What are the responsibilities of the Architectural Review Board? Do they review applications?
The Fauquier County Architectural Review Board (ARB) was established by the Board of Supervisors in 1976. The mission of the ARB is to protect against the deterioration, destruction, and encroachment upon Fauquier County historic properties and cultural areas and to encourage uses that lead to their continuance, conservation, and improvement.
Through the authority enacted by Article 14, Part 3 of the Fauquier County Zoning Ordinance, the Architectural Review Board is charged with specific duties, including but not limited to: advising and assisting the Board of Supervisors, the Planning Commission and other County departments and agencies in matters involving historically significant sites and buildings, such as appropriate land use on and around historic properties; conducting studies deemed necessary to discern the best means of preserving and utilizing historic assets in the County; and providing public preservation education for Fauquier County citizens and advising historic property owners regarding the best treatment options for historic resources. According to Article 11 of the Zoning Ordinance, the Architectural Review Board is also required to review telecommunications applications when a new support tower is proposed at 120 feet or higher. The ARB reviews these applications to determine the effects the project might have on existing historic resources, if any. For more information about the Fauquier County Architectural Review Board and past ARB projects and programs, see the following link: www.fauquiercounty.gov/government/departments-a-g/community-development/boards-committees/architectural-review-board