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Fredericksburg mayor says planning commissioner should resign
Fredericksburg Mayor Mary Katherine Greenlaw said today that Planning Commissioner Ed Whelan III should step down.
She viewed his interest in local businesses and his actions on the commission as a conflict of interests.
“I don’t think it was intentional,” she added.
She added that “he has been a very valuable contributor to the Planning Commission and will act in the best interest of the city.”
Whelan said he had no comment when told of Greenlaw’s statement. He said that he has spoken to the mayor but had nothing to say at this point.
However, he submitted a form to the city’s Planning Department today disqualifying himself from participating in any Planning Commission discussions or votes on the proposed rezoning of the Mill District. He did not specify why or identify the group he represented that led to his disqualification.
As stated in an earlier report, City Attorney Kathleen Dooley contacted Whelan on Friday and advised him to step down after failing to disclose his link to negotiations for the purchase of the former Virginia Electric and Power Co.’s Embrey Power Station property.
Whelan is the registered agent for Dreamland, the limited liability company that two weeks ago purchased that property. Dreamland is made up of relatives of Whelan, he said on Friday. He said he is the manager.
Whelan is also the manager for the Inn at the Old Silk Mill on Princess Anne Street. He previously was a part owner of the Inn, he said. It is owned by another limited liability company owned by relatives.
Since December, Whelan has led an effort to get the Mill District in the Princess Anne Corridor rezoned in effort to spur development in that area of the city.
He had officially declared his involvement in the inn during the commission’s discussions about the proposed rezoning but hadn’t disclosed he was involved in negotiations for the power plant site, which falls within the area that could be impacted by any change in the zoning.