documents at bottom of story

Three of the properties — Broad Run Estates, Riley’s Estates and James M. and Kathleen K. Rohr’s property — lie within the New Baltimore Service District, where the county seeks to concentrate growth to make more efficient use of land and to ease development pressure on rural areas.

The fourth site — the undeveloped 73.3-acre Ringwood Farm along Rouges Road — lies just outside of the service district. Under county staff review, a plan for the property shows 42 lots.

Under the proposal, the applicant would put a conservation easement on Ringwood Farm — eliminating all but one home lot.

To help offset the project’s public service impacts, applicant has pledged to give Fauquier $664,000.

The applicant also has agreed to make road improvements along the portion of the project site fronting Broad Run Church Road that it values at approximately $1.5 million.

“I understand the inclination to want to move density into the service district from outside the service district,” said Supervisor Holder Trumbo, whose Scott District includes the proposed project site. “That, of course, is what Fauquier County has said we want to do, overall.

“But there are some cases where it isn’t as perfect as it sounds, and this might be one of them.”

The effective transfer of density from one property to another can be problematic because “you don’t ever seem to be able to ever make a straight-line trade — one house inside for one house outside the service district,” the supervisor said. “There always seems to be additional housing involved.”

Adding to his concerns about the proposal, Mr. Trumbo noted that residents who would be most affected by increased housing density question why they should bear the brunt of it.

“ ‘Why are we going to get the extra traffic and extra load on our schools and other infrastructure’?” he said. “That has to be answered and the applicant, to my knowledge, hasn’t really explained that to the neighbors.”

Scott District residents also have told him repeatedly that they want commercial development, rather than “a lot of housing . . . to balance the tax base out,” Mr. Trumbo said.

Primarily for those reasons, “I have grave reservations about this application, as it is,” he said.

A board decision could come Thursday because of a state law that gives counties 12 months to act on rezoning applications.

“All motions, resolutions or petitions for amendment to the zoning ordinance, and/or map shall be acted upon and a decision made within such reasonable time as may be necessary which shall not exceed 12 months,” according to the Virginia code.

But that deadline could be extended if “the applicant requests or consents to action beyond such period or unless the applicant withdraws his motion, resolution or petition for amendment to the zoning ordinance or map, or both,” the code reads.

Fauquier’s planning commission in December voted, 4-1, in support of the Broad Run Estates project. The five-member commission serves as an advisory panel to the board of supervisors, which has final authority.

Contact Don Del Rosso at or 540-270-0300.

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J_Guye · July 8, 2020 at 2:55 pm
@brianroeder, you're exactly right! SSDD
PabloCruz · July 8, 2020 at 12:49 pm
AngryBob-thanks for the correction. My mistake.
AngryBob · July 8, 2020 at 9:57 am
@PabloCruz: They approved Costco, despite overwhelming public opposition. Costco pulled out afterwards.

@Truepat: The property is partial floodplain. They're trying to move the floodplain build rights up to high ground. And of course, Ringwood Farm may be R1, but they can only build 8 houses there without sewer service.
Truepat · July 8, 2020 at 6:16 am
reminder: Toll Brothers/Brookside bankrupt......
Truepat · July 8, 2020 at 6:14 am
This property is a huge financial loss waiting to happen to those who want to do this, they've tried for over 10 years to develop this swamp
PabloCruz · July 7, 2020 at 5:46 pm
Mr. Trumbo says they want commercial development. Years ago, They had the chance to approve a Costco just off rte 29 in that area but it was denied. The BOS are a bunch of hypocrites. They force all development into the service districts, then say it’s the developers job to explain to the citizens why they are placing an increased burden on the schools and roads in the area. SMH
Virtus · July 7, 2020 at 4:58 pm
If approved, there may be unintended consequences for other rural areas to come under developer pressure to become part of a service district. Most folks who live in a RA zoned area don't want to become part of a service district, rather they prefer their rural views and space.
brianroeder · July 7, 2020 at 3:05 pm
So...once again county leaders encourage development to follow the rules except when there is the risk of any development occurring at all and then they jettison the rules they claim must be followed. Density in the right location is smart and large lot sprawl is stupid. The wealthy landowners in Scott District want more businesses but there are not enough people to support such businesses. We saw that play out with the closing of Gentle Harvest in Marshall earlier this year after years of delay in allowing the construction of the Van Metre housing that was "approved" back in what - 2016? 2015? Sounds like the same old game...and Mr. Trumbo's backers again want to have it both ways - i.e. their way. Put another way, no exceptions for smart growth proposals but plenty of exceptions for the no growth agenda. Same thing - different day.
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