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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

Geographic Information System (GIS)
Request Form for Zoning Inspections
Board of Zoning Appeals Application
Application for Home Occupation
 Zoning Violation Request Form
Application for Zoning Permit
Tower Permit Application Guidelines and Checklist
Application for Zoning Permit: Small Wind Energy System Tower
Minor Site Plan Checklist
Major Site Plan Checklist
Nelson County Comprehensive Plan-Adopted 2002-Updated 2014
Current Nelson Co. Zoning Ord. Eff 060107 Amend 01-10-2017
Current Nelson County Subdivision Ordinance Eff 060107 Amended 05-12-2015
Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) Single Family Residence Common Plan of Development or Sale July 28, 2014
Agreement In Lieu Stormwater Management Plan July 28, 2014

Existing Plans & Projects

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
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