Long Range Planning is a collaborative process that is most successful when engaging the community as a whole. Fauquier County strives to involve as broad a spectrum of the community as possible so as to allow for the sharing of disparate viewpoints which are important to consider in the development of a robust plan. Not all views can be incorporated into the outcome, but all should be heard and considered.
The outcome of this process should be the definition of the goals and aspirations for the development of the community into the future. The primary outcome of this effort is the Comprehensive Plan which shapes public policy in terms of land use, transportation, public facilities and resource protection. This document is supported by additional research and plans concerning the environment, transportation, natural resources, heritage resources, demographics, as well as fiscal and economic impact analyses.
Citizen Committees & Outreach
These groups and events occur regularly and as directed by the Board of Supervisors. Service District advisory groups and committees meet to discuss updates to community plans and develop a draft for recommendation to the Planning Commission. These committees usually last a year or more until a draft is adopted. The County’s Transportation Committee also discusses road plans that can be used in updates to the Plan and VDOT’s 6-Year Plan. Other, special committees are formed to provide a level of detail to a particular topic, such as public facilities or bicycle and pedestrian planning. Advisory groups are an important part of the planning process and citizens are encouraged to participate.
Other Planning Efforts
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.