The county zoning ordinance requires that all non-residential development or redevelopment have an
approved site plan filed with the Planning department. This
is done to protect property owners and citizens and to ensure basic standards for
health and safety. Site plan regulations apply to all commercial,
industrial, multi-family, churches, and institutional uses.
Before submitting a site plan for review, check
the zoning of the property to determine
if the proposed use is permitted. It may be helpful to review the reference table
for uses in the business or industrial districts and the
requirements for churches and community uses. Developers are encouraged to schedule a site plan
pre-application meeting prior to submission of a site plan application.
All site plans are reviewed
by the community development review team which consists of Planning, Public
Works, Public Utilities, Building Inspector's Office, Fire-EMS, Sheriff's Office, Health Department, and the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT). A licensed professional such as a civil
engineer, surveyor, or landscape architect is typically required to prepare site
plans, which may include architectural elevations and a site lighting plan.
If locating a business in
an existing structure, check with Planning to be sure that the business is suitable for the site. There may be parking, lighting, screening, or
land use issues that need to be addressed. Contact the Building
Inspector's Office to determine if any building permits will be required.
Reference Table for Uses in the Business and Industrial DistrictsSite Plan Pre-Application Meeting Form