County finds no zoning violation
Fredericksburg.com – A much-disputed Confederate flag that stands on private property does not violate Stafford County’s zoning ordinance and can continue to fly high above Interstate 95, county officials have determined.
The Virginia Flaggers, a group that raises roadside Confederate battle flags around the state, put up the Stafford flag in 2014. While officials fielded some initial complaints, protests by white nationalists carrying the flag in Charlottesville in August ignited the most recent—and most public—objections. For weeks, the flag dominated public comments during meetings of the Stafford County Board of Supervisors.
On Sept. 19, county attorney Charles Shumate stated Stafford could not legally force the flag’s removal. That same day, at least two people, including Garrisonville attorney Patricia Healy and Stafford resident Patricia Joshi, filed a zoning complaint contending the flag was actually a sign that violated the county’s zoning ordinance.
County staff investigated the claim and determined that there had been no zoning violation, Stafford Planning and Zoning Director Jeff Harvey told Joshi in a voicemail late last month. Joshi recently shared the message with The Free Lance–Star…