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Judge: Fauquier County supervisors weren’t unreasonable in denying Catlett subdivision

Tuesday, Jun. 10 | By Jonathan Hunley
Fauquier supervisors didn't unreasonably turn down a proposal for homes, businesses and a sewage-treatment plant in Catlett, a county circuit court judge ruled last week.

Instead, Judge Jeffrey W. Parker, in an opinion dated June 6, wrote that the Board of Supervisors' 3-2 vote on Dec. 8, 2011, was "fairly debatable," or that reasonable people could come to different decisions when considering the matter.

Catlett Farm LLC's Village of Catlett project called for more than 200 homes and as much as 85,000 square feet of commercial space on nearly 800 acres at Route 28 and Dumfries Road.

The developer also offered to build the wastewater-treatment plant and perhaps pay for existing residents in the area to connect to it, depending on how many homes supervisors would allow to be built.

Drain fields have been failing in Catlett and Calverton for years, so Catlett Farm LLC contended that its project would have helped to fix a longstanding problem in addition to being necessary for its new construction.

So when the entire mixed-use project was rejected, the developer sued the county.

The matter went to trial in late February, and testimony ended in early March.

In another effort to end the Catlett/Calverton drain field problem, supervisors are looking at a public-private partnership to build a sewage-treatment plant. That effort perhaps would include borrowing $7.1 million.

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