Warrenton Town Council makes history
Tuesday, Jul. 8
By Ray Finefrock
The Warrenton Town Council made history at its regular July meeting Tuesday night with the election of new Councilwoman Sunny Reynolds as vice mayor. Reynolds, who served previously on the council in the 1990's and was re-elected in May, takes the place of former Vice Mayor David Norden, who was not re-elected.
The council also acted on several items related to the Warrenton Crossing development and decided to wait until its August meeting to appoint a replacement for Ward 1 Councilman Powell Duggan, the new mayor.
“Speaking from my knowledge of Warrenton history, I believe this is the first time a woman has been in leadership on the Warrenton Town Council in over 200 years,” said Councilman Yak Lubowsky, who is also president of the Fauquier Historical Society.
The council has 45 days from July 1 to fill Duggan's seat and voted to ask interested residents to submit letters of interest and resume's for the council to consider. An advertisement will be placed in Fauquier Times detailing the process.
As for Warrenton Crossing, formerly Mosby's Crossing, the biggest bone of contention was the width of feeder streets in the 135-residence development. After a discussion lasting nearly a half hour the council was persuaded by the comments of new Councilman Sean Polster, a firefighter, and reports from the Warrenton Fire Department and Fauquier School Division, to require that all interior streets be 29-feet wide with parking allowed only on one side. That is the standard of the Virginia Department of Transportation.
“I have had to drive fire engines down town streets and sometimes it's very tight,” Polster told the council. “If there's a house fire … I'll take all the width I can get.”
The council also approved eight cul-de-sacs in the new development and a Special Use Permit to allow cluster developments with 30 percent open space, maintained by the HOA.
The approved cluster provisions would allow for housing lots smaller than the 15,000 square-foot minimum area. In this case, the lots would be 7,500 square feet, said Town Planner Sarah Sitterle.
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