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Andrew Edwards
Andrew Edwards

A longtime member of the City of Williamsburg’s Architectural Review Board is moving on to the Planning Commission.

The Williamsburg City Council appointed Andrew Edwards to the Planning Commission at its meeting Thursday. The appointment is effective immediately.

Edwards was appointed to the seat formerly occupied by Dan Quarles.

Quarles, who is a partner at the law firm of Otey Smith & Quarles, resigned from the commission in February to focus more time on his law practice.

Edwards was selected from a pool of four new applications for the open position and three applications that were on file from previous vacancies. He has served on the ARB for more than 10 years, and said he wanted to move on to a new area of local government.

As an archaeologist with the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Edwards said his training and experience could be useful on the Planning Commission.

“Williamsburg is like a saltwater aquarium because it’s so small,” Edwards said. “Everything you do is exaggerated, so you have to be very careful.”

Edwards’ term runs through Dec. 31, 2018.

Planning Commission members are limited to serving two full four-year terms, and must be approved by the City Council.

Because Edwards was appointed to an unexpired term, he is eligible to serve two full terms on the Planning Commission after the current term is completed.

The Planning Commission is tasked with crafting and implementing the city’s comprehensive plan for development, enforces zoning ordinances and makes recommendations to the City Council on construction projects in Williamsburg.

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