Department of Development Services:          Planning and Zoning Division

Jeffrey Busby

County Planner

Monday - Friday

8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

5 West Main Street

Suite 100

Fincastle, VA 24090

Phone: (540) 473-8320

Fax: (540) 473-2018

Email

The Planning Division handles:

This division is responsible for all short and long-range planning functions affecting the growth and development of Botetourt County. It provides citizens with information related to land use issues, zoning, FEMA floodplain determinations, Home Occupation Permits, Manufactured Home (HUD) Permits, plat approvals, rezoning, site plan review, subdivision approvals, sign permits and variances, and performs review, inspection and enforcement duties.


Planning Commission

The Botetourt County Planning Commission is composed of five members who are appointed by the Board of Supervisors to represent their respective magisterial districts. The Commission makes recommendations on rezoning, text amendments, and special exception permit applications. The Board of Supervisors then makes the final decision regarding the Commission's recommendations.

The Commission normally holds its regular meetings at 6:00 p.m. on the second Monday of the month in the Old District Court Building in Fincastle. Agendas and minutes are posted here. For more information, please contact Laura Goad in the Department of Development Services.

 

Proposed Text Amendments

The Planning Commission will make recommendations on the following proposed text amendments at the meetings indicated. Comments and questions regarding the proposed text amendments prior to the meeting should be directed to the Department of Development Services: Planning and Zoning Division.

Meeting Date Description Full Text

May 12, 2014

Changes to R-3 district regulations regarding the development of quadruplex dwellings as single-family attached dwellings

Proposed Text Amendment

May 12, 2014

 

Changes to R-3 district regulations regarding zero lot line dwelling setbacks; Change definition of zero lot line dwelling

Proposed Text Amendment

 

Other Documents

 

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Permits

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Comprehensive Plan

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Subdivision of Land

 

All land divisions in Botetourt County are governed by the County Subdivision Ordinance (Chapter 21). A subdivision is defined as a division of any tract, parcel or lot of land, into two (2) or more parts, at one (1) time for any extended period of time, for the purpose of transfer of ownership or building development.

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Board of Zoning Appeals - Variances

The Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) is a five (5) member board appointed by the Circuit Court, which generally approves or denies zoning ordinance variance requests and hears appeals to the zoning administrators' decisions. The BZA's decision is final and appealable only to the Circuit Court.

The Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) normally meets at 9:00 AM on the second Tuesday of each month in the Old District Court Buiilding in Fincastle. For more information, contact the Planning and Zoning Department.

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Conservation

 

 

Did You Know...

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Botetourt County (pronounced Bot-i-tot) was created in 1769. It was named after English colonial governor, Norborne Berkeley, Lord de Botetourt, who was regarded as "the best of Governors and best of men."