June 12, part 1 of 4, County's proposed Rural Lands Changes

Scroll down for all 4 parts, which include Q&A. 

June 12, part 2 of 4, county's proposed rural lands changes

Scroll down for all 4 parts, which include Q&A






To view VERSION B, pdf of County's Rural Lands Plan Draft, May 9, 2019 edition, click here and scroll down for "Draft Chapter 8 (Version B) Rural Lands"


Scroll down to find contact information; let our Supervisors know your opinion on these 3 options!

July 11 ~ Board of Supervisors Meeting to decide RUral lands


Send your feedback to all Fauquier County Supervisors

 We heard from  Mr. Andrew Hopewell, Assistant Chief of Planning in Fauquier County's Community Development.    Andrew explained that these changes are a "total re-write" to that section of our Comprehensive Plan.  Once adopted, this "Rural Lands" plan becomes the new basis by which our Board of Supervisors  determines local ordinances and regulations governing  how we live on and use our land.   

Twenty years ago was the last time the County made significant changes to this section.   Do these apply to you?  If you own property in Fauquier, you  are either within the "Service Districts" which are currently planned for higher-density urban growth, the "Villages," or you are in "Rural Lands."   See all the Video of meeting, below, with Q&A time beg







Wish to give feedback to the MBRA as well?  Email mbraeditor@gmail.com

38 page pdf of Fauquier County's Rural Lands Plan Draft dated December 2018

"1972 trip to England influenced planning here" ~courtesy of FauquierNow.com, Nov. 30, 2012

" . . . we will have to swallow hard and then square up to one huge change in philosopy - that the rights of all the people, and generations to come, are more important than each man's right to do whatever he pleases with his own property . . . "     A quote taken from FauquierNow.com article dated November 30, 2012; Click here for full article~


SCROLL DOWN TO SEE March & June VIDEOS OF COUNTY'S PRESENTATIONS. OVER 50% of Fauquier's residents live in "Rural Lands." We learned that anything outside the "Service Districts" or the"Villages" is classified as "Rural Lands"

Community Development explains that, while this is a total re-write, the four key concepts are the same as they were the last time this chapter of the Comp Plan was changed:

·  Enhancing the farm economy

·  Protecting the rural character along with the environmental, cultural and visual resources

·  Maintaining strict controls over new development in rural areas

·  Support appropriate tourism while minimizing adverse impacts

(agritourism, ecotourism & heritage tourism)

June 12 part 3 of 4; county's proposed Rural lands changes

Scroll down for part 4, which includes Q&A.

june 12 part 4 of 4; County's proposed rural lands changes

Important Q&A time; scroll down for March 12 Rural Lands Draft

March 12, 2019 Community Meeting; "Rural Lands Draft plan"

County introduces "Rural Lands Draft Plan" to Marshall District; by Andrew Hopewell, Chief Assistant Planner.   Please click here to see April Marshall Minute for a portion of his talk; more of the Q&A begins here at the 20 minute mark.

Our 3rd annual "Love Marshall" Community Meeting, 2.12.19

What an enjoyable evening!  Part 1 featuring Dr. David Jeck, Fauquier County School Superintendent.   Click here for our March Marshall Minute, page 2, for more from our speakers!

Part 2 featuring Lynne Richman Bell, Executive Director, Boys & Girls Clubs of Fauquier

Please see both part 1 & Part 2, below, for January 8th

Part 1 of 2; January 8, 2019 

Continued: January 2019 MBRA Community Meeting, Part 2 of 2

Part 2 of 2, January  8, 2019

See November 13, 2018 Meeting Transcript & Video, below

Nov13,2018 Transcript of Complaint Session at end of Community Meeting (pdf)


Video below, detailed answers to be posted soon

Since the MBRA Board has become more inclusive, tolerating a diversity of opinion on the Marshall Main Street Project, we have received much pressure and heat from some who support the project, even when our November Community Meeting was not about the project.  We ask for tolerance and respect for our opinions~


MBRA's October Community Meeting on Main Street Project

Main Street Project Topic of Community Meeting at Ruritans, 10.9.18

We had a great meeting with dinner and conversation at the Marshall Ruritan building Tuesday night!  We greatly appreciate having key people associated with the project present to answer questions that the MBRA Board had provided the County in advance.  

Since our Board has been carefully studying the details of the project as they became available to us the past few months, we collected many questions that we had regarding the project.  The MBRA Board has diverse opinions on this subject from those for, those against, or anywhere in between, and the questions were representative of them.  Many were questions we had also heard from the community.

Especially with a project that will have the largest impact on Marshall that we have seen in a long time, it is important that people have the opportunity to get answers regarding this project that will be paid for, in part, by the Lighting Tax District (Special Tax District, MELBID).

Over 70 people attended to hear approximately 25 questions answered directly from those who had the answers.  

Great thanks go out to our Marshall District Supervisor Mary Leigh McDaniel, former Marshall District Supervisor and Project Manager Peter Schwartz, Current Project Manager and Director of Office and Management and Budget Erin Kozanecki, and former Project Manager Paul Lawrence.  It was very informative to have all of them assembled and participating in this community forum on such an important topic of discussion around Marshall.

We applaud the above four individuals for answering some tough questions in a clear and time-efficient way so that the audience could gain information directly.  Such an open and transparent event helps the community come together by addressing community concerns and involving them in the process.  This was a great step forward together in government-community relations and we look forward to continued good communications in the future!

For More Info On Main Street Project

As we get more information, we are posting it on our website (see "Main Street" tab above) or go to MyMarshallMainStreet.com.  For a chance to post and see pros and cons, as well as alternative ideas to the planned project, see the non-MBRA website:  ShapingMarshallTogether.com.

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Visit the additional, non-MBRA site above, to share your ideas and comments on the project!

About Us

Our Mission Statement ~

The Marshall Business & Residents Association is a civic organization whose purpose is to protect and enhance the quality of community and professional life in Marshall VA.

Help us grow wisely and well. Join us!

By joining the MBRA you can help continue the tradition of community pride that has made Marshall VA a great place to live and work for more than 200 years!  

Our Community Meetings are open to the public and held at 7:30 pm on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at the Marshall Community Center, 4133A Rectortown Road, Marshall, Va.   At our meetings you get to hear from local businesses and elected officials.  You'll also meet others in your community and keep up with what's happening around town.

Enjoy Marshall!

 We love our community and we think you will, too! Surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains and lots of farmland, Marshall VA has a great selection of restaurants, antique shops, and many other businesses to enjoy in a peaceful, relaxed setting in beautiful Fauquier County. 

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Contact Us

Our Community Meetings are held monthly (no meetings in August or December) and are open to the public.  Come meet your fellow neighbors and businesses and find out what's happening around Marshall!

We meet at 7:30 pm the second Tuesday of the month at:

The Marshall Community Center

4133A Rectortown Road

Marshall, VA  20115

Marshall Business & Residents Association

Marshall VA, United States

Mary Wilkerson, President (540) 364-3400

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