CONSENT AGENDA REQUEST

Sponsor:

 Board of Supervisors Meeting Date:

Harry F. Atherton, Chairman, Marshall District Supervisor

 

March 8, 2007

Staff Lead:

Department:

Frederick P.D. Carr, Director

 

Community Development

Topic:

 

A Resolution to the Virginia Board of Historic Resources and the National Park Service Supporting the Inclusion of Springs Valley on the Virginia Landmarks and National Registers

 

Topic Description:

On February 5, 2007, the Virginia Department of Historic Resources (VDHR) conducted a public hearing regarding the merits of including Springs Valley on the Virginia Landmarks Register and the National Register of Historic Places.  This hearing was conducted at the First Springs Baptist Church in the village of Turnbull. 

The Virginia Department of Historic Resources will present the Springs Valley National Register Rural Historic District nomination to the Commonwealth Board of Historic Resources on March 7, 2007. This resolution will convey Fauquier County’s support of this nomination.

 

Requested Action of the Board of Supervisors:

Consider adoption of the attached resolution.

 

Financial Impact Analysis:

None

 

Summary Staff Report:

The nomination of Springs Valley to the Virginia Landmarks Register and the National Register of Historic Places is citizen-initiated and funded.  A report by architectural historian Cheryl Hanback Shepherd documents the significance of each of the 572 contributing resources within approximately 7,500 acres of land in mid-western Fauquier County.  (The report is available for viewing in the Department of Community Development and online at: http://www.dhr.virginia.gov/homepage_features/board_activities.htm.)

The mandatory public hearing for the proposed Springs Valley National Register Rural Historic District was conducted on February 5, 2007 at the First Springs Baptist Church.  Dave Edwards from the Virginia Department of Historic Resources advertised the public hearings in local newspapers.  At the hearing, architectural historian Cheryl Hanback Shepherd presented a slide show summarizing the history of the Springs Valley.  Dave Edwards explained how National Register status provides neighborhoods with some protection against certain types of publicly-funded projects.  National Register districts also allow: (1) individual property owners with buildings that might not be separately eligible for listing to have their properties recognized as contributing structures within these districts; and (2) to apply for the State Historic Tax Credits for eligible repairs.

This National Register designation has no connection with additional regulatory oversight in Fauquier County.  Being listed on either the Virginia Landmarks or National Register of Historic Places only conveys an honor and recognition of a property’s historic significance; it does not place any constraints on the property owner.  Being listed on either register does not restrict or prevent an owner from altering, tearing down or otherwise disposing of the property.

 

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

Property Owners

 

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