Committees, Commissions, and Boards

Board of Architectural Review

The Board of Architectural Review (BAR) is a five-member volunteer Board appointed by the Town Council who have expertise and knowledge of architecture, architectural history, Town history, Town planning or landscape architecture. This Board is responsible for helping to implement the Town’s historic preservation and community design goals by reviewing and approving new construction and alterations of existing structures on non-residential properties within the Town, including new buildings, building additions, repainting non-residential buildings and signs. The BAR also must approve the demolition or relocation of any historic structures within the Historic Corridor Overlay District, which includes all properties adjacent to Main, 21st, 23rd, 32nd Streets and Berlin Turnpike.

Board of Zoning Appeals

The Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) hears and decides on requests for variances from the Town’s zoning regulations and appeals of administrative determinations made by Town officials. The Board also decides on special exception permits. The Purcellville BZA is a five-member quasi-judicial board who meet on an as-needed basis as cases arise.

Budget Committee

The Budget Committee is comprised of the Council of the whole and is supported by the Budget/Procurement Specialist, Town Manager, Assistant Town Manager and Finance Director. This Committee will meet on an as needed basis between the months of December and June. This Committee will work on setting the real estate rate for the coming fiscal year and will also work on the new fiscal year budget for the Town.

Committee on the Environment

Economic Development Advisory Committee

The Economic Development Advisory Committee is appointed by the Town Council to provide advice on matters relating to the promotion of a sound economy for the Town. The Committee makes recommendations on new policies and programs to strengthen the Town’s commercial tax base by supporting the existing business community and encouraging new businesses to locate within the Town. The Committee supports its recommendations with research on the economic health of the Town and the business needs of the community. The Committee also provides assistance for Town events that enhance the economic vitality of Purcellville. This committee meets on the first Tuesday of every month at 7:00 PM. 

Parks and Recreation Advisory Board

The Parks and Recreation Advisory Board's primary duty is to serve as the coordinating and reviewing body of the Town for matters related to parks, sidewalks, trails and recreational facilities and activities in and adjacent to the Town limits. The Committee has been working on fulfilling the Bike and Pedestrian Mobility Plan which would connect sidewalks throughout the Town. This Committee meets on the third Tuesday of every month at 7:00 PM in the Heritage Room at the Town Hall.

Planning Commission

Every local government in Virginia is required to have a Planning Commission “in order to promote the orderly development of the locality and its environs” (Code of Virginia, Section 15.2-2210). The Purcellville Planning Commission is a seven-member body of Town residents that are appointed by the Town Council to advise the Council on matters relating to Town planning and development. The Commission also develops and recommends updates to the Town’s Comprehensive Plan, which outlines the Town’s vision for its future and strategies for attaining that future. The Commission also reviews and makes recommendations on updates to the Town’s zoning and development related regulations that help to implement the Comprehensive Plan.

Purcellville Arts Council

Tree and Beautification Commission

The mission of the Tree & Beautification Committee is to enhance the quality of life in Purcellville through environmental stewardship and education activities throughout the community. This committee was established in November 2004 to develop tree preservation and enhance ordinances, to advise the Town on policies, standards, and guidelines for a tree management program, and to advise and educate citizens about trees.