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Barrell Oak Winery Special Exception Planning Commission Hearing scheduled Wednesday, 5 December 2012. This hearing will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the Warrenton Middle School Auditorium, 244 Waterloo Street, Warrenton, Virginia.
This WILL BE A PRECEDENT SETING S.E. because it will be the first granted under the new Farm Winery Ordinance and Barrel Oak is one of the biggest wineries in the county.
The Ordinance requires that a Farm Winery be on a road which is a major collector or higher classification. However, Barrel Oak Winery is on Grove Lane which is classified as a minor collector. So, the Co. must make a finding that it will not have a negative Impact on Grove Lane before approving the S.E. VDOT indicates they have no traffic data on Grove Lane between Marshall and Maidstone Rd where Barrel Oak is located. So the Co. should require a traffic study on Grove Lane before making a decision.
Also, the Health Department has determined that Barrel Oak Winery must have a new septic system in place in order to have the special events. The Health Department has not approved the new septic system, thus it is premature to approve the S.E. without the new septic approval.
The Staff Report states:
"The farm winery ordinance adopted by the Board of Supervisors on July 12, 2012 does not permit the number of events requested. The Fauquier County Farm Winery Ordinance is very specific in addressing the standards for a Special Exception for farm winery special events. The maximum number of special events the Board of Supervisors can approve for a parcel of this size with Special Exception approval is 24 events per calendar year with up to 250 attendees, as well as one additional special event per calendar year with up to 500 attendees."
A link to the County Farm Winery Ordinance is in the right hand column of this page. The County Staff Report and Applicants Justification are available for download through the links below.
One of CFFC's nine recommendations to our Supervisors for economic development is to "Continue to promote agriculture, forestry, equine and other open space businesses in the County for both revenue generation and cost avoidance, as well as to reinforce the cultural elements most central to the County's character."
CFFC believes Farm Wineries have the potential to contribute to rather than detract from the rural way of life we work to preserve.Essential to this outcome is a well drafted Farm Winery Ordinance that protects our citizensí rights to the quiet enjoyment of their land, encourages uses respectful of our rural countryside and creates a supportive environment for agribusiness.
CFFC has been studying this issue closely, analyzing state statues, meeting with supervisors, winery representatives and winery neighbors.CFFC will be posting a response to the proposed ordinance soon.We encourage any interested parties to read this draft ordinance and to post your comments on our Face Book page or send an email to the selected individuals as indicated above.