Community Development FAQs

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  • Administration

    • What if I want to talk to Community Development staff?

    • What are the Department’s hours of operation?

    • Where is the office for the Department of Community Development located?

  • Agricultural and Forestal Districts

    • How can I learn more about the Agricultural and Forestal District program?

    • Is there an application fee? What other information do I need to provide?

    • How do I establish or join an Agricultural and Forestal District?

    • Will placing my property in an Agricultural/Forestal District keep development out of my neighborhood?

    • Does the Agricultural and Forestal District program restrict development?

    • Does the Agricultural and Forestal District program provide tax benefits?

  • Architectural Review Board

    • What are the responsibilities of the Architectural Review Board? Do they review applications?

  • Board of Zoning Appeals

    • When does the BZA meet?

    • How can I learn more about the BZA?

    • How can I appeal a decision by the Zoning Administrator?

    • Where does the BZA meet?

    • What is the Board of Zoning Appeals?

  • Comprehensive Plan

    • How can I learn more about the Comprehensive Plan process?

    • How is the Comprehensive Plan used?

    • What is the Plan’s overall vision?

    • What is the Comprehensive Plan?

  • Historic Preservation

    • What is a conservation easement? What are the benefits of placing my property in a conservation easement?

    • I have an old abandoned cemetery on my property. What are my legal obligations?

    • Does my historic property and rehabilitation project qualify for historic tax credits?

    • Is my property in a historic district?

    • How do I begin a major maintenance or rehabilitation project of my historic building?

    • How do I begin to preserve a historic cemetery?

    • Someone else now owns the land where my ancestors are buried. What are my rights regarding that cemetery?

    • What do I do if I discover human remains?

    • What do I do if I see willful damage to or displacement of gravestones, cemetery fences, or monuments?

  • Marshall Code

    • What is The Marshall Code?

    • I am a business owner on Main Street. How does the Code help me?

    • I'm already in the special Marshall Taxing district; will this Code increase the amount I am taxed to pay for more sidewalks, lights & maintenance?

    • I am an existing homeowner in the residential neighborhoods. How will this new Code affect me?

    • Why is the new zoning better than the previous zoning?

    • How can this be 'Form Based Code' since uses are still regulated?

    • Is my property affected?

    • Why was a local Historic District adopted?

    • Why did the County adopt on new Zoning for Marshall?

  • Planning Commission

    • If there is a County public hearing sign on land near me, how do I find out what’s going on?

    • How can I learn more about the PC?

    • Where does the PC meet?

    • When does the PC meet?

    • What does the PC do?

    • What is the Planning Commission?

  • Planning-General

    • What can I do with land?

    • Where can I find property information?

    • Is it possible to obtain a copy of a plat of my property from the county?

    • Does the County enforce any of the covenants or deed restrictions that may be applicable to my subdivision?

    • I understand that the County buys development rights. How do I find out more about this program?

    • Is it possible to obtain a copy of a plat of my property from the County?

    • I understand that the County buys development rights. How do I find out more about this program?

    • What is the preferred process for viewing a pending Planning application?

    • When do Boards and Committees meet? Can I attend?

    • What if I want to comment on a legislative application?

    • Are there opportunities for involvement in the Planning process?

    • How can I find out what is going on with a particular case?

    • How are Planning applications reviewed?

    • Where can I find property information?

    • What can I do with land?

    • If there is a County public hearing sign on land near me, how do I find out what’s going on?

  • Rezoning

    • Is there a deadline for filing a Rezoning application?

    • How do I apply for a Rezoning?

    • What is a Rezoning?

    • When do I need a Rezoning?

    • Is there a Rezoning application fee?

    • How long does it take to get a Rezoning?

    • How long is a Rezoning valid?

    • How can I learn more about the Rezoning process?

    • What is a Proffer Amendment?

  • Special Exception

    • How do I obtain a Special Exception for a sewage discharge system?

    • How do I apply for a Special Exception?

    • What is a Special Exception?

    • When do I need a Special Exception?

    • How long does it take to get a Special Exception?

    • How long is a Special Exception valid?

    • How can I learn more about Special Exceptions?

  • Special Permit

    • How do I apply for a Special Permit?

    • When do I need a Special Permit?

    • What is a Special Permit?

    • How long is a Special Permit valid?

    • How can I learn more about the Special Permit process?

    • How can I learn more about the Board of Zoning Appeals?

    • How can I learn more about the BZA?

  • Telecommunications

    • What are the County’s expectations for telecommunications applications?

    • What are the health effects of radio frequency emissions, and why doesn’t the County emphasize this during the review of a telecommunications application?

    • I would like a telecommunications facility installed on my property or in my area. How do I go about doing this?

    • When is it necessary to request a Special Exception for a proposed telecommunications facility?

  • Transportation

    • Who is responsible for maintaining roads in the County?

    • How do I obtain a Transportation Committee Citizen Request Form?

    • How do I have a School Bus Stop Ahead or other school related sign added to my road?

    • I want a sign (Watch for Children, Deer, or other advisory sign) installed on my street, what should I do?

    • How can I get the speed limit lowered on my street?

    • I live on a private street and would like it to be maintained by VDOT, what should I do?

    • How do I get the gravel VDOT road I live on paved?

  • Water Resources

    • How quickly does water move through aquifers?

    • If I’m on a private well and worried about water supply, how can I connect to the public water system?

    • Are Fauquier County’s groundwater aquifers vulnerable?

    • How abundant are Fauquier County’s groundwater resources?

    • Are vegetative buffers required for Fauquier County streams?

    • Are Fauquier County’s streams clean?

    • What is an “MS4 Permit”?

    • Where can I get more information on groundwater-related issues?

    • What are the common types of aquifers in Fauquier?

    • What Is Groundwater?