The Front Royal Town Council plans to take the next step toward creating its own building inspections department.

Members could take action at a special meeting Tuesday on a resolution to establish a new division within the government to oversee building codes and environmental regulations.

Front Royal leaders and officials have discussed, for the past few years, the need to create such an agency that would enforce the laws and regulations related to land use, building construction and property maintenance. The town has struggled with blighted and dilapidated structures and properties. Warren County currently handles these tasks for the town.

The town division would provide minimum standards of the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code. The division would review and issue building permits and conduct the required inspections for final approval before occupancy or use. 

The proposed resolution states that the division “maintains the safety and appearance of the Town's existing structures and properties through routine inspections and code compliance throughout the Town and responds to complaints about building, structures, and property code violations.”

The division’s responsibilities also include ensuring that the stormwater sewer system and related facilities meet environmental standards. The division would issue land-disturbing activity permits in accordance with the requirements of the Virginia Stormwater Management Act.

Also on Tuesday, the council plans to hold public hearings on:

• An ordinance to amend the town code pertaining to policies and procedures for special events on public streets and facilities such as the downtown pavilion area.

• An amendment to the current budget for the Happy Creek sanitary sewer replacement project. Members may take action on the amendment that would reflect spending of $489,382 in order to update the town’s sanitary sewers and part of the compliance needed for a consent order issued by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality. 

• A request from Chris Holloway Construction to vacate an unimproved, 0.15-acre section of Carter Street at Beeden Lane in the Steele subdivision. The wooded, undeveloped section runs north-south, at the east end of Scott Street.

Council members also plan to consider action on resolutions pertaining to town employees to establishing Good Friday as a holiday and to grant leave for volunteer work and funerals.

– Contact Alex Bridges at abridges@nvdaily.com