Our vision is simple: To create a sense of place and purpose in the heart of Vint Hill.
Our plan to develop Vint Hill is being carried out in careful, thoughtful steps that preserve the area’s history, character and charm. Our mission is to welcome your input as we build on our vision to establish a place you’re proud to visit and call home.
Vint Hill will foster the hub of a reemerging community with small-town values set in the picturesque Virginia Piedmont. The overall vision for Vint Hill will seamlessly integrate the greater community of New Baltimore’s existing features and neighborhoods, and supplement them with new services and amenities. These amenities will include shopping, dining, cultural attractions, living space, and offices to help keep jobs local, creating a vibrant sense of place worth visiting and calling home.
A Brief Look at Vint Hill’s History:
- 1942 US Army’s Signal Intelligence Service established Vint Hill Farms Station.
- 1973 shifted focus to R&D.
- 1993 Base Realignment and Closure Commission recommended that Vint Hill be closed as part of Department of Defense’s broad, post-Cold War streamlining effort.
- 1998 Vint Hill Economic Development Authority was formed through state legislation to redevelop the property to create new jobs, tax revenue, and a sense of place in eastern Fauquier County.
- 1999 Following mission to renovate the former Vint Hill Army base into an exceptional mixed-use community of enduring quality, VHEDA and Fauquier County rezoned the property for a planned commercial/ industrial district and planned residential development.
- 2014 Vint Hill Village, LLC purchased the majority of the property to finish what EDA set out to do.
Frequently Asked Questions
Vint Hill Village, LLC, acquired most of the remaining undeveloped land at Vint Hill in mid-2014. Since then it has been working to create a sense of place and community for the residents in and around Vint Hill, and a destination for those from outside the area. The overall vision for Vint Hill will seamlessly integrate the existing features and neighborhoods with new services and amenities within the greater community of New Baltimore. These amenities will include shopping, dining, cultural attractions, living space, offices, and services to help keep jobs local, creating a vibrant sense of place worth visiting and calling home.
In order to fulfill this vision, a Comprehensive Plan Amendment has been filed with the County that will add language and graphics to specifically identify Aiken Drive as the location of the Vint Hill Village Center, with a mixture of residential, retail, entertainment, and other uses that will become the heart of the Vint Hill community.
The Comprehensive Plan can be amended by periodic updates, by amendments proposed by the Planning Commission or Board of Supervisors, or by applicant sponsored amendments such as that Vint Hill Village has applied for. It requires review by staff, and public hearings by both the Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors. More information about the process can be found here.
The following three (3) amendments have been proposed to add language and update the graphics to clarify the vision for Vint Hill to fulfill its economic development programs:
- To remove the Comprehensive Plan designated school site on Kennedy Road in Vint Hill:
The school site was moved to Brookside and Auburn Middle School has already been constructed on the site. The Vint Hill school site has already been rezoned by the County for industrial use, and is currently being developed based on that zoning. The County staff agrees with this amendment.
- To clarify the location of the Vint Hill Village Center:
The Village Center is currently shown as a floating “pink dot” in the center of Vint Hill, in the midst of industrial uses. The amendment request adjusts the location to the actual Vint Hill Village Center which is already on Aiken Drive. County staff has already observed that this location has become the heart of Vint Hill in its report to the Planning Commission at the first hearing on the Comprehensive Plan Amendment. Aiken Drive is home to the existing barns, museum, winery, brewery, inn, County ball fields, pool, gym and theatre, U.S. Post Office, barber, coffee shop, and dog park.
- To identify the location of residential uses on the Land Use Plan map:
The text in the Comprehensive Plan discusses a mix of housing associated with the Village Center, but the Land Use Plan map (Figure NB-1) does not identify the location of that housing. The amendment identifies the appropriate location by designating +/- 61 acres of Vint Hill near the Fauquier Family Shelter as Medium Density Residential (“MDR”). The original 1995 Preferred Reuse Plan, prepared prior to the United States conveyance of Vint Hill to the Vint Hill Economic Development Authority, designated much of this same area as residential.
“Walkable density” is a key component to successful main street communities, and the County’s present Comprehensive Plan for Vint Hill recognizes that walkability is essentially defined as homes, shops, restaurants, and theaters within ½ mile of each other.
The mixed-use plan that has been proposed closely matches the County’s preferred outcome for Vint Hill. In its updated planning documents, the County has observed that the New Baltimore Service District Plan
recognize[s] that a focal point of New Baltimore has been directed in the long term to be the Vint Hill Village Center. This hub has resulted from the fact that the Vint Hill PRP [the Preferred Reuse Plan prepared when the Army was in the process of turning the base over to the Vint Hill EDA] incorporated a village core which is characterized by a neo-traditional development form, with a more compact development pattern and a mix of residential and office/retail commercial uses within approximately a one-half mile radius. This core is in addition to commercial, industrial and residential areas already existing or planned within Vint Hill.
The currently proposed Comprehensive Plan Amendment adheres to that vision.
The construction of the Brookside and Vint Hill Parkways, and the reconstruction of Aiken Drive as a neo-traditional street, together with the improvement of other Vint Hill Roads as part of the overall redevelopment of Vint Hill, will accommodate all of the potential traffic from existing neighborhoods, and future development. It would be difficult to find another location in Fauquier County with a better road network either built, or to be built, than Vint Hill. The Vint Hill community has multiple ways in and out from the major nearby roads, including Route 29, Route 215 (Vint Hill Road) and Route 602 (Rogues Road). These, in addition to new road infrastructure currently underway, provide layers of safe interconnectivity within Vint Hill and the neighboring communities, and will absorb the small amount of traffic that the projected growth at Vint Hill is projected to bring.
Funding for the roads that are yet to be constructed will come from a combination of monetary contributions currently spent or committed by Vint Hill Village, LLC, and Virginia Department of Transportation state-level grants. No local tax money will be used.
Among the major projects already funded and/or in progress are the $2.6 million Aiken & Brookside Parkway project and the $8.2 million rebuilding of Farm Station Road (formerly Watson Road), the extension of Vint Hill Parkway, as well as Kennedy Road from the Parkway to Rogues Road. A $3.5 million project to improve Aiken Drive—the future Main Street—between Kennedy Road and Farm Station Road it is also in the works. The engineering for Aiken Drive is being paid for by Vint Hill Village, LLC. Aiken has been designed as neo-traditional street with curb, gutter, and sidewalks.
Fauquier County’s official figures demonstrate that County-wide schools were at 79.5% capacity at the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year. Only one school—Pierce Elementary—was at or above 90% capacity.
More specifically, however, within the Vint Hill area, Kettle Run High School was at 89.6% of its program capacity, Auburn Middle School was at 84.9%, and Greenville Elementary School was at 83.1%. Over the next ten years, and given all anticipated growth (some of which it is known – such as Bishops Run – will never be built, or will be built at less than its potential, and planned, density) the School Division has projected that each of these schools will actually lose students and not gain them. Thus, the County’s own enrollment projections have Auburn’s attendance leveling off at 87% of capacity in a decade. Kettle Run’s enrollment is projected to peak in 2016-17, then to decline to 85% of capacity in a decade. The County concludes that “[r]ecent district-wide projections predict that the student population could be stagnant over the next 10 years, suggesting the need for more frequent redistricting as opposed to [construction of] additional facilities.”
Additional students that would live in the new homes proposed can be absorbed into existing schools.