FRONT ROYAL – The county recently approved a strategic vision, based on feedback from elected officials and a citizen survey, that maps out future goals and how to achieve them.
The vision, approved at the Board of Supervisors regular Tuesday meeting, states that “Warren County will be a thriving community that retains its safe, scenic, friendly and inviting character with leadership that puts community first.”
Planning Director Taryn Logan said there are eight points through which the county hopes to achieve that goal. Those include:
• Preserving the county’s scenic landscape and natural resources.
• Have an about 2 to 3 percent annual growth rate in a way that supports the economy while not placing stress upon county services or natural resources.
• Maintain small-town character and a rural lifestyle while having shopping, recreation and entertainment.
• Provide good-paying jobs that allow residents to “live, work and raise families” locally.
• Support an “excellent school environment” that retains quality teachers and “graduates the next generation of leaders.”
• Provide a variety of housing choices.
• Deliver quality public safety resources while maintaining safe roads and infrastructure “within a framework of balanced taxes and sound fiscal management.”
• Make the county “a place of choice in Virginia where people choose to live, prosper, raise families, grow businesses and stay a lifetime.”
Logan said the plan is a good way for the Planning Department to begin its upcoming comprehensive plan, which is the county’s official guide for future development over the next two decades.
County Administrator Doug Stanley said the process was thorough and allowed officials to hone in on issues the community faces. He said that a community needs to know where it wants to get in order to get there, and that is the whole idea of the vision.
The supervisors also:
• Approved a $30,086 purchase of furniture for the registrars’ newly renovated office in the Warren County Health and Human Services Complex.
• Approved a $61,930 purchase of a Battlefield Ford pick-up truck for the Warren County Parks and Recreation Department.
• Authorized the advertisement of a public hearing to vacate and relocate a portion of an existing 50-foot-wide right-of-way known as Fontana Drive in the Poca Bella Farms subdivision.
• Went into closed session to discuss personnel on the Warren County Parks and Recreation Commission and the Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority.