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

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

Planners reluctant to rule on lot sizes for short term rentals

Chair Gary Light acknowledged that he personally feels that “the acreage requirement is unnecessary. . . . The main issue is that they are a rough surrogate for a buffer and a protection. If you listen closely to the opposition to tourist homes, it’s not about the use, it’s about not knowing who is sleeping in the house next door.” […]

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

Public hearing scheduled on tourist home, B&B acreage requirements

The planners will consider whether in Agricultural and Conservation zones the minimum acreage requirement for tourist homes should be two and five acres, respectively, or ten acres in either zone. The commissioners will also consider whether contiguous property belonging to the same owner can be counted toward filling out a too-small lot size for a tourist home. […]