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Stafford’s ARB might gain seats

Today, Stafford’s Architectural Review Board has just one member.

But the Board of Supervisors wants there to be seven.

Five people should sit on the committee, which oversees the historic resource overlay zoning district and makes decisions regarding any projects in that area.

But three people have resigned their posts, despite time remaining in some of their three-year terms. The remaining member is Tanya Gossett, an architectural historian.

The Board of Supervisors appointed members to its various boards and commissions at its organizational meeting earlier this month, but didn’t make any decisions about the ARB. In fact, they discussed it in closed session Jan. 7.

Six people applied to the four seats, some of whom board members didn’t know, said Chairman Jack Cavalier.

Among the items planned for the Feb. 4 board meeting is a request that the Planning Commission consider the number of members on the ARB.

“We had a surprising number of applicants and I think we wanted to accept as many people as we could,” Cavalier said. “We weren’t ready to fill those positions.”

The consent agenda item states that the board wants to increase the number of seats from five to seven. A quorum would require four people. Virginia code doesn’t say how many members there should be, but most of the state’s 78 local ARB’s have between five and seven, according to the county report.

Items on the consent agenda are typically passed with little discussion, though board members may pull an item off, if they wish.

The Planning Commission will have 30 days to review the idea and make a recommendation to the Board of Supervisors, which has final say.

Current county code dictates one member be on the Planning Commission; one should live in a historic district; one is considered a member-at-large, and one is an architectural historian.

Applicants were: Charles Dodgen, Jeromy Range, Caroline DeMunnick, Doris McAdams, Robin Scheungrab and Paul Eakin.

Katie Thisdell: 540/735-1975