Land Use/Zoning

Cappiali, Skyland Vineyard Inn applications tabled

A preliminary review of Skyland Vineyard Inn’s special use permit application to add B&B rooms was struck from the Planning Commission agenda at its regular monthly meeting last week. Chairing the meeting in Gary Light’s absence was Vice Chair Christine Smith, who moved to strike the item from the agenda because the application was not received in time. […]

Land Use/Zoning

Affordable housing in Rappahannock — the PEC weighs in

“To be honest with you, I don’t know how you balance people’s vacation homes [in Rappahannock] against [local] people’s need for a place to live. That’s a hard one,” he says. “If you’re going to convert the housing on farms [into vacation homes] you better replace it for the people who work here. That’s why it’s important.” […]

Land Use/Zoning

BZA narrowly approves retroactive permit for farm building made residence “To turn a blind eye… encourages more of the same”

The issue of what constitutes a family apartment on the same property as a primary residence is a thorny topic that the county’s boards frequently wrestle with. At its April 24 meeting, the Board of Zoning Appeals heard from an applicant that not only wanted to convert her current residence into a family apartment, but also wanted a retroactive permit change on another structure on her property. […]

Land Use/Zoning

Planning Commission digging deeper into Comprehensive Plan

The chairman stressed that in the future the county’s comprehensive plan should be “updated as needed . . . it’s an ongoing process . . . a working document,” rather than revisiting it every however many years — as unfortunately has been the case with previous Rappahannock County planners. […]

Land Use/Zoning

Whither Washington in 15 years? On the eve of another public forum, the mayor has a couple takeaways so far

Fred Catlin has been doing a lot of listening. And the newish mayor of the Town of Washington isn’t done hearing from his constituents and others in the county about how the “First Washington of Them All” should evolve in the years to come. The second of two public forums will be this Sunday, March 31, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Washington Town Hall. Twenty-three people attended the first session on a Saturday afternoon two weeks ago. […]

Land Use/Zoning

Major setback for 2019 revision of county’s comprehensive plan

‘Much has changed in Rappahannock County in 38 years, but it is not reflected in the Draft Plan’: The Rappahannock County Board of Zoning Appeals has given an overwhelming thumbs down to the county’s proposed 2019 Comprehensive Plan, which when it comes to its state-mandated revision is already years behind schedule. […]

Land Use/Zoning

Valentine’s Day delivery from the Rappahannock County government

“I seem to be getting one thing in writing and then I get something else. One thing in person and then I get something else. It seems like it’s a moving target.”

So reacted Amissville business owner John Cappiali after being served with four misdemeanour summonses based on complaints filed by Rappahannock Zoning Administrator Michelle Somers surrounding his two contracting companies. […]

Land Use/Zoning

USPS reverses course, considers leaving post office in county seat

Jeffrey Becker, USPS Northern Virginia District Manager, told Town Clerk Laura Dodd by telephone late Tuesday that two potential building locations were once again under consideration and a final decision would be formally announced within the next several weeks. It’s assumed Becker was referring to the vacant lot on Leggett Lane being pushed by town officials and the lot on Bank Road south of Washington near Union Bank & Trust. […]

Land Use/Zoning

Petition drive underway to challenge post office move

What better place than out in front of the Washington Post Office to launch a petition drive to register “opposition to moving the post office out of the town’s limits, the flawed decision-making process, or concerns about the proposed location,” Mayor Fred Catlin has announced. […]

Land Use/Zoning

BZA hears Ben Venue residents’ complaints over Williams Tree Service expansion

At the end of the three-hour hearing, the majority of the BZA members expressed sympathy with the road’s neighbors. Many said they felt the residents had made a case for reviewing, amending, or perhaps revoking the tree service permit. But in light of the BZA’s limited authority and the restricted scope of Somers’ ruling, they voted unanimously that there was not sufficient evidence to overturn the permit. […]

Land Use/Zoning

It’s official: After 215 years in county seat, Washington Post Office moving to highway

Now it’s official that a new post office will be built off Highway 211 on what is “Lot 5 of the Rappahannock Commons Professional Center,” two miles from Washington and four miles from Sperryville. The property is owned by longtime Harris Hollow resident Jimmy DeBergh, a sixth-generation Rappahannock resident. […]