What is a Comprehensive Plan Amendment?
The Fauquier County Comprehensive Plan guides development within the County to promote, preserve and protect the health, safety and general welfare of its citizens. Fauquier County evaluates the Comprehensive Plan as needed to manage ongoing, dynamic changes within the County. Comprehensive Plan Amendments go through a two-step public hearing process. The first public hearing is before the Planning Commission, which makes an advisory recommendation to the Board of Supervisors. The second public hearing is held by the Board of Supervisors, which makes the decision on whether the amendment is approved or denied.
- Pre-Application Meeting: applicants must meet with County staff so that staff may ascertain the scope of the project, identify any potential conflicts and provide initial guidance.
- Submission deadlines are January 1st and July 1st
- Land Development Application with original signatures
- Fee Calculation Sheet
- Conflict of Interest Statement
- Comprehensive Plan Amendment Checklist signed by the surveyor or engineer
- 10 Copies of a Statement of Justification
- 10 Copies of Comprehensive Amendment Plat (folded)
- 10 reductions (11”x17”) of Comprehensive Plan Amendment Plat
- Flash drive containing individual PDFs of all submission materials (please do not include any financial information such as check copies or the fee calculation sheet).
- Posting Affidavit (detailed below)
- After an application has been accepted, it will be reviewed by various County and State agencies. Staff will send letters to adjoining property owners notifying them of the Planning Commission meeting. The applicant is required to post notice signs (prepared by staff) on the property at least 15 days prior to the Planning Commission hearing date, and then to provide an affidavit to staff showing that the posting was done at the required time.
- Please contact the case manager (540-422-8210) identified during the pre-application meeting to determine if additional copies are required.
How can I learn more about the Comprehensive Plan process?
Visit the Planning Division at 10 Hotel Street, Third Floor, Suite 305, Warrenton, VA 20186, call 540- 422-8210 or visit: www.fauquiercounty.gov/government/departments-a-g/community-development/planning/long-range-planning. The office is open between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
How is the Comprehensive Plan used?
The Plan is implemented in many ways. It is used as a source to evaluate and guide land development applications such as Rezonings, Special Exceptions and Special Permits. The plan is also used as the basis for modifying the Zoning Ordinance, Subdivision Ordinance and Design Standards Manual. The Plan helps determine the Capital Improvements Program (CIP) and provides the basis for developing programs such as the Purchase of Development Rights, grant applications such as the Marshall Main Street Transportation Enhancement Grant, Form Based Code and Cemetery Guidelines.
What is the Plan’s overall vision?
The Fauquier County Comprehensive Plan presents a long-range vision for the County. It sets forth a guide for development within the County to promote, preserve and protect the health, safety and general welfare of its citizens. The purpose of the Plan is not to regulate, but rather to guide land use, transportation, infrastructure and resources decisions. The Comprehensive Plan is a vital tool in understanding and influencing outcomes, by providing direction to protect resources and permit orderly development, ensuring a continued quality of life for the citizens and businesses of Fauquier County. The Comprehensive Plan focuses on the next 20 years by providing guidance for development decisions.
What is the Comprehensive Plan?
The Comprehensive Plan is the foundation for all decision making involving land use planning and growth management in Fauquier County. Development of the Comprehensive Plan gives citizens and County government the means and opportunity to establish goals and policies that influence land development applications, future ordinances, and programs and projects to attain the future vision of the County.