Development Review

Contact Us

Physical Address
1300 Courthouse Road
2nd Floor
Stafford, VA 22554

Mailing Address
PO Box 339
Stafford, VA 22555-0339

Phone: (540) 658-8668

Directory
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Division Overview

The Development Review Division is responsible for intake, routing, Planning review, and project management for development plan and plat applications. These applications are submitted directly to the Planning and Zoning Department, and routed to various internal and external agencies for review, including:
  • Planning & Zoning Department (subdivision, zoning, historic resources, landscaping, lighting, and proffer/CUP compliance reviews)
  • Development Services Department (transportation, building, stormwater, erosion, environmental, & floodplain reviews)
  • Utilities Department
  • Sheriff's Office (CPTED review)
  • Information Technology Department - GIS Division (address review)
  • Fire & Rescue Department
  • Virginia Department of Transportation
  • Virginia Department of Health
A Planning & Zoning staff member will be assigned as the case planner for the application. The case planner will be the primary point of contact for the applicant, and will help coordinate meetings or other actions needed to facilitate application review and approval.

Development Regulations and Technical Guidance
Please visit the Development Regulations page for information and guidance regarding Planning and Zoning Department review elements. The page includes:
  • Links to the Subdivision Ordinance and Zoning Ordinance
  • Links to design documents such as the Design and Construction Standards Manual for Landscaping (DCSL) and Neighborhood Design Standards Manual (NDS).
  • Supplemental forms, exhibits and summary information for landscaping, lighting, transportation, and other Subdivision/Zoning Ordinance review elements.
How to Apply
For a complete list of projects processed by the Development Review Division, please see the Application Forms page.
The Department is currently accepting both paper and electronic application submittals for most application types. The submittal options vary based on the application type, and details can be found within each application form.

The Development Review Division does not handle permit applications. For permits, please see the Building page.

How to View Review Comments
  • For paper development plan/plat applications, comments can be retrieved through the Integrated Web Response (IWR) System.
  • For electronic development plan/plat applications, comments can be retrieved through ePlans.
General Project Information
For a list of project submittals, recent approvals, and Technical Review Committee notices, please visit the Current Development Projects page.