CONSENT AGENDA REQUEST

Sponsor:

 Board of Supervisors Meeting Date:

Peter B. Schwartz, Marshall District Supervisor

 

June 12, 2008

Staff Lead:

Department:

Frederick P.D. Carr, Director

 

Community Development

Topic:

 

A Resolution Supporting the Inclusion of Cromwell’s Run Rural Historic District on the Virginia Landmarks and National Registers

 

Topic Description:

On May 7, 2008, the Virginia Department of Historic Resources (VDHR) conducted a public hearing regarding the merits of including Cromwell’s Run on the Virginia Landmarks Register and the National Register of Historic Places.  Property owners within the proposed district and those immediately surrounding the district were notified by mail about the public hearing held at the Marshall Community Center.  There was no property owner opposition expressed at the hearing.   

The Virginia Department of Historic Resources will present the Cromwell’s Run National Register Rural Historic District nominations to the Commonwealth Board of Historic Resources on June 19, 2008.  This resolution will convey Fauquier County’s support for this nomination.

 

Requested Action of the Board of Supervisors:

Consider adoption of the attached resolution

 

Financial Impact Analysis:

None

 

Summary Staff Report:

 

Fauquier County features a rich array of historic resources, many of which are eligible to be listed on the Virginia and National Registers.  The historic area must have relatively intact buildings within relatively intact historic settings to qualify for listing.  The historic resources must also be significant in local, State, or national history.  Fauquier County contains a substantial number of National Register- eligible villages, towns, and rural areas because most property owners are good stewards of their homes and properties, and because the County’s Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Ordinances foster protection of the rural agricultural landscape.  

The Board of Supervisors and private community organizations are both steadily moving forward on a countywide effort to document Fauquier County’s historic resources for placement on the Virginia and National Registers.  In 2002, the Board of Supervisors embarked on a multi-year project to document 21 of its historically significant towns and villages for placement on these registers.

The Board’s successful documentation and designation program has resulted in the placement of 14 towns and villages on both registers. These nominations have been met with widespread resident support. Four communities are currently being documented with county funding and assistance from a Virginia Cost-Share grant.  (Staff will continue to seek State, Federal, and private funding assistance for the remaining Board supported nominations.)

Goose Creek Association initiated and funded the Cromwell’s Run National Register Rural Historic District nomination. If approved, it will be the third rural historic district established in the county. There are at least three other rural historic districts being considered, and abundant opportunities for nominations in other parts of the county that have not yet been extensively documented.

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 regulatory constraints on the property owner.  Property owners of contributing properties may apply for State and Federal tax credits for eligible rehabilitation work.

 

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

Property Owners

 

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