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Warrentonians Object to Provisions of Comp Plan

Tall Buildings, More Cars, Higher Taxes:

New Comp Plan Has

Big Changes for Warrenton

Comprehensive Plan Threatens Warrenton's Water Resources

CFFC Raises Questions About Warrenton Comp Plan

We urge everyone in Fauquier County, especially Warrenton residents, to pay close attention to the Warrenton Planning Commission as it evaluates the 437-page Draft Comprehensive Plan. To put it simply, if the plan is adopted Warrenton may become something very different from the small town we know and love.

A board-level task force from Citizens for Fauquier County, Fauquier’s oldest conservation nonprofit, has found that implementing the plan over 20 years opens the door to:

  • 50% increase in the town’s population 

  • 2,102 new residential units 

  • 310,000 square feet of commercial space

  • 360 additional hotel rooms 

The plan makes it easy for developers due to streamlining by-right approval of mixed use developments. And Warrenton becomes more attractive to developers because buildings as tall as six stories will be allowed in some locations, along with higher density in select districts.


Greater population produces greater traffic, not to mention motorists from surrounding growth areas who converge on Warrenton. To address traffic congestion, the plan envisions building the Timber Fence Parkway and a new Southern Bypass. Also on the table is connecting neighborhood streets to enable through-traffic. 

The Warrenton Planning Commission has scheduled a public hearing for July 21. For more information, go here

Impact of this plan goes beyond the town limits. What happens in Warrenton affects all of Fauquier County.

The CFFC Warrenton Task Force continues to study the planning document to assess the costs, traffic, design standards and infrastructure requirements, especially water and sewer. For the latest on the comp plan, return to and visit our Facebook page.

What the Plan Means for You

If the Planning Commission rubber stamps the comp plan, and Town Council goes along, brace yourself for:

  • 2,102 new residential units

  • 310,000 square feet of new commercial  space

  • 480 business class hotel rooms (120 of which are redeveloped)

  • Runaway construction of by-right of mixed use buildings

  • 5-6 story buildings

  • The Timber Fence Parkway

  • A Southern Bypass

  • Neighborhood streets converted to through-streets

  • Additional sewer plant capacity

  • Search for water to meet daily peak demand

  • Conversion of the majority of our last two large greenfield parcels of industrial land into housing

Among the many unanswered questions are cost projections for the Timber Fence Parkway and a Southern Bypass, sewer system upgrades, water supply to meet peak daily needs, and an unknown list of "amenities." A fiscal model intended to assess the impacts of a larger population on town law enforcement and emergency services are riddled with too many soft numbers to make results reliable. Also unknown is whether Warrenton taxes will increase to make up for shortfalls if the plan fails to meet expectations.The CFFC Warrenton Task Force is studying the nearly 500-page plan, sending comments to the Planning Commission, and posting findings to


Please post your comments to the Planning Commission site, and ask your neighbors to do the same.

Traffic "Mitigation" in the Warrenton’s New Comp Plan

To alleviate the traffic that will result from the major commercial and residential development/redevelopment in the “Character Districts” (particularly in the “Experience Broadview” and “New Town Warrenton” districts) the Comp Plan includes unsatisfactory solutions:

  • Timber Fence Parkway on the north side of Town & Southern Parkway on the south side of Town

  • Connect existing neighborhood streets and roads to allow through-traffic

 A Western Bypass - the Timber Fence and Southern Parkways:

Comp Plan identifies this Western Bypass presumably as a necessary answer to the unprecedented and unassessed levels of traffic generated by a 50% population growth.

PEC Questions Warrenton Comp Plan

July 15th, 2020 Warrenton Planning Commission 

Warrenton Town Hall 
18 Court Street  
Warrenton, VA 20186 

Re:  Draft Warrenton 2040 

Plan Dear Chairman Helander and Members of the Warrenton Planning Commission, 

Piedmont Environmental Council is a non-profit land conservation and land use advocacy group headquartered in the Warrenton community. Our mission is to promote and protect the northern Piedmont’s rural economy, natural resources, history and beauty. We have been following the Warrenton Comprehensive planning process closely and have expressed concerns to staff along the way about “by-right” zoning, ambiguous mixes of uses, and rezoning of most of the industrial and commercial areas to mixed use with residential. Now that we have reviewed the draft plan in its entirety, our questions remain unanswered and our concerns have grown.   

Hidden Costs Burden Warrenton Comprehensive Plan

What will it cost Warrenton taxpayers, present and future, for:

  • Sewer plant expansion to 3.0 MGD

  • Reactivation and operation of Well #4

  • Acquisition of new water sources or Reservoir Expansion to meet peak daily water demand

  • The Timber Fence Parkway

  • A Southern Bypass

  • Growing the Town’s Economic Development Department 

  • Stopping additional Inflow and Infiltration into our sewer system

  • A Tax Increment Financing (TIF) feasibility study

  • Loss of proffers

  • Intersection "improvements" and traffic mitigation

  • Increased road maintenance for 50 percent more traffic

If the plan is adopted, Fauquier taxpayers will be burdened with supporting expanded services: 

  • School seats

  • County park and recreation facilities

  • Library services

  • Cost sharing for state road network

  • Court services

  • and how much else?

Shedding Light on Development By Right

540-347-7610        P.O. Box 3486, Warrenton, VA 20188

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