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May 22, 2019

Proposed Delaplane “lodge” and resort meeting June 14

The Lodge at Barrel Oak will require county board of supervisors' approval.
Fauquier residents next month will get a chance to learn more about a proposed "luxury" resort near Delaplane.

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

He will host an open-house meeting on The Lodge at Barrel Oak proposal at 6 p.m., Friday, June 14, in the Marshall Community Center at 4133 Rectortown Road in the Northern Fauquier village.

“It’s just a community Q&A to let folks know what we’re planning to do and to hear from them,” Mr. Roeder, the majority owner of Barrel Oak Winery, said Wednesday.

Under the proposal, Mr. Roeder’s 8,300-square-foot home would be converted and expanded to a 32,000-square-foot lodge. The 50-seat restaurant would serve only overnight guests.

Events — 78 per year for a maximum 160 people on weekends and a maximum 80 on “non-holiday” weekdays — would include weddings, wedding receptions, family reunions and the like.

They would take place outdoors, under a tent, in a planned semi-enclosed courtyard, hidden from adjoining properties. Most of the events would occur between April and October.

As proposed, the project will require four special exception permits.

He had hoped the county planning commission would conduct a July 18 work session and public hearing on the project. But, that may not occur because of county staff questions related to the project that will take addition time to address, Mr. Roeder said.

“It may be delayed until August,” he said of the planning commission’s review. “That’s OK.”

The commission serves as an advisory panel to the county board of supervisors, which has final authority. The board also will conduct a work session and public hearing before acting on the applications.

Mr. Roeder has discussed the project with county Supervisor Mary Leigh McDaniel, whose Marshall District includes the project site, the Fauquier Chamber of Commerce’s economic development committee and the Marshall Business and Residents Association.

Mr. Roeder and his former wife Sharon L. Roeder own the proposed site.
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