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Ferry Farm to have citizen on planning committee, ARB oversight removed
With little discussion Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors removed the historic resource overlay district from Ferry Farm.
Debate in August had centered on the role of the local Architectural Review Board, and if eliminating its say in the National Historic Landmark would remove all local input. The overlay district mandates that the ARB vote on any changes approved to the property along the Rappahannock River.
Stafford managed to maintain a small role at Ferry Farm–a resident will sit on the George Washington Foundation’s planning committee. Former supervisor Harry Crisp was recommended for the seat.
“The FFPC membership includes architects, landscape architects, architectural historians, engineers, exhibit designers, historic preservationists, Trustees, Regents, and staff of GWF. Therefore, the ideal candidate for this nomination should have an appreciation for historic preservation, and a strong interest in Ferry Farm’s history and for Stafford tourism,” states a letter from the George Washington Foundation’s president, Bill Garner.
The National Park Service holds an easement on the property.
Read a previous article from August here.