The following email alert went out to our Fauquier County email list on December 9, 2013.
There's a lot going on
Happy 2013! We had a busy 2012, but the new year brings its own challenges, many of which you should be aware of as Fauquier County residents.
First I'd like to introduce myself. My name is Julie Bolthouse and I am The Piedmont Environmental Council’s new Fauquier County Land Use Officer. My role is to keep you informed and help you become engaged on local land use issues. Diana Norris, the former Fauquier Land Use Officer, is still around but has moved to a position as our legal advisor on land use policy for our nine county region.
What to expect in 2013
Fauquier is a unique place with a lot to offer residents and visitors but it takes thoughtful planning and community engagement to maintain this unique character. Below are some initiatives that Fauquier County planning staff have said they will be working on this year. I'll be tracking these and other issues and providing input from PEC:
You may have also heard about House Bill 1430 also known as “The Boneta Bill” and have some concerns. It was on the front page of the Fauquier Times Democrat today and also covered by Fauquier Now. The bill is an attempt to greenlight commercial activity in the rural areas without any county oversight and is an attack on rural zoning in general. Look for more information from us about this bill in Dan Holmes' upcoming legislative update email.
A bit about me
I have worked for PEC since 2010 as the Land Use Coordinator. I assisted with Fauquier issues, working closely with County officials and community organizations on a range of local issues -- from the County’s Comprehensive Plan to individual applications for development.
A lifelong resident of Virginia, I have lived throughout the region. I am a graduate of Clarke County High School and attended Virginia Tech for both my undergraduate and graduate degrees. I hold two masters degrees -- one in Urban Affairs and Planning and the other in Natural Resources.
I'm very excited to be working in Fauquier and look forward to meeting you in person. If you have any questions, email is a great way of contacting me. I'm also available by phone at our Warrenton office.
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