Current Planning manages the review processes for the Fauquier County Planning Commission (PC) and Board of Supervisors (BOS) for privately initiated Comprehensive Plan Amendments, Rezoning, and Special Exception applications. They also manage the review process of Special Permits for the Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA). These processes involve working directly with land owners, applicants, other County Departments, outside review agencies, as well as the general public. The applications are evaluated against the Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Ordinance to ensure the that the proposals are consistent with the County’s adopted vision for a the land and all applicable regulations.
We are committed to letting you know as early in your project as possible what will be required and the steps necessary to get there. Staff is available to provide assistance to the general public, builders, developers and attorneys concerning any applications. The County’s development review processes strive to balance quality development and the needs of the growing community.
If there is a County public hearing sign on land near me, how do I find out what’s going on?Property owners/applicants are required to post public hearing notices on properties which are the subject of an application for certain actions that need Planning Commission, Board of Supervisors, or Board of Zoning Appeals review. To find out why the sign has been posted, call the Planning Division at (540) 422-8210.
How are Planning applications reviewed?
Staff reviews each application for completeness, case information is sent to a variety of review agencies, including Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), the Health Department, and the Department of Emergency Services. Cases are assigned to individual planners. Based on the submitted application materials and comments from review agencies, the case planner prepares a staff report and formulates a recommendation with conditions to the Planning Commission. The Planning Commission holds a work session and a public hearing prior to forwarding a recommendation to the Board of Supervisors. The Board also holds a work session and public hearing before taking action on an application. The public is encouraged to attend and participate in these hearings.
How can I find out what is going on with a particular case?
Call (540) 422-8210 to find out the name of the planner that is processing the case. You may also wish to find out the case number and the name of the applicant. You should make staff aware of any concerns that you may have. The Planning Department staff is available to talk to residents about the status of pending cases.
Are there opportunities for involvement in the Planning process?
The Department leads community planning efforts related to the Comprehensive Plan, working with citizens and businesses to define the community vision overall and in individual Service Districts. The Department also works to develop the appropriate policies and ordinances aimed at achieving that vision. In addition, the Department also offers various workshops throughout the year. Follow the News or Events links on the Community Development Homepage for more opportunities for involvement.
What if I want to comment on a legislative application?
There are a couple of ways to comment on applications. Public comment is received at all public hearings. If unable to attend a public hearing, comments can be submitted in writing or via e-mail to the Department of Community Development. All comments will be forwarded to the appropriate staff, Committee and/or Board for which they are relevant.
When do Boards and Committees meet? Can I attend?
Most of the Committees and Boards that are staffed by the Department of Community Development meet once a month. All meetings are open to the public. In addition to a public meeting, several Committees and Boards conduct public hearings on specific applications. During public hearings, comments are received from the public. Some of these Committees and Boards have work sessions prior to the public hearing. Work sessions are also open to the public; however, public comment is not received.
Specific meeting locations, agendas, and times for meetings and work sessions are posted online and/or in the newspaper. Visit individual Committee or Board webpages for more details www.fauquiercounty.gov/government/boards-committees and select a Committee or Board).
Board of Supervisors
2nd Thursday each month at 6:30 p.m.
3rd Thursday each month at 6:30 p.m.
Board of Zoning Appeals
1st Thursday each month at 2:00 p.m.
Meets as needed at 5:00 p.m.
Architectural Review Board
1st Wednesday each month at 4:00 p.m.
Agricultural and Forestal Advisory Committee
Typically 1 time per year in March at 4:30 p.m.
What is the preferred process for viewing a pending Planning application?
The preferred process for viewing an existing project file is to contact the Planning Division at (540) 422-8210 and provide at least one of the following: 1) Project Name; 2) Parcel Identification Number (PIN); or 3) File Number.
I understand that the County buys development rights. How do I find out more about this program?
Fauquier County’s Purchase of Development Rights (PDR) program is administered by the County’s Department of Agriculture Development. To learn about the voluntary land preservation program, visit www.fauquiercounty.gov/ government/departments-a-g/agricultural-development or call (540) 422-8280.
Does the County enforce any of the covenants or deed restrictions that may be applicable to my subdivision?
Many subdivisions in the County are subject to covenants and deed restrictions, which regulate the use of property beyond the limitations contained in the County's ordinances. Deeds and covenants are private agreements between property owners and are not enforced by the County. Therefore, before you add a shed or fence to your property or initiate any other significant changes, you should check with your homeowners' association or deed to determine if any restrictions apply.
Is it possible to obtain a copy of a plat of my property from the county?
A copy of a plat may be obtained at the Records Room on the First Floor at 29 Ashby Street, Warrenton. If a copy of your plat is not on file with the County, search your residential loan closing documents or contact the lending institution from which your mortgage was obtained or you will have to hire a private land surveyor to have a new plat prepared.
Where can I find property information?
For property information visit Real Estate Online at http://reo.fauquiercounty.gov. You may search for a parcel using owner name, address, Parcel Identification Number (PIN) or subdivision name.
What can I do with land?
Every property in Fauquier County is governed by regulations. Every property also has a Comprehensive Plan land use designation and Zoning District classification. Call (540-422-8210) or visit the Planning Division on the Third Floor of the Warren Green Building at 10 Hotel Street, Warrenton, to discuss any questions you may have with a staff member regarding the property's characteristics and applicable regulations.