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Planning & Zoning

NOTICE: The BZA Meeting planned for February 12th, 2018 has been canceled due to the deferral of Variances 2018-007, 2018-008, 2018-009, 2018-010 and the dismissal of variances 2018-001, 2018-002, 2018-003, 2018-004, 2018-005, 2018-006, 2018-011. 

NOTICE: There will be a Planning Commission Work Session to discuss the Rockfish Valley Area Plan on February 28th from 5:30 pm until 6:45 pm. It will be held in the Old Board of Supervisors Meeting Room (420) in the County Courthouse. Please contact Emily Hjulstrom 434-263-7090 if you have any questions. 

Information on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline hearings can be found on the Board of Zoning Appeals page. 

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.

Existing Plans & Projects

Claudius Crozet Blue Ridge Tunnel
Region 2000 Water Supply Plan
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
Virginia Dept of Transportation: Land Developers


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Contact Us
Physical Address
80 Front Street
Lovingston, VA 22949
Mailing Address
P.O. Box 558
Lovingston, VA 22949
Sandy Shackelford | Director
Emily Hjulstrom | Secretary
fax: 434-263-7086