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February 28, 2019

Town seeks suggestions on comprehensive plan

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“The plan guides decision-making about transportation, economic development, parks and recreation, historic preservation, housing and other quality of life amenities for the next 20 years,” according to the town.
Warrenton officials will host two public meetings in March to solicit more citizen suggestions for the town’s updated comprehensive plan.

An open house about the plan will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 2, at the Warrenton Aquatic and Recreation Center.

A formal workshop with interactive participation will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, March 5, in the PATH Foundation building at 321 Walker Drive.

The updated comprehensive plan will serve as a blueprint for Warrenton’s future through 2040.

“The plan guides decision-making about transportation, economic development, parks and recreation, historic preservation, housing and other quality of life amenities for the next 20 years,” according to the town.

“Proactive planning is important because without it, the ability to plan is given to others who may not have the best interests of the town in mind,” interim Town Manager Brandie Schaeffer said. “A comprehensive plan provides a vision for the future of the community along with the steps that are needed to make that vision a reality. It ultimately guides what future development can happen and where,” Ms. Schaeffer added.

Information collected from citizens will be shared with the project steering committee and then with the public this summer.

The draft comprehensive plan will be released late this summer, with public hearings throughout the fall. 

“Now is the chance to ensure what is important to residents and businesses is included in the update of the comprehensive plan,” town Senior Planner Denise Harris said.

For more information, contact the Community Development Department at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 540-347-2405.
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Savefauquiercounty2019 · March 4, 2019 at 5:59 am
When visiting the town itself.....what do I see?
I see polite children opening doors, saying thank you, selling girl scout cookies, picking up trash at the creeks alongside of business 29. At the local stores, business owners who care about their patrons and take the extra steps needed to resolve any issues. Warrenton is like no other town.

People pursuing relocation to Fauquier County can not find affordable housing or rentals. There is ARMI who does not permit pets. The data show pet owners as very responsible renters. One of the only landlord who permits pets have very tiny units, overcharged. The renters do not have washer dryer units in apartments, so the costs of one load is $3. If you do load of sheets, load of towels, 3 load of clothes it can run $60 to $70 a month tacked on to expensive monthly rent and electricity.

Why do town officials tolerate these landlords. The rest of the town is awesome. It is depressing for those who are forced to rent.

PabloCruz · March 1, 2019 at 2:08 pm
Mr. Griffin, you are correct. It is hypocritical and there is no reconciling. What is being practiced here is not free market economics or libertarianism. It is just the opposite, and it is by design intentional. Most economists know that the economy in the United States is not a true free market. The government sets economic policy, and it is heavily influenced by lobbying, etc. Fauquier county is a microcosm of this principle, especially in land use and taxation, as you pointed out.
Cammie Rodgers · March 1, 2019 at 11:27 am
Same goes for the "bicyclists" wanting their own special lane on our country roads and on Broadview. That hardly justifies widening our roads to accommodate a few people on bikes at the cost to many taxpayers who do not ride.
BikerFriendlyGal · March 1, 2019 at 10:56 am
You can say it was slated as a bypass all you want, but that concept immediately went away with the approval of adjacent subdivisions as the study states. And as to where any connector road would be built, the same question can be asked regarding a bypass, since the majority of the proposed corridor does not have any acquired right of way. Traffic counts along Broadview have remained steady or gone down. Distracted driving has gone up appreciatively causing more accidents - hardly a reason to justify moving the problem through residential neighborhoods.
Cammie Rodgers · March 1, 2019 at 10:15 am
BikerFriendlyGal - It was slated as a bypass, then Mark House wasn't incorrect. Where is the connector road to be built for the sub-developments? 15 years ago doesn't pertain to today, Broadview is more of a traffic mess then ever.
BikerFriendlyGal · March 1, 2019 at 9:42 am
Maybe this 2005 Rappahannock Regional Commission study will clue you in on what the future holds......their prediction, now almost 15 years ago, appears to be right on target.

"Originally, Timber Fence Parkway had been
slated as a bypass, but adjacent sub developments were allowed to tie into it,
thereby reducing its effectiveness as a thoroughfare. The County is considering
building a connector road that will service local traffic throughout the sub
developments. It is not planned to facilitate regional travel between Route 211
and Route 17. That traffic will be directed to Broadview Avenue once it is
redeveloped for through-traffic."
BikerFriendlyGal · March 1, 2019 at 9:29 am
And you can't change the fact that in 2003 the BOS unanimously voted to remove the concept from the County Comprehensive Plan, well before many homeowners purchased their homes. Do you think that the new residents in Stone Crest are being given the same notice about a potential bypass?
Mark House · March 1, 2019 at 8:28 am
BikerFriendlyGal - Timber Fence Parkway was on the comprehensive plan as a connector to Rt 211 no matter what you think it means. No changing that fact.
BikerFriendlyGal · March 1, 2019 at 8:06 am
The word PARKWAY doesn't mean BYPASS any more than BROADVIEW is and AVENUE and WALKER is a DRIVE.
Mark House · February 28, 2019 at 4:42 pm
JohnnyD - you'd have to ask the former Mayor of Warrenton - Mr. Finch - but you can't as he has passed on, the lawyer that handled the deal - but he moved to South Carolina with his riches, and the residents of Old Gold Cup and Silver Cup that complained that no one told them that road was to be used for a bypass (the word PARKWAY was misleading?). It didn't stop the powers that be to construct a bypass on Route 17 on the back side of Oak Springs Townhomes, no one gave them a choice.
Jim Griffin · February 28, 2019 at 4:36 pm
I am genuinely curious about how so-called free market conservatives or libertarians justify government intervention in the use and sale of real estate?

How is second-guessing owners respect for property rights? How do you suspend your libertarian or conservative orientation to substitute judgment for the land owner?

I understand how non-conservative, non-libertarian thinking can be comfortable with government intervention in these decisions, but I fail to reconcile what I know about free markets and libertarian ideas with zoning, conservation easements and more, especially as practiced in our county.

If an open free market is best, why should government intervene in the real estate market and buy development rights, let alone a quarter of them in the county?

Not to mention the impact of shifting the tax burden on other taxpayers.

It all seems hypocritical to me, so I ask for explanations from others who are comfortable with these otherwise conflicting ideas.
Mark House · February 28, 2019 at 11:42 am
Agree with Johnny D. the Walker Drive project was a shell game, offering two things (bowling alley and movie theater) then saying MAYBE after it was approved by the BOS) Put the Timber Fence Parkway back on the comprehensive plan.
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