The Botetourt Board of Supervisors agreed unanimously to a boundary change adjustment that, when finalized by the circuit court, will increase the current population of the Town of Fincastle by over 60 percent and increase its geographic size nearly six times.

The board’s vote followed a public hearing during its January meeting last week that drew no opposition, and while the percentages seem large, the actual numbers are modest since Botetourt’s county seat is one of the smallest incorporated towns in Virginia.

The town will grow from 191 acres, according to Mayor Mary Bess Smith, to 1,318 acres and the population from 351 residents to 570.

Fincastle Town Council already agreed to the boundary adjustment and the next step, according to Town Attorney Kathy Wright, will be to have a new plat drawn.

Town Manager David Tickner said the new plat will be based on survey points. That…

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