Planning Commission

Planning commissioners are charged with developing land-use plans and providing recommendations on their implementation to the Board of Supervisors.

They have a great deal of responsibility, as recommendations they make that are implemented by county supervisors can have long-lasting implications on how land is used, economic development opportunities, and the general quality of life in a community.

In Virginia, no prior experience or training in planning is required to be a planning commissioner.

The Greene County Planning Commission meets the 3rd Wednesday of each month, unless otherwise announced, at 7:30 p.m. in the county administration building at 40 Celt Road in Stanardsville.

Chairman Jay Willer grew up in an agricultural community along Lake Erie in Ohio. He has been a property owner in Greene County since 1997 and a permanent member of the community since 2005. Appointed to the Greene County Planning Commission in January 2012, he describes himself as “tentatively retired.” Prior to his retirement he directed the Blue Ridge Home Builders Association, which represents builders and related businesses in Greene, as well as in the City of Charlottesville and the counties of Albemarle, Fluvanna, Madison and Nelson.

Willer holds a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in community development. His background is varied. He has been a high school English and chemistry teacher, and a basketball coach. He was worked for a multi-county law enforcement program, run a supplemental social services program, and worked as legislative staff in both the United States Senate and the United States House of Representatives, focusing on energy, environment and agricultural issues. He has also done business development and federal lobbying for the research arm of the natural gas industry.

His appointment to the Greene County Planning Commission is Willer’s first official service to the county. He has, however, attended meetings of both Greene’s Board of Supervisors and its Planning Commission, and has addressed each many times, both as a representative of the Blue Ridge Home Builders Association and as a resident. He was also an active participant in community meetings that called for input into the county’s most recent comprehensive plan update.

Willer’s term will expire on December 31, 2017.

Vice-chairman Victor Schaff (Ruckersville) has not responded to a request for information.

Commissioner Frank Morris of Stanardsville has not responded to a request for information.

Commissioner Eva Young lives in Ruckersville with her husband Bob and her son Robbie. She says she is a former psychiatric nurse and legislative researcher. Her term expires December 31, 2015.

Commissioner John McClosky (Stanardsville) has not responded to a request for information.