Faced with likely rejection by the Fauquier Board of Supervisors, Brian Roeder withdrew his application for special exceptions for his so-called Sanctuary at Barrel Oak. This marks the second time that the owner of the Barrel Oak Winery has pulled his application from the supervisors' docket. Conservationists and near-by residents of the proposed development had been prepared to appear at the Feb. 13 meeting to protest the construction of a hotel and meeting venue in the middle of Marshall farmland.
CFFC and other other conservation groups, along with private citizens, advanced a persuasive argument that the Barrel Oak project would lead to reckless development elsewhere in Fauquier and upend 50 years of work to protect the county's rural, agricultural heritage. You may be sure that CFFC will keep a close eye on the stalled Sanctuary at Barrel Oak because Roeder may seek the supervisors' approval at a later date.