WATER RESOURCE, FLOOD & DROUGHT INFORMATION

Clarke County has long been a leader in environmental protection and managed controlled growth. This is evidenced by the extensive long-term planning and visionary thinking that occurred in the early 1980's. During this time the County realized the importance of our groundwater resources and developed the Groundwater Protection Plan. This plan led to the establishment of the septic and well ordinances, sinkhole ordinance, the first USGS groundwater study, and an overall awareness of the sensitive nature of our groundwater resources from a water quality view. The County also adopted Sliding Scale Zoning, implemented the Agricultural/Forestal District, use value taxation, use of the LESA scoring system, and designated growth areas. These tools, in addition to more recent protection efforts such as the establishment of the Conservation Easement Authority and adoption of the Mountain Land Plan, have provided a strong framework to allow for growth while protecting our agricultural economy and natural and historic resources.

RAIN BARRELS


The County is selling rain barrels year round. Barrel pickup is available almost anytime by appointment. Contact Alison Teetor from the Clarke County Planning Department at 955-5134 to arrange pickup.

Clarke County, Berryville, the Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin, and the Northern Shenandoah Valley Master Gardeners are working together to bring high quality Rain Bear Rain Barrels to the Clarke/Frederick County area.

The cost for barrels is $90 each.

In the Summer - Come visit the Master Gardeners table at the Farmers Market for information on rain barrels every Saturday 9 am to 1 pm. The Farmers Market is located in the Rixey Moore Parking Lot on S. Church St. in Berryville, next to the Dollar Store.


Click here for information about the barrels
Informative videos on how to set up your barrel!



Flood Information - Shenandoah River

Current Flood Stage Information - NWS Watches, Warnings, and Advisories

Graph Detailing Current Flood Stage - NWS Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service


Drought Information


NEW!


Drought Indicator Maps of the Shenandoah Basin from DEQ



Current water resources conditions in the County, Region, and State as provided by the Department of Environmental Quality drought website .

Current Drought Status Reports - State summary of current conditions, future outlook

Current County Real-time water levels - 5 Real time Gages What are the water levels in your area
USGS Water Monitoring Study - details water levels from well monitoring in the County

In 2002, as a result of a prolonged and serious drought, the County initiated a 6-year groundwater study with the United States Geological Survey (USGS). The primary objective of the study was to enhance the County's understanding of the quantity and sustainability of our ground-water resources. The following link details the results and findings of this six-year study. Monitoring will continue annually as funding is approved by the Board of Supervisors.

NEW!!

The USGS Scientific Investigations Report - "Hydrogeology and groundwater availability in Clakre County, Virginia" By: D.L. Nelms and R.M. Moberg, JR.


This is the final report for the County's 6-year groundwater study - 2002-2008

Summary of 6 year USGS Ground Water Study - What did the County learn - Click Here to Find Out

Link to additional Water Conservation Information

How much water is your leaky faucet using - check the Drip Calculator

Additional drought information:

Supervisors adopt Drought Response Plan and Ordinance - May 20, 2008






More Information

Planning Department Home Conservation Easement Authority Code of Virginia
Zoning and Subdivision Info Comprehensive Plan Town of Boyce
Health Department


In 2009, the Clarke County Board of Supervisors obtained funds from the Virginia Department of Historic Resources to prepare a Preliminary Information Form (PIF) for a proposed Chapel Rural Historic District for the central portion of the County. In addition, several property owners in the area generously funded approximately 50% of cost of this project. This PIF is now complete and has been submitted to the Virginia Department of Historic Resources (DHR) for consideration at the September 30th meeting of the State Review Board. At that time, a determination will be made as to whether this proposed rural historic district is eligible for the Virginia Landmarks Register and the National Register of Historic Places.

Chapel PIF document.
USGS topo map with proposed boundary.
GIS map with roads.
GIS map with aerial photo, parcels, roads, etc.


