FRONT ROYAL – The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously approved a boundary adjustment along the Warren-Frederick county line that will allow residents who falsely believed they live in Warren County – the result of incorrect deed records – to actually live there.
The area in question is near Foster Hollow Road where 12 parcels of land were being assessed in the wrong county. Of those lots, 10 were assessed in Warren County while they were located in Frederick County and two were assessed in Frederick County while located in Warren County.
County Administrator Doug Stanley said the current boundary line — which is an about eight-mile stretch from Valley Pike to Winchester Road — has been in place since the county’s creation in 1836. He said errors by surveyors, however, went unnoticed until the Virginia Department of Elections’ 2018 discovery that citizens living in Frederick County were voting in Warren County.
The new boundary will zig-zag along Foster Hollow Road, resulting in the 10 lots assessed in Warren County to actually be located in Warren County. Of the two lots previously assessed in Frederick County, the new boundary line will result in one being located in Frederick and one in Warren. Stanley said the property owner of the one lot that will be assessed in a new county has no issue with the change.
According to a Winchester Star report, the Frederick County Board of Supervisors earlier this month also approved the boundary line adjustment by a 4-3 vote.
Joe Grizzle said that he has lived and raised children in Warren County and that he does not want to become a Frederick County resident.
“I’d just like to leave everything the way it is,” he said.
His wife, Pat Grizzle, agreed and said she would “just hate to see us taken out of the county that we’ve loved in and lived in.”
John Christian, the owner of the parcel of land that was assessed in Frederick County but located in Warren County, said that he wanted his home to be located in Frederick County when it was constructed in 1972 as both he and his wife grew up there. He said he hired a surveyor before building his house to ensure the structure was in Frederick County.
“Can you imagine the shock 48 years later when I get a letter saying that my voting district has been changed to Warren?” he asked.
Christian said the boundary adjustment, which would allow him to keep a Frederick County residence, “is the right thing to do.”
Supervisors Chairman Dan Murray said he supports the boundary adjustment as the county in which a citizen lives can be associated with an “emotional attachment.” He added that the boundary adjustment is a testament to the fact that two counties can work together to do do what is best for the citizens.
Supervisor Linda Glavis said that she is happy to hear citizens say they want to live in Warren County.
Since the boundary line adjustment received approval from both counties, Stanley said a petition will be filed in either of the county’s circuit courts for a court order approval.