Guiding Fauquier’s future
Identifying more cultural resources like the Warrenton Cemetery is part of Fauquier County's goal of updating its comprehensive plan this winter. Photo by Adam Goings
Those interested in putting their stamp on the county's future are invited to attend one of three meetings this month.
The informational sessions, which will held Thursday and next Monday and Tuesday will start the update process for the Natural and Cultural Resources Chapter of the county's comprehensive plan.
It's a process that will likely take until next summer and, ideally, will be rife with public input, said County Planning Commissioner Adrienne Garreau.
County planner David Elk, who will be handling the natural resources aspect of the update, hopes to have several smaller, more intimate meetings during the fall to flesh out what the people want to see going forward.
"Doing this is in isolation, you just don't get the quality and nuanced result that only comes from community input.”
Long-time Agricultural and Forestal District Advisory Committee member Kitty Smith hopes the county includes references to the Fauquier's rural historic districts. Identified in the last decade, they include places like Leeds Manor, Cromwell's Run and Crooked Run, said Smith.
The 14,000-plus acre Cromwell's Run in northern Fauquier is on the Virginia Landmarks Register and includes the nationally registered villages of Atoka and Rectortown.
"The [rural] districts were done voluntarily by people interested in the history of the county and to make note of areas where there is a lot of historic structures and history," Smith said. "Those have been significant contributions."
Everything from changes to stormwater management language to inventorying grave sites will be part of this comprehensive plan update.
The county's efforts this fall mark the first time Fauquier has updated this chapter for at least 10 years, said Garreau, who has served on the Planning Commission since 2008.
Thursday's meeting will be from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Warren Green Building in downtown Warrenton. Monday's meeting will be from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Marshall Community Center.
Tuesday's will be at Liberty High School in Bealeton at the same time.
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