Fluvanna Town to Consider Dropping its Incorporated Status
FLUVANNA COUNTY, Va (WVIR) -
Fluvanna County supervisors gave Town Council members from the town of Columbia approval Wednesday night to consider dropping their incorporated status.
The town, founded in 1788, now faces several economic challenges many feel are too difficult to overcome. Over the years, residents have taken jobs elsewhere in the state, leaving the current population at about 80. Many buildings in the town need repairs. The town sits on the James River, which can flood and has damaged property nearby over the years.
County administrator Steve Nichols says dropping the town status would let them transfer vital services, like building inspections, to the county.
"They'll be fully invested in the planning commission, board of zoning appeals will automatically cover that area, our building inspections and zoning and all those types of things that happen that are required by constitutional entities, will then transfer to our area,” Nichols said.
He says the town wouldn't lose its name, just its status. It will all come down to a vote this November.
"If they become a disincorporated area instad of the town of Columbia, that will require the Town Council in Columbia to take certain steps in preparation for a referendum on the November ballot. Then the voters of Columbia will decide if that makes sense or not," Nichols said.
Nichols also says the Town Council has worked over the years with the Fluvanna Historical Society to make sure nothing that can be preserved is lost.
Columbia is the smallest town in the state of Virginia, and aside from part of Scottsville, which sits partially in Albemarle, is the only one left in Fluvanna. But many say the move away from the incorporated status is inevitable.
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