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June 10, 2019

Proposed Delaplane “lodge” meeting Friday, June 14

Photo/Don Del Rosso
Brian Roeder will explain his plan for 42-room inn and answer questions Friday at the Marshall Community Center.
The Northern Fauquier winery owner doesn’t know what to expect during Friday’s open-house meeting on his plans for a “luxury” resort near Delaplane.

Brian C. Roeder seeks multiple special exception permits from the county board of supervisors for a proposed 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 the 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.

During the scheduled two-our meeting, he plans to provide a project overview and ask for a show of hands to determine how many in the audience support, object to or have misgivings about the proposal, Mr. Roeder said.

“I’d like to identify which camp they’re in,” he added. “I’d like to find a way to answer their questions and allay concerns.”

Mr. Roeder, 56, last month filed special exception permit applications with Fauquier’s community development department.

In recent weeks, he has talked with several Marshall business representatives and some adjoining neighbors about the project, Mr. Roeder said. He also placed a flyer summarizing the project in 35 mailboxes “potentially in ear- or eyeshot” of the site.

Mr. Roeder described feedback so far as “fully supportive” and “generally supportive.”

The lodge would represent a $7-million to $9-million investment, Mr. Roeder said.

Under the proposal, his 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, according to Mr. Roeder.

Mr. Roeder and his ex-wife Sharon L. Roeder founded the winery 11 years ago; he remains its majority owner.

The lodge would be owned and operated independently of the winery, explained Mr. Roeder, who would seek investors for the project.

The Fauquier’s special exception review process involves public hearings before the county planning commission and the board of supervisors. The commission serves as an advisory panel to the supervisors, which have final authority.

Mr. Roeder hopes the planning commission hearing will take place July or August.

— Don Del Rosso
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