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Front Royal considers blighted building ordinance

29 January 2020 Front Royal/Warren County News

The Front Royal Town Council is considering an ordinance that would allow the town to repair blighted buildings if property owners choose not to do so.

During the council’s Monday work session, Town Planning Director Jeremy Camp presented an ordinance that would allow localities to repair blighted buildings threatening the public’s health, safety or welfare. This policy mirrors those already in place in Loudoun County and Leesburg.

According to the proposed ordinance, the policy would allow the town manager to inspect a structure the town has received complaints about. If the town manager decides that the structure is blighted, a written notice would be sent to the property owner. If the property owner chooses to fix the structure themselves, the matter would be resolved.

If the property owner does not provide a plan within 30 days to resolve the issue, the proposed ordinance states that the council will have a public hearing to determine if the structure is a public nuisance and whether the town should repair the building.

The ordinance will be up for approval at an upcoming Front Royal Town Council meeting.

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