Supervisors give final approval to BLA at Fairview Estates and other county news

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LURAY, Oct. 17 — Both the county and the Town of Luray have now signed off on a boundary line adjustment that will bring 14 lots in the Fairview Estates subdivision into the town limits. With a portion of the development already within the Town, Chris Ramsey (through his company Ramsey Inc.) petitioned both local government agencies to shift the boundary so he could take advantage of in-town rates on water and sewer service.

The supervisors followed the Luray Council’s lead last week and unanimously approved the BLA after initially delaying a vote in September while waiting on a final decision from the Town. The Luray Council unanimously adopted the agreement on Oct. 11 after holding a public hearing the previous month and appeasing some concerns over the maintenance of roads servicing the development. The Town Attorney drafted an amendment to the Pre-Annexation Agreement to clarify the use of Ellis Drive and to extend the agreement date to January 1, 2023.

The supervisors also held a public hearing in September that drew no opposition. Ramsey plans to develop all 14 residential lots as single-family dwellings, and not as duplexes as earlier reported.

The boundary line adjustment will bring another 5.61 acres into the Town.

In other business at its Oct. 17 meeting, the Page County Board of Supervisors took the following actions:

• Unanimously approved several budget amendments, including — carryover a balance of $3.9 million of remaining proceeds for a Webster Bank loan earmarked to complete the countywide emergency radio system upgrade that is nearing completion; appropriated $2.4 million in unspent ARPA ESSER III for Page County Public Schools toward updating HVAC systems and other capital projects in schools; appropriated $1.7 million in unspent ARPA funds for the regional broadband project, 24/7 EMS coverage in Stanley, the Drug Interdiction Team in the Sheriff’s Office, and other expenditures related to the pandemic; carryover of $3,365 to pay Page One for helping administrate the Food Hub and mask programs (unspent federal grant funds); appropriate $2,347 for vehicle repairs and maintenance in the Sheriff’s Office with funds raised through salvaging old vehicles.

• Unanimously approved repealing Chapter 125, Section 27: Floodplain Conservation of the Page County Zoning Ordinance and adopting Chapter 135: Floodplain Management. The new floodplain ordinance for the county was created by hired consultant The Berkley Group and reviewed by Kelly Butler, the county’s floodplain administrator. It meets the minimum requirements of the FEMA NFIP regulations, FEMA Region III, and the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code (USBC), and is a “stand alone” ordinance, apart from the zoning ordinance and the USBC. The ordinance has been through a preliminary review with the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) to ensure compliance with NFIP regulations. Once approved, DCR will conduct a review and send the ordinance with any comments to FEMA for review. FEMA will review
and make their final determination for approval. On Aug. 9, the Page County Planning Commission held a public hearing and recommended adoption.

• Unanimously approved a special use permit application submitted by HighSpeedLink and IBR Corporation to construct a 150-foot monopole with antennas and a four-foot tall lightning rod at a site off Kibler Hill Road that already houses a temporary telecommunications facility. The permit will make the facility permanent, and there were no objections from regulatory agencies. On Aug. 30, the Page County Planning Commission held a public hearing and recommended approval with conditions listed.

• Unanimously adopted a resolution to recognize Page as a “Operation Green Light for Veterans County” and declaring October through Veteran’s Day as “a time to salute and honor the service and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform transitioning from active service” to civilian life. The program helps with that transition, which many veterans struggle with.

• Appointed Beth Ancell to the District 1 seat on the Social Services Board for a four-year term running through June 30, 2026. Ancell was nominated by District 1 supervisor Keith Guzy, her brother-in-law, which Guzy acknowledged. A vacancy remains on the Board for the District 5 seat. The Board meets the third Tuesday of every month at the Social Services Department in Stanley.

• Appointed Alice Pence to a three-year term on the Massanutten Regional Library Board running through Sept. 30, 2025. Pence fills the seat vacated by Linda West, who did not wish to serve another term. The seat has been vacant since June 30.

• Recommended reappointment of Kevin Moyer to the Board of Zoning Appeals. Moyer’s current term expires on Nov. 8, and the reappointment would be for another five-year term through 2027. The recommendation will be sent to the circuit court judge for official appointment to the BZA.

• Appointed Christopher Adams to the District 2 seat on the Page County Planning Commission to fill the unexpired term of member Tom Mitchell.

For more information about Page County government, visit their website.

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