Board of Supervisors Meeting Date: 

 Raymond E. Graham, Chairman,  Cedar Run District Supervisor

 January 13, 2005

Staff Lead:


Paul S. McCulla

County Administrator


A Presentation by the Permitting Review Committee Regarding Improving  the Process for Approving Commercial and Industrial Development Permit Applications

Topic Description:

The Board appointed a Committee to recommend ways to improve the permitting process for commercial and industrial permit applications.  The Committee found that the County's permit approval and Technical Review Committee processes are not working effectively and the Zoning Ordinance is unduly restrictive on uses allowed by-right in commercial and industrial zones.  Permitting takes too long and creates unnecessary conflicts between applicants and reviewers that cost the County new tax base and more local jobs.  Radical improvements are needed.  The Committee proposes recommendations that, if implemented, could make the County's permitting processes more effective, efficient, and user-friendly for commercial and industrial applicants.   The final report contains a very large amount of data in a large number of individual files and, therefore, is unavailable electronically.  Bound copies of the report have been made available for review in the Board of Supervisors' Office.


The Department of Community Development has included a series of recommended refinements to the Technical Review Committee process for Board of Supervisorsí consideration.  That information is attached for reference.

Requested Action of the Board of Supervisors: 

Conduct a work session to consider the Committee's report and recommendations for action in the time frames proposed.  

Financial Impacts Analysis:

The Committee recommends that a Process Evaluation Consultant be hired to specifically implement improvements to the Technical Review Committee (TRC) concept and permitting processes, to establish time frames for each process step, and to insure that staff is organized in the best way to make the permitting and TRC processes function as needed.   The Committee also recommends that the County hire ESI to serve as Chairman of a proposed committee to develop a Design Standards Manual for adoption. 

Identify any other Departments, Organizations or Individuals that would be affected by this request:

 Department of Community Development

Department of Economic Development

County Attorney

Virginia Department of Transportation, Warrenton Residency

Fauquier County Water and Sanitation Authority

John Marshall Soil and Water Conservation District

All County permitting review departments and divisions