The ambition of the Rush River Commons might be the “fix” for something that simply isn’t broken, but it could and likely would have the effect of forever changing the easy, quiet pace and the “down home” way of life here.
Last Tuesday, May 25, Rappahannock County Circuit Court Judge Jeanette Irby heard oral arguments in the criminal case against John Cappiali, an Amissville contractor who has been engaged in a series of disputes with local government officials for nearly five years.
The Rappahannock County Planning Commission approved a Harris Hollow resident’s proposal to start a sawmill business on Wednesday night and heard an application for a new brewery on Route 211 in Sperryville.
After 16 years of fits and starts, a 774-home mixed-use development in Jeffersonton called Clevenger’s Village is set to break ground this year. In January, Culpeper zoning administrators signed off on construction plans for the first phase of construction, which will add 115 single-family homes, and the developer indicated this month that construction at the site will begin soon.
The attitude in Washington’s Town Hall was spirited on Sunday afternoon even as town councilors and planning commissioners gave an hour of their weekends to discuss town business.
On Wednesday, May 26 the Rappahannock County Board of Zoning Appeals granted five tourist home permits to the owners of Castleton Farms and another to Dowling Real Estate, the limited liability company associated with the Blue Rock Inn. Vice Chair Ron Makela was absent from the meeting.
It is now squarely in the hands of Washington officials to determine whether or not to approve plans for Phase 1 of the Rush River Commons, a project that promises to become the first mixed-use development of its kind in Rappahannock County.
Washington’s wastewater battle eased into a truce Monday evening, with the Town Council agreeing unanimously to chop its proposed water and sewage rate increase to 11 percent from 25 percent, and to hold the reduced hike in abeyance until a year-end review confirms that higher rates are necessary.
Washington, Virginia — home to the celebrated Inn at Little Washington — is known for meals and memories so beautiful they can’t be forgotten. The difficulty involves the leftovers — wastewater, sludge and a 10-year-old town structure of pipes, tanks and grinders that has proved too expensive and too divisive to manage easily.
The Rappahannock County Planning Commission took up six applications for tourist home permits at its meeting last Wednesday. An application filed by Nick Dowling of Dowling Real Estate, LLC, appeared again on the agenda. Dowling, new owner of the Blue Rock Inn, desires to use an existing home, currently under construction, as a five-bedroom tourist home on the western part of the Blue Rock Inn’s property on Lee Highway.
The project formerly known as Black Kettle Commons has been reborn with a new name: Rush River Commons. And with the new name comes a new strategy for developing the nine-acre Washington parcel bounded by Warren Avenue, Leggett Lane and Route 211 which straddles the line between the county and the town of Washington.
On its proposal to raise rates for water and sewer service by 25 percent over the coming year to avoid going broke, the Washington Town Council held a public hearing at its monthly meeting Monday night.
A setback variance application was the lone item on the agenda for Wednesday night’s special session of the Rappahannock County Board of Zoning Appeals.
Come what may, the Washington Post Office will be open, fingers crossed, on June 1. Officials say the United States Postal Service is putting “a lot of pressure” on the builder to get the structure ready to open by that date.
In March, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam signed new legislation into law that will strengthen conservation easements and ensure that they prevail in perpetuity. The bipartisan bill was sponsored in the Virginia House of Delegates by Del. Michael Webert, R-18th, who represents Rappahannock County.
County supervisors are looking for a range of new details on the envisioned Black Kettle Commons project in advance of any formal vote to accommodate the mixed-use project by allowing the town of Washington to take in a slice of land now outside its borders
Manassas-based construction company Charles R Wood Builders Inc. will wait until April 14 to hear a determination on their application for a setback variance. After a lengthy debate at their regular meeting last week the members of the Rappahannock County Board of Zoning Appeals said they needed more information from the applicants before a conclusion could be reached.
The Rappahannock County Planning Commission at its March 18 meeting moved further toward amending the county’s sign ordinance. A bone of contention for some time, the outdated ordinance has tested county officials for years, the most recent incident being a political sign made of hay bales at Massies Corner before the November presidential election.
