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Planning & Zoning

The Planning & Zoning Department administers the comprehensive land use plan, zoning and subdivision ordinances, provides geographical information and mapping services and maintains official street names and addresses in the unincorporated areas of the County.

The Nelson County Department of Planning & Zoning strategically works to:

  • protect and strengthen the County’s special sense of place and extremely high quality of life;
  • facilitate the growth of a strong local economy;
  • protect and enhance property values;
  • meet the Code of Virginia requirements to, “improve the public health, safety, convenience, [and] welfare of its citizens,” (15.2-2200) and to, “facilitate the creation of a convenient, attractive, and harmonious community…” (15.2-2283).

Within the guidance of the Board of Supervisors, the Department collaborates with all other County Departments and works with a wide variety of local and regional stakeholders. These working relationships are all oriented towards helping the Nelson County community successfully pursue a more prosperous and more sustainable future.

Community engagement is openly welcomed; public input and participation increase the department’s capacity to serve the community well. The Planning & Zoning Department is here to offer assistance, respond to your needs, and serve the public interest of the Nelson County community.

Important Documents & Resources

Policy Statement: New Zoning Inspections Procedures
Geographic Information System (GIS)
Nelson County Code
Request Form for Zoning Inspections
Application Board of Zoning Appeals
Application for Rezoning, Special Use Permit, Site Plan and Subdivision
Application for Special Events Permit
Application for Zoning Permit: Small Wind Energy System Tower
Minor Site Plan Checklist
Major Site Plan Checklist
Nelson County Comprehensive Pan
Nelson County Subdivision Ordinance Amended 03-12-2013
Nelson Co Zoning Ord Eff 060107 Amend 03-11-2014
Current Nelson Co. Zoning Ord. Eff 060107 Amend 07-08-2014

Existing Plans & Projects

Thematic Maps of Nelson County
Claudius Crozet Blue Ridge Tunnel
Nelson County Green Infrastructure Project
Region 2000 Water Supply Plan
UnJam 2035 Rural Update
Virginia Blue Ridge Railway Trail

External Resources & Links

Code of Virginia
Jefferson Area Board for Aging
Thomas Jefferson Partnership for Economic Development
Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission
Thomas Jefferson Soil and Water Conservation District
Virginia Dept of Conservation and Recreation: Stormwater Management
Virginia Dept of Health: Thomas Jefferson Health District
Virginia Dept of Transportation: Lynchburg District

 


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Contact Us

Physical Address
80 Front Street
Lovingston, VA 22949
Mailing Address
P.O. Box 558
Lovingston, VA 22949
Contact
Stormy Hopkins | Secretary
434-263-7090
Tim Padalino | Director
434-263-7091
Grant Massie | Planning & Zoning Specialist
434-263-7098
fax: 434-263-7086