WHEREAS, the Town of Warrenton’s and Fauquier County’s Comprehensive Plans promote the planning of arterial transportation facilities that are coordinated with land development and zoning to afford opportunities for through traffic flow and the access to local land for the provision of local services; and

WHEREAS, the Town of Warrenton and Fauquier County have experienced significant growth in traffic volume on U.S. 15/29 and the interconnected routes that funnel regional travel into this Corridor for access and circulation to Northern Virginia; and

WHEREAS, as part of this growth, the communities have been subjected to the congestion and traffic circulation problems that have made it difficult for residents to use the Corridor and for business to adequately serve customers; and

WHEREAS, U.S. 15/29 is the confluence of regional Routes 15, 17 and 211 gathering travelers from south and west into the Corridor and providing critical access from the rural Virginia countryside into Northern Virginia and the national highway network via Interstates 66 and 95 to the east coast; and

WHEREAS, the Multi-Modal Planning Grant will provide for long-range planning and generate innovative alternatives for the future of the Corridor, which cannot sustain safe circulation in its current configuration; and

WHEREAS, the Rappahannock–Rapidan Regional Commission assists both jurisdictions in meeting regional land use and transportation goals; and

WHEREAS, the Rappahannock–Rapidan Regional Commission seeks to pursue the application for a “Rural Parkway”, among other options, to assess different solutions to the transportation problems in the U.S. 15/29 Corridor and would provide up to $200,000 in funds for:

(1)               a more disciplined and creative approach to separating the existing joint use of the Corridor for through travel and local land use access;

(2)               the provision of professional consulting services to identify the feasibility of the Rural Parkway Concept and review other innovative options for the future of the Route 29 Corridor;

(3)               assessing the Concept to include the capability of local circulation within the existing Corridor and incorporating facilities for transit and parking in the spirit of the multi-modal intent of the grant; and

(4)               Offer a forum for the involvement of the communities along the Route 29 Corridor to insure that the solutions proposed will best meet local objectives and have the opportunity for the political support necessary for a successful resolution to the conflicts of regional through travel versus local development access.

WHEREAS, the grant application requires in-kind contributions in the form of staff assistance and mutual cooperation from the jurisdictions along the Route 29 Corridor approximating 10% of the cost of the grant application request; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED by the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors this 12th day of April 2007, That the Board of Supervisors hereby supports the planning grant application for the Rural Parkway Concept and endorses its submission by the Rappahannock-Rapidan Regional Commission for funding; and, be it

RESOLVED FURTHER, That the Board of Supervisors hereby commits the requisite in-kind services for its proportionate share of the local costs of the grant administration and looks forward to working with Peter Schwartz of the Commonwealth Transportation Board, the Town of Warrenton, other communities along the Corridor and the Rappahannock–Rapidan Regional Commission should the grant be awarded.

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