The Planning & Community Development Department encompasses the planning/zoning and engineering services.
Planning & Zoning serves the public by providing current and long range planning services; updating the Comprehensive Plan; processing a variety of applications such as rezonings, variances, site plan reviews, zoning permits, conditional use permits, appeals, residential and leased parking permits, findings of architectural compatibility, subdivision/plat approvals, water and sewer tap assessments, nuisance and property complaints. In addition, the department advises citizens and interested parties on matters concerning land development, zoning controls and relevant ordinances and laws.
Engineering staff reviews site plans, erosion and sediment requirements, floodplain management and VDOT standards; establishes and administers bonding for drainage, erosion and sediment control, public road construction, and stormwater management; surveying and mapping of streets and utilities; and documentation and drafting for acquisition of easements and rights-of-way. Engineering is also tasked with the responsibility for operation and building maintenance for all Town owned buildings.
The Planning & Community Development Department also provides staff support to the Planning Commission, Parking Authority, Architectural Review Board, Parks and Recreation Commission, Joint Board of Zoning Appeals, Public Transportation Adivsory Committee, Veterans Recognition Committee, and other committees as assigned. For more information on any one of these or another authority, board, or commission, click on this link.