New Market’s newest Planning Commission member said he is excited to dive into the nitty-gritty work it takes to help the town grow.
Town Council members appointed Charlie Fultz to fill an open seat on the Planning Commission left behind by Danny Rice. Fultz will serve a four-year term on the commission.
“I’ve wanted to get involved with the local government since I moved back to the area about 15 years ago,” Fultz said on Thursday. “I want to be a part of the continued growth of the town of New Market.”
Fultz crisscrossed the state for 13 years as a golf course superintendent before coming home, he said. He grew up in Mount Jackson where his mother Judy Fultz served as the town clerk and town treasurer for 44 years, he said. Public service and local government are in his blood.
With a seat of his own, Fultz said he wants to help steer New Market toward sustainable, citizen-oriented growth that benefits the town as a whole.
“Having grown up here, there’s always been an underlying uncertainty about growth and it getting out of control,” Fultz said. “People are always afraid this area could become the next Manassas, the next Culpeper...People are afraid of that kind of explosion.”
To put minds at ease, Fultz said he wants to see things like affordable housing for first-time home buyers be something the Planning Commission focuses on.
Fultz praised the addition of small businesses like the one the Town Council approved a conditional use permit for on Tuesday evening. Affordable day care in town, Fultz said, is something he would have loved his children to have had when they were younger. Instead, he was forced to take them out of town for day care.
Working hand-in-hand with the Town Council, Fultz said he believes local leaders have a clear vision for the town.
“I’m really looking forward to getting into the workings of it and digging deep into the ordinances and everything the town has,” he said. “I’m looking forward to helping the town achieve the goal I believe the Town Council has for the town.”