Governor Appoints Purcellville Mayor to Virginia Land Conservation Foundation

Purcellville Mayor Robert W. Lazaro, Jr., has been appointed to the Virginia Land Conservation Foundation by Governor Bob McDonnell. Mayor Lazaro’s appointment is for a four year term beginning July 1, 2012 and ending June 30, 2016. The Virginia Land Conservation Foundation is located in the Department of Conservation and Recreation and was formed in 1999 by the General Assembly and Governor to help fund protection of the Commonwealth’s working farms, forests, natural areas, parks, rivers, battlefields and other historical sites that are critical to our economy, culture and quality of life. The Foundation is made up of 19 members and has representation from each of Virginia’s 11 Congressional Districts. Since the funds’ inception in 1999, the General Assembly has
allocated more than 42 million dollars to the Virginia Land Conservation Fund which in turn leverages conservation dollars from Federal, local and private sources.

“I’m honored to be appointed by Governor McDonnell to the Board of the Foundation,” said Purcellville Mayor Bob Lazaro. “The Town has protected more than 1,500 acres through easements and I am delighted to be able to continue this work on behalf of the Commonwealth”.

The Town of Purcellville is the only local government in Loudoun to protect its own property with Conservation Easements including the largest easement in the County and the protection of Fireman’s Field.

Mayor Lazaro has previously served as Chairman of the Environmental Quality Committee of the Virginia Municipal League and currently serves as Chairman of the Leagues’ Go Green Initiative. Recently, the Town won a National Award from the Business Civic Leadership Center of the US Chamber of Commerce and the Siemens’ Corporation for sustainability. The Town has won several other environmental awards and is a Tree City USA community for six consecutive years and the recipient of the Governor’s Gold Medal for Environmental Excellence.


  1. Mimi Stein says:

    On paper, it looks really good — but has anyone taken a look at what the mayor has done to the eastern edge of the town or his leadership in the destruction of the town’s last remaining farm by running a road through the middle of it. There’s a lot more to this story.

    • Exactly. This guy shouldn’t be appointed to some committee. He should be in prison!

      • Another View says:

        He should be in prison because . . . a) he followed the law for making public improvements; b) one of the two landowners is all for the project and sale of property; c) someone, somewhere might make a profit and you are opposed to that; or d) all of the above?

        • For e) stealing a persons land against their will, to support not public interest, but private enterprise expansion and growth. Yes, 1/2 of the land owner greedily went against his family, but the other 1/2 did not want to sell and should be entitled to keep it as a farm that has been in the family for generations. Any “real” conservative would agree with me.

          • Another View says:

            “‘Real’ conservatives” recognize the proper use of eminent domain, for example, building roads, which is being done in this case, and which Purcellville badly needs.

            And upon what basis do you call the willing seller “greedy”? Does he not have a choice to sell what is his, and profit thereby? By your reasoning, why is it not “greedy” to want to hang on to something, instead of selling it?

          • this is my last response on this matter. these are my opinions, you’re arguing for the sake of arguing as you always do on this site is not going to change them. I will read no further response from you.
            The seller should have worked out a deal to sell to his family. The right thing to do. Not side against them for additional $$.

            over and out

          • Another View says:

            That isn’t an option. When the government seeks to take by eminent domain, the property owner is going to lose. The willing seller is trying to make the best of it, and the unwilling seller has got his head in the sand.

            As the only remaining question is compensation, the willing seller is being realistic. There is no option “to sell to his family”. That is not a matter of “opinion”, that is fact.

          • I thought you were all for the government being out of everyone’s business? Curious stance you’re taking here.

  2. Eric Thomson says:

    I couldn’t think of a more bizzare, misguided appointment. Its obvious to me that the Governor has not looked at what the Mayor and the town council have done to the east end of what they bill as small town USA. Now it looks like strip mall city or a generic version of leesburg with Purcellville getting close on number of banks pet capita .

    Lets face it, the man is only Mayor because no one chose to run against it.

  3. Sage of the mountain says:

    Hummm. “formed in 1999 by the general assembly and Governer to help fund protection of the Conmonwealths working farms, ” Sorry Mr Brown. Guess you didnt qualify as a working farm.. Guess we now have a fox helping guard the chickens.

    • enlightened Pville citizen says:

      More like a snake guarding the hen house. Bob LaZero is [redacted]. He will go down in history as the worst mayor the town ever had, as he slithers away when the town is bankrupt and looks like Tysons Corner. Follow, they are the only press that tells the whole truth of what is really happening in Purcellville. Shame on the Governor, he is going to get a lot of people complaining about this bad appointment.

      • Another example of Gov. Bob not reading or knowing what he supports. Transvaginal anyone?

  4. Roscoe Evans says:

    I’m sort of surprised that Governor Bob is still showing up for work, now that the VP nomination seems resolved.

    I’m glad he still can sign his name to a press release written by some other guy. I wonder who it is who makes these high-powered decisions for him, though?

    His best decision to date is setting up that college basketball doubleheader. I think they should call it The BobBall Classic.

  5. Behold Berryvilles possible future…………………

  6. Realistic Joe says:

    “Since the funds’ inception in 1999, the General Assembly has allocated more than 42 million dollars to the Virginia Land Conservation Fund which in turn leverages conservation dollars from Federal, local and private sources.”

    More like dollars from Federal and State Funds that the working backbone of America pays into blindly assuming our elected representatives will make the right decisions. Not.

    Stop the spending. Balance the budget. Why is that so hard. Why keep adding frivolous expenditures to a broke system. Sigh!