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March 21, 2022

Van Metre’s plans for five-home subdivision in Marshall clear Fauquier County Planning Commission
The proposed development would take up 15 acres, or 14 percent, of the approximately 110-acre property. Residential developments cannot exceed 15 percent of the land if the property is over 30 acres in size, according to the Fauquier County Zoning Ordinance.
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The Fauquier County Planning Commission is unanimously recommending approval of a special exception that would allow Van Metre Homes to build a small subdivision in Marshall, an undertaking opposed by several residents.

During a public hearing Thursday, the Planning Commission recommended the Board of Supervisors approve Van Metre Homes’ application to build five new residential lots, three utility well lots and a residual open space lot at the intersection of Crest Hill Road (Route 647) and Lake Daniel Road (Route 863) in Marshall. The board could vote on the proposal as soon as April 14.

The proposed development would take up 15 acres, or 14 percent, of the approximately 110-acre property. Residential developments cannot exceed 15 percent of the land if the property is over 30 acres in size, according to the Fauquier County Zoning Ordinance.

The ordinance also requires the other 85% of the land be designated as non-common open space (undeveloped private property) to “help to protect environmental resources, steep slope areas, prime agricultural soils and forest lands, providing opportunity for future agricultural use.”

In addition to the residential lots, the three utility wells would be dedicated to the Fauquier County Water and Sanitation Authority to serve the Marshal Service District.

Nearly 85 acres of non-common open space, on the east side of Lake Daniel Road, will be designated as a private well and drain field. The county has also requested 8.62 acres, on the west side of Lake Daniel Road, be prohibited from residential development and considered a common open space lot (recreation space for the use of all residents).

Several Marshall residents who spoke at the public hearing, however, objected to the proposed subdivision and asked for more time to review the project – pointing to its potential to negatively impact traffic, the surrounding ecosystem and the county's rural aesthetic.

Margaret Cassidy, a Marshall District resident, told commissioners during the hearing that one of the main things she is worried about is the impact the development may have on the local land and wildlife.

“I didn't hear any discussion about the impact it would have on the wildlife, on the water, on the birds, on the trees,” she said.

Cassidy also asked the commissioners if the development could have a significant impact on traffic in the area.

“I didn't hear any impact about what [the development] would have on the road conditions – with the roads being more frequently used – that there would be more traffic, causing more road repairs to be needed,” Cassidy added.

Sandra Rogers, also of Marshall, said she was concerned that another residential development in Fauquier would not only impact the local ecosystem but also ruin the rural landscape.

“We like the rural environment,” she said. “I understand that there has to be growth … But why does there have to be so much growth all at one time?”

According to a report generated by staff with the Fauquier Department of Community Development, the proposed development is “consistent with the Comprehensive Plan” and “will protect Carter’s Run and its associated wetlands and floodplain.”

The report also stated the proposed development would not “hinder or discourage” the development of adjacent properties, diminish the value of surrounding properties, generate a “hazardous” amount of traffic or “deplete or degrade air quality or surface/groundwater quantity.”

Marshall District Commissioner Robert Lee, following the vote, said he believes the proposed development would be an “improvement” to Marshall because of its potential to drive economic growth and also “provide good drinking water for the community.” He said the commission takes the potential impact on the environment seriously.

“And today during the work session, we asked staff to come back this evening and provide additional protections for trees, the natural state of the property and surface water quality,” he said. “ … and so the staff has worked to bring that back to us. So, these are much improved conditions that would limit what could be done on the property.”

Scott District Commissioner and Chairperson Adrienne Garreau said she too believes the development would not only add “ a lot of benefit to the county,” but the area will still maintain its rural aesthetic because the county is putting a majority of the property into a conservation easement.
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Sammy · March 25, 2022 at 7:42 am
This company is pooping on our community with the advertising comments. What are they advertising? They are advertising for more people to poop for them. Stop them, by legal means if necessary. And by all means delete them immediately (and make them agree in the terms of service not to do this).
Jayhawk · March 22, 2022 at 12:45 pm
Actually, there does not "have to be growth." There is no real reason except for profit to the land owner and the builders. Restrict all building to replacement of existing buildings and do not allow "new" and limit the population. NOTHING except profit motive compels "growth." Be content to be small and no problem....but humans will not do it (until forced to do so).
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