Hopewell to be considered for Scenic Byway designation
The Plains resident and Kinloch Farm owner Andrea Currier wants Hopewell Road, above, to be designated as a county and state Scenic Byway. Times Staff Photo/Randy Litzinger
Hopewell Road features rolling hills, beautiful countryside and well maintained, century-plus-old farms.
If one local resident has her way, Hopewell will officially be recognized for all of these traits.
Area resident and conservationist Andrea Currier successfully petitioned The Plains Town Council to pass a resolution Monday in support of making the four-plus mile stretch of road in northern Fauquier County a county and state Scenic Byway.
After receiving the thumbs up from the council, Currier plans on taking the proposal to Fauquier County's Transportation Committee to see if she can gain further traction with county leaders.
According to Fauquier County Preservation Planner Wendy Wheatcraft, a request like this has to go through the transportation committee before any potential resolution goes before the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors.
The board then needs to pass a supporting resolution for it to be heard on the state level.
From there, it's evaluated by the Virginia Department of Transportation and Conservation and Recreation before going before the Commonwealth Transportation Board.
The locality in question then can choose to have a public hearing regarding the designation before any decision is made by the CTB.
In her draft letter to the transportation committee, Currier states that Hopewell "is a contributing element to the rural history of Fauquier County and the Commonwealth of Virginia, offers spectacular, unspoiled views of nature, and provides access to several historical sites located along or near the road."
For the complete story, pick up a copy of yesterday's Fauquier Times.
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