In 2013, Warren County sought proposals from qualified firms to provide consulting services to review the Route 522 Corridor Agreement that was approved by the Town of Front Royal and Warren County in 1998 and the Commonwealth of Virginia Commission on Local Government in 1999. The review was to determine who the agreement has benefited and how it has impacted both the Town and County.
In particular, the review was intended to: analyze the impact (fiscal and operational) of the agreement on the Town and County since its adoption, the revenue generated by growth and development in the corridor and the cost of services dictated by the agreement, the current fiscal condition of each locality, and the current tax rates and ability to adequately fund operations for each locality. The goal of the review was to help the Board of Supervisors to fully understand how the agreement has impacted the two jurisdictions and to serve as a basis for making future decisions including adjustment of service areas, potential for revenue sharing and other means to ensure the economic vitality of the two jurisdictions.
The County selected Springsted, Inc. to perform the study. The study was presented to the Board of Supervisors at a work session on March 18th and also presented in summary at the Board’s regular meeting on March 18th. To see the summary presentation citizens can watch the video of that meeting or a PDF of the report is available here for viewing.
Thank you to the Town of Front Royal and the Warren County Commissioner of the Revenue Office, Planning Department and Finance Department for their assistance in gathering data for this report.
Douglas P. Stanley, AICP ICMA-CM
County of Warren