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

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.” […]

Land Use/Zoning

Application for Sperryville golf driving range clears first hurdle, but not without concerns

The Rappahannock County Planning Commission has given the nod to an application for a zoning ordinance amendment to allow golf driving ranges in agricultural and rural residential areas. The application was moved forward when four planners voted in favor of recommending the proposal to the Board of Supervisors. […]

Land Use/Zoning

BZA approves tourist home — or is it an Airbnb?

The application was approved as submitted, with conditions placed by the Planning Commission at its earlier February meeting limiting the number of guests and vehicles and requiring certain safety devices be installed in the property. Three BZA members voted in favor of the application. […]

Land Use/Zoning

Sperryville event site, Crest Hill training center applications again rejected by planners

The Planning Commission has voted on two special exception applications that have drawn outcry from county residents. In both cases, the planners voted — in split decisions — to deny recommending the applications for approval by the Board of Supervisors when it meets on May 7. […]

Land Use/Zoning

BZA to BOS: Fix zoning ordinance!

Each decision was preceded by vigorous discussion about deficiencies in the county’s zoning ordinance that some feel render the code out of date and ambiguous. This was especially true concerning two applications for tourist homes. […]