Planning & Zoning

COVID-19 ONLINE SERVICES AND UPDATES

COVID UPDATED INFORMATION  

The Department of Planning and Zoning will be open to the public beginning Monday, March 1, 2021.  Customers are still encouraged to make appointments. 

The Department of Planning and Zoning is continuing to serve the customers and citizens of Stafford County in a safe manner.  At the moment, many of the Planning and Zoning staff continue to work from remote locations.  Moving forward, customers can continue to communicate with us in a variety of ways.  A contact by application type has been provided for your convenience.  You may also visit our staff directory for additional staff information.  For general inquiries, you can call the main office line and leave a voicemail message.  Voicemails will be returned in a timely manner. 


Healthy Growth Initiative
 
A-1 Zoning Ordinance Amendment


The Stafford County Board of Supervisors and the Stafford County Planning Commission held a joint public hearing on October 29, 2020, to consider amendments to the Zoning Ordinance and Comprehensive Plan relating to allowed densities in the A-1, Agricultural Zoning District.  

On March 2, 2021, the Board adopted Ordinance O21-07 with a change in how property may be subdivided in the A-1 Zoning District.  Previously, residential development on rural land zoned A-1 was determined by how many three-acre lots could be achieved on a piece of property.  The Board amended the zoning ordinance to allow a gross density of one dwelling unit for every six acres.  The Board also voted to grandfather any subdivision plans that have already been fully submitted, and allow the five properties in progress from the Purchase of Development Rights program in 2017 to be evaluated under the previous requirements. The Board also requested the Planning Commission to begin the review process to exempt family subdivisions from the zoning change.  This decision comes after a long three-year process that included public outreach and public hearings with the Planning Commission.

Under the ordinance change, which goes into effect immediately, land located within the A-1 zoning district may be subdivided with a gross density of six acres, with a minimum lot size of three acres, or 1.5 acres if located in a cluster subdivision.  Gross density is determined by everything located on the land, whether it is usable or not – such as wetlands.  For example, someone with 30 acres could create five residential lots allotted across the 30 acres.  That person could subdivide in any combination of acreage as long as the minimum lot size is three acres.  If the person chose to develop a cluster subdivision, 50% of the land would have to be subtracted and lot sizes would be a minimum of 1.5 acres.

The associated Comprehensive Plan Amendment that was adopted by the Board can be found here.




   



*  Governor's Executive Order 61 Outdoor Seating Application  *

ALL NEW SUBMITTALS: Construction Plans and Site Plans shall be through E-Plans



Subdivision plats and other development applications can be dropped off at the front of the Stafford County Government Center.  The drop-off cart will be available only during normal business hours:  Monday through Friday between 8:00 AM and 4:30 PM.

Mailing Address:  P. O. Box 339, Stafford, VA  22555-0339
Physical Address:  1300 Courthouse Road, 2nd Floor, Stafford, VA 22554

If you have questions, please call (540) 658-8668.

Responsibilities

 
The Planning and Zoning Department provides guidance to the Board of Supervisors and appointed Boards and Commissions in developing the vision of Stafford County. This guidance ensures future orderly development and economic growth that is reflective of the community’s desires and needs.  

Stafford County treats all applications and applicants equally.  The County does not discriminate against religion, or on the basis of race, sex, age, national origin, or disability, in its planning, zoning, permitting, utilities,  and land use processes.  Stafford welcomes all.

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Bicycle and Pedestrian Facilities Plan Amendment

Bike and Pedestrian Facilities Plan Update


On September 3, 2019, the Stafford County Board of Supervisors adopted a new Bicycle and Pedestrian Facilities Plan, which is an element of the County’s Comprehensive Plan.  This Plan serves as a framework for the development of shared use paths, sidewalks, and other accommodations at both the countywide and neighborhood level.  
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Are you experiencing streambank or shoreline erosion on your property?

The Virginia Shoreline Erosion Advisory Service, or SEAS, was established in 1980 to help private landowners and localities in Virginia with shoreline erosion problems.  Services are free of charge in tidal and non-tidal areas of the state.