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was preceded by vigorous discussion about deficiencies in the county’s zoning ordinance that some feel render the code out of date and ambiguous.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. […]

Land Use/Zoning

Gid Brown couple wins BZA appeal for rental home

In a four to one vote, the Rappahannock County Board of Zoning Appeals overturned a November 2017 ruling and affirmed a January 2016 ruling allowing Heidi and Desmond Dodd to consider their house on Gid Brown Hollow Road a rental property rather than a tourist home. […]

Land Use/Zoning

BZA ‘bickering’ draws public’s ire

When, more than two hours into last Wednesday’s arguably tiresome Rappahannock County Board of Zoning Appeals meeting, Rappahannock resident Page Glennie scolded two board members to “stop bickering,” other members of the public in attendance burst into applause. […]