The Board of Zoning appeals made no determination last night on an application for a setback variance submitted by Charles R Wood Builders Inc. The Manassas-based company purchased a 0.93-acre L-shaped property off Zachary Taylor Highway (Route 522) “intending to construct a 2,400 square foot dwelling” on it, according to the application.
The Rappahannock-Rapidan Regional Commission (RRRC) recently finalized the results of a year-long housing study showing the current and projected need for residences and offering strategies and recommendations for each locality to consider.
Cliff Miller IV, owner and operator of the popular Headmaster’s Pub in Sperryville — as well as the Schoolhouse Nine Golf Course and Inn at Mount Vernon Farm — told the News this week that he is entering the race to become a member of the Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors. Miller will contend with first-term Supervisor Christine Smith in the Piedmont District.
Several of the council’s members, including Joe Whited and Treasurer Gail Swift, who worked together on the rate proposal, made it clear that the town faces exhausting its reserve funds by the end of the year if it doesn’t act soon on increasing revenues.
The members of the Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors, which met Monday in two public sessions, spent the better part of five hours listening. Its actions were sparse and not much related to the usual business of local governance — ordinance amendments, budgeting, planning and the like.
A handful of Rick Thomas’s neighbors on Old Browntown Lane appeared before the Rappahannock County Board of Zoning Appeals last Wednesday night to voice their opposition to his application for a setback variance on his 1.4-acre streamfront property. Thomas requested the variance in order to build a “modest one-story dwelling” 26 feet closer to the stream than the current conservation district zoning allows.
A 62-acre property deep in Harris Hollow west of Washington was recently entered into conservation easement, the only such parcel of Rappahannock County land to be preserved in 2020.
Few people have ever been more relieved to see a U.S. Postal Service mailbox than the residents of Washington. But while the blue receptacle installed in front of Wine Loves Chocolate on Main Street last Friday is a welcome sight, it is no replacement for the full-service post office that the t own (and the county) has eagerly awaited for months — and Rappahannock County officials are demanding more.
At its regular monthly meeting Monday night at town hall, the Washington Town Council unanimously approved a special-use permit for Patty O’s, the cafe that the Inn at Little Washington plans to open sometime this year in the old post office building on Main Street.
Consideration of an application to rezone a parcel of land in Sperryville consumed much of the Planning Commission’s regular meeting this month.
Fed up by the painful amount of time it is taking to build a new Town of Washington Post Office — and the tremendous impact the lengthy process is having on town and county residents alike — the Rappahannock County government says it has no choice but to take matters into its own hands.
In a letter Saturday to the Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors, Planning Commission Chair David Konick thanked the board, summarized his work with the county and reported on the planners’ efforts for November/December and the year 2020.
Part 2 of 3: Foothills Forum and the Rappahannock News look back on 2020 with a focus on COVID-19 as well as several key issues – schools, broadband and cellular, business, housing -- we have reported on throughout the year.
Foothills Forum and the Rappahannock News look back on 2020 with a focus on COVID-19 as well as several key issues – schools, broadband and cellular, business, housing -- we have reported on throughout the year.
His standing in the community and clear love for Rappahannock moved the planners and attendees, but not enough for the commission to send the application forward to the Board of Supervisors for consideration.
“There’s nothing worse than a sign ordinance than a bark-the-dog ordinance to get through,” observed County Attorney Art Goff during a lively and informative discussion in the Planning Commission’s Monday night work session to begin amending the county’s sign ordinance.
At its regular monthly meeting Monday night, the Washington Town Council appointed former council member Jean Goodine to a vacant seat on the council, and heard at length from town resident Chuck Akre about his hopes for development of the Black Kettle Commons on the northeastern edge of town.
At its last meeting of the year, the Rappahannock County Board of Zoning Appeals appointed Ron Makela as its representative to the Planning Commission. Makela will succeed David Konick, whose term on the Board of Zoning Appeals expired earlier this year.