Community Development


The Community Development Department is responsible for the following core programs:
  • Administration and enforcement of the County’s Zoning, Subdivision, and Erosion and Sediment Control Ordinances
  • Approval of plats and commercial site plans
  • Issuance of zoning approval on building permits and business licenses
  • Manages the County’s structure addressing system
  • Oversight of the County’s planning process via implementation and administration of the Comprehensive Plan
  • Represents the County on regional planning organizations
  • Research and provide technical advisement on land use matters for the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors
  • Serves as a clearinghouse for public information pertaining to land use and development in the County
County of Powhatan, Virginia, 1777

Zoning and Subdivision Ordinances 


Community Development News:

Changes to Residential-Commercial
(R-C) Zoning District

Since late 2018, the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors have been considering changes to the Residential-Commercial (R-C) zoning district, which permits commercial (and limited residential) development and is located primarily along the U.S. Route 60 corridor between U.S. Route 522 and the Chesterfield County line. 

To allow additional stakeholder input regarding the proposed changes, the Board of Supervisors created the R-C Zoning Workgroup, which will meet in January and February 2019.

The next workgroup meeting will be:

Powhatan County Public Library
Large Conference Room
Thursday, January 31, 2019
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
agenda will be posted once available


Related Documents:

Staff Report:Board of Supervisors Public Hearing

(Nov. 26, 2018)

Memo to Board of Supervisors:
Elimination of the Residential-Commercial (R-C) Zoning District

(Dec. 7, 2018)

Memo from Mr. Carson Tucker:
R-C Zoning Workgroup

(Dec. 13, 2018)

Comprehensive Plan

Powhatan County's current comprehensive plan was adopted in 2010. In late 2016, the Planning Commission began reviewing the 2010 Long-Range Comprehensive Plan and updating its content. Throughout 2018, the Board of Supervisors, with guidance from the Comprehensive Plan Workgroup, continued to update the plan.

In addition to reviewing the draft 2018/2019 Comprehensive Plan Update online, stakeholders will be able to learn more about the draft document at open houses planned in January 2019:

Powhatan County Public Library:
Large Conference Room
2270 Mann Road
Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019
4:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Huguenot Volunteer Fire Department:
1959 Urbine Road
Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019
4:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Ideas regarding the draft plan can also be emailed to:


Related Documents and Links:

Draft 2018/19 Comprehensive Plan
(BOS Recommendation: Jan. 2019)

Memo to Board of Supervisors:
Finalizing Draft Comprehensive Plan

(Dec. 13, 2018 workshop)

Draft Future Land Use Map
GIS webviewer