Fauquier Land Use Update – March 25, 2020

The COVID 19 pandemic and social distancing required may have turned our world upside down, but it has not completely stopped. Here at PEC, we are working remotely and continue to try and provide you with connection to your community during these trying times. This includes connecting you to the important decisions being made at the state and local level. 

With regard to Fauquier, you may have noticed that although planning commission meetings have been canceled, the Board of Supervisors is continuing to meet regarding the County budget. This is because the budget must be passed to ensure continuity of government (services are provided, employees are paid, etc.) during the crisis. 

The Virginia Freedom of Information Act (VFOIA) requires that public meetings be open to the public. Recently a flood of questions from localities led the Virginia Attorney General to opine that the Virginia Code does not allow localities to hold meetings solely by electronic communication. The only exception to that rule is to allow for them to make decisions that, “must be made immediately and where failure to do so could result in irrevocable public harm.”

As a result, we believe most land use decisions will be postponed for the time-being. It is also likely that County and Town committees such as the Transportation, Architecture Review Board (ARB), Parks and Recreation, Airport, etc. will all be cancelled. 

Below is information to help you follow and participate in local government decision-making remotely and a list of community resources that may be helpful during this time:

Fauquier County

Board of Supervisors Meetings

March 26, 4pm-6pm

Fiscal Year 2021-2022 Proposed Budget Work Session followed by the Adoption and Appropriation of the Fiscal Year 2021 Budget, Adoption of the Calendar Year 2020 Tax Rates, Adoption of the FY 2021-2025 CIP, and Approval of the Fiscal Year 2022 Plan

April 9, 11 am and 6:30pm

Worksession and Public Hearing Scheduled 

Planning Commission Meetings

March 19, 2020

Cancelled: Worksession and Public Hearing:

April 16, 2020

Worksession and Public Hearing is scheduled

  • To Review Meeting Agenda – http://agenda.fauquiercounty.gov/
  • To Live Stream Meeting – https://vimeo.com/event/25618
  • To View Archived Meetings – http://fauquier-va.granicus.com/ViewPublisher.php?view_id=1
  • To submit comments email Planning Commission Secretary – Meredith.meixner@fauquiercounty.gov

April 2, 2020 at 2pm

Cancelled: Board of Zoning Appeals Meeting 

  • To Review Meeting Agenda – See classified section of local newspaper
  • These meetings are not recorded

Town of Warrenton

April 9, 2020, 7pm

Town Council Worksession 

April 21, 2020, 7pm

Town Planning Commission Regular Meeting 

Other Resources:

Governor’s Executive Order of Temporary Restrictions and Closures of Restaurants, Recreational, Entertainment, Gatherings, and Non-Essential Retail Businesses –

Food Access –

Grab and Go Meal Program –
https://www.fcps1.org/site/default.aspx?PageType=3&DomainID=4&ModuleInstanceID=2027&ViewID=6446EE88-D30C-497E-9316-3F8874B3E108&RenderLoc=0&FlexDataID=16047&PageID=1Fauquier FISH –

PEC’s Buy Fresh Buy Local guide – (Local farmers may have meat, eggs, and produce local stores are out of. Make sure to check their websites / call ahead for potential delivery / pick up options!)

Recreation – 

There’s a lot closed…
https://www.fauquiercounty.gov/government/departments-h-z/parks-and-recreationBut several trails and natural parks remain open like the Riverside Preserve…

Broadband and Internet Access – 

XFinity (Xfinity WiFi Public Hotspots are now open to everyone) – http://wifi.xfinity.com/Fauquier Public Library Internet to Go Program (Curbside Pickup Only) – 

Health –


Mental Health –


Julie Bolthouse
Fauquier Field Representative
The Piedmont Environmental Council
540-347-2334 ext. 7042
Follow Julie on Twitter: @JulieBolthouse

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