If you have any questions please contact County Planning Director, Chuck Johnston, at 955-5130  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
or project consultant, Maral Kalbian, at 955-1231  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

CLARKE COUNTY
PLANNING COMMISSION
AGENDA
2008 MAY 2 - 9:00 a.m.
BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING ROOM

1. Approval of Agenda

2. Approval of Minutes: 2008 April 1 and 2008 April 4

3. SITE PLAN - CONT'D PUBLIC HEARING
Robert Claytor, H. N. Funkhouser & Co. (Agent: David Falkenstein, Greenway Engineering) requests approval of Site Plan for 6,867 sq ft gas/convenience store on a 2.2-acre portion of Tax Map Parcel 28-A-20A, zoned Highway Commercial, CH, Greenway Magisterial District. SP-07-10

4. SPECIAL USE PERMIT AMENDMENT / SITE PLAN AMENDMENT -
PUBLIC HEARING
Community Housing Partners (Samantha Brown, Agent) requests approval of a Special Use Amendment and Site Plan Amendment for a special trade contractor located at 1329 Fish Paw Road, Tax Map #7-((A))-1A, Longmarsh Magisterial District, zoned Agricultural Open-Space Conservation (AOC). SUP-08-03, SP-08-03.
5. MINOR SUBDIVISION
Estate of Savannah M. McDonald (Deloris M. Hausenfluck, Agent) requests approval for a two-lot subdivision for Tax Map 7-((A))-57, located 268 Triple J Road, Longmarsh Magisterial District, zoned Agricultural-Open Space-Conservation (AOC). MS-08-07

6. TEXT AMENDMENT - PUBLIC HEARING
The Clarke County Planning Commission will consider the amendment of the County Zoning Ordinance:
Section 1. Authority, Purpose and Intent, so as to amend this section in accordance with the Code of
Virginia sections 15.2-2210 through 2222, as appropriate, concerning the establishment of Planning Commission and the authority of the Zoning Administrator, and
Section 10, Administrative Provisions, so as to shift provisions regarding the Zoning Administrator to Section 1 and add a provision entitled "Conflict with Statues, Local Ordinances, or Regulations." TA-08-01

7. TEXT AMENDMENT - PUBLIC HEARING
The Clarke County Planning Commission will consider the amendment of the County Zoning Ordinance:
Section 7, Board of Zoning Appeals, so as to delete and readopt this section as: Appeals, Variances, and
2314 that addresses these topics. TA-08-02

8. TEXT AMENDMENT - PUBLIC HEARING
The Clarke County Planning Commission will consider the amendment of the County Zoning Ordinance so as to amend:
Section 4-H-3-a, Height Limitation Exceptions, so as to state: "Flagpoles may exceed the maximum height limit established in each zoning district by 50%, but shall not exceed the distance from the nearest lot line." and
Section 9-B-165, Definition of the term: "Structure", so as to state that the definition of a structure as "Anything constructed or erected, the use of which requires permanent location on the ground, or attachment to something having a permanent location on the ground, except utility poles, and shall include, without limitation, chimneys, cupolas, flagpoles, smokestacks, spires, or towers."
(Added text shown in Italics) TA-08-03


9. TEXT AMENDMENT - SET PUBLIC HEARING
The Clarke County Planning Commission will consider the amendment of the County Zoning Ordinance:
Section 3-A-1, Agricultural-Open Space-Conservation District - AOC so as to delete from the list of
Special Uses: Labor Camps, Livestock Auction Markets, Livestock Processing and Meat Storage Lockers,
Retail Stores and to allow the list of Special Uses the processing of Apiary Products and Dairy Products and
to rename the use Limited Vehicular Repair as Limited General Automotive Repair;
Section 3-A-2, Forestal-Open Space-Conservation District - FOC so as to delete from the list of Special Uses:
Retail Stores and Sawmills and to allow the list of Special Uses the processing of Apiary Products and Dairy
Products and to rename the use Limited Vehicular Repair as Limited General Automotive Repair;
Section 3-C, Supplementary Regulations, so as to:
1. establish a six acre minimum lot size for Summer Camps, Special Trade Contractors, and
Limited General Automotive Repair and provide a minimum set back for this use of 200 feet;
2. delete the regulations for: Fairgrounds (as this use is regulated elsewhere in the ordinance),
Labor Camps (as this use is to be deleted), Motor Freight Terminal (as this use is not allowed
in the ordinance).
Section 9-B, Definitions, so as to add Apiary, Dairy, and Meat Products to the definition of "Processing of Fruit and Vegetables." TA-08-04

REPORTS
10. Board of Supervisors - Pete Dunning
11. Sanitary Authority - Pete Dunning
12. Board of Septic & Well Appeals - Pete Dunning
13. Board of Zoning Appeals - Anne Caldwell
14. School Construction - Cliff Nelson
15. Historic Preservation Commission - Cliff Nelson
16. Conservation Easement Authority - Pat McKelvy
17. Natural Resource Activities - Alison Teetor
- WEB site update - Drought Plan
- Easement Authority - Rain Barrel workshops
18. Enforcement Officer - Nancy Olin
19. Other
20. Adjournment until the next regular meeting on 2007 May 4.