Land Use/Zoning

Part-time county employee files lawsuit against county for allowing alleged junkyard

In addition to the violations, the complaint reads, “the unlawful collection of junk, refuse, construction materials, and inoperable equipment and vehicles and other garbage at or on the Subject Property is visible from the Petitioner’s [Atkins] property, constitutes a common law nuisance, and denigrates and depreciates the value of Petitioner’s property.” […]

Land Use/Zoning

The bike trail: Dead or alive?

The vote on the trail, conceived as the first leg of a 6-mile multi-use path between Washington and Sperryville, capped nearly three hours of heated public comment from more than 50 county residents. The vote required RappTrails to deliver an irrevocable letter of credit or some other guarantee that taxpayer money will not be used to build the trail. […]

Land Use/Zoning

Washington Post Office has new construction option within town limits

A private developer of U.S. Postal Service buildings has submitted an offer to buy a piece of property owned by the Town of Washington at the southwest corner of Warren Avenue and Leggett Lane with the aim of constructing a new post office. “It’s a serious enough offer that we’re taking it seriously,” said Washington Mayor John Fox Sullivan, who took the Town Council into closed-door session Monday evening to discuss the proposal. […]

Land Use/Zoning

Sperryville mural war paints complicated picture before BZA

The BZA this past week expanded its investigation with these questions: Is the BZA a tribunal? What is a legal conclusion and what is a fact? In the absence of clear filing instructions, with whom should a notice of appeal be filed? When is a notice of appeal a pleading? And should the company’s owner, Robert Archer, go to jail. […]

Land Use/Zoning

Bird flips on Courthouse Row

About 3-hours and 30-minutes into the most recent Rappahannock County Planning Commission meeting, an extraordinary thing happened: Hampton planner Al Henry interrupted the discussion to accuse an attendee of giving him the middle finger salute. […]

Land Use/Zoning

Citizens react to proposed Sperryville communications tower, Amissville security training site

A third of the nearly four-hour meeting was taken up by the public hearing into an application for a permit to construct a communications tower on Woodward Road in Sperryville. Community Wireless Structures (CWS) based in Arlington applied for a Personal Wireless Services Facility Use Permit for the self-supporting lattice tower. […]

Land Use/Zoning

BOS approves tower lease for public safety paging system

In a letter, CWS declined the request, saying it chose that specific location to “maximize elevation, avoid sloping terrain and facilitate access to the tower compound.” The company, which already has a ground lease for the spot, also noted that it has spent “significant” time and money to determine the site’s viability. […]

Land Use/Zoning

Confusing Airbnb permit process marks zoning meeting

The next day the Greenwells withdrew their application. In a letter to Zoning Administrator Michelle Somers, they said, “It was made clear to us last night that there are personal feelings involved in [our application] from some of the members…” […]

Land Use/Zoning

‘Welcome to Sperryville’ creator petitions BOS for additional murals in county

Such welcome murals in Rappahannock will foster the already strong arts community while highlighting our rural character and historical charm to delighted visitors. They would quickly become identifiable landmarks and physical manifestations that our county is indeed welcoming. […]

Land Use/Zoning

Appalachian dulcimers museum, music venue proposed for Estes Mill in Sperryville

Blyth returned in April with a 50-page tabbed document, yet he was still turned down. The third time, however, apparently was the charm. At the June meeting, Blyth said that he had taken the previous comments to heart and had found an alternate location, this time on an 84-acre parcel on Shurgen Lane in Amissville. […]

Land Use/Zoning

Size matters . . . when it comes to signs

Nearly 100 people packed into the Courthouse for the May 23 BZA meeting, presumably in support of Sperryville businessman Robert Archer’s application for a variance for a large “sign” he painted on the exterior wall of his business. However, because the public hearing was continued to the June, it was unknown how many members of the public were present in support of the “sign.” […]