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Planning & Zoning

To prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus, and to guard the safety and health of our staff and community members, we have closed our office to the public.  Please contact our office by phone or email. 

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.

Planning and Zoning Schedule

2021 Meeting Calendar

Please check the County Calendar for the most up-to-date meeting schedule.

Quick Links

Contact List
Comprehensive Plan
Zoning Ordinance
Subdivision Ordinance
GIS – Geographic Information System
Code of Virginia

Other Resources

Jefferson Area Board for Aging
Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission
Thomas Jefferson Soil and Water Conservation District
Virginia Flood Risk Information System
Department of Conservation and Recreation
Department of Environmental Quality
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
Dylan Bishop | Director
Emily Hjulstrom | Planner
fax: 434-263-7086