County of Greensville, Virginia

Planning

Planning Department

1781 Greensville County Circle
Emporia, Virginia 23847

Phone: (434) 348-4232
Fax: (434) 348-0696

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Linwood E. Pope, Jr.

Planning Director
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The Planning Department is located at the Greensville County Government Building. This department provides the public with certain information related to property within the county. It clarifies regulations authorized by the Greensville County Zoning Ordinance, Subdivision Ordinance, and the Code of Greensville County. These two ordinances regulate land use and buildings located within the county, whether it be located in an agricultural, residential, or industrial zone.

Rezoning

Rezoning is the act of changing the zoning classification of land. A zone is a designation which permits certain uses of land, and building within which certain yards and open spaces are required as well as height limits for building imposed. It is a mapped area to which a uniform set of regulations applies. 

When requested, rezoning cases are heard by the Planning Commission on the second Tuesday of each month and the Board of Supervisors on the third Monday of each month. Applications must be filed by the second Tuesday of the preceding month. The applicants must hold a pre-application consultation with the Planning Director or Department Technician before filing the application. This consultation reviews the purpose of the rezoning and allows for other options (if any) to be given to the applicant before filing. Once the application is filed, it is processed and sent out to the appropriate agencies for review. Also, the application is available to the public for review and comment. The public hearings are advertised in the local paper three (3) times prior to the meetings, and adjacent property owners are notified of the proposed rezoning.

A Staff Report is prepared by staff for the Commission and a copy mailed to the applicant. The Planning Commission sends its recommendation to the Board of Supervisors.

Special Use Permits

Special Use Permits are permits authorized by the Board of Supervisors for a use designated as a "special use" in a designated district after evaluation of the impact and compatibility of such use. The permit typically specifies conditions and restrictions, in addition to those contained in the Greensville County Zoning Ordinance, to insure the use is compatible with the area in which it is to be located.

When requested, Special Use Permit cases are heard by the Planning Commission on the second Tuesday of each month and the Board of Supervisors on the third Monday of each month. Applications must be filed by the second Tuesday of the preceding month. The applicants must hold a pre-application consultation with the Planning Director or Department Technician before filing the application. This consultation reviews the purpose of the request and allows for other options (if any) to be given to the applicant before filing. Once the application is filed, it is processed and sent out to the appropriate agencies for review. Also, the application is available to the public for review and comment. The public hearings are advertised in the local paper three (3) times prior to the meetings and adjacent property owners are notified of the proposed special use permit.

A Staff Report is prepared by staff for the Commission and a copy mailed to the applicant. The Planning Commission sends its recommendation to the Board of Supervisors.

Variances

A variance is a relaxation of the bulk or measurable terms of the Zoning Ordinance where it is not contrary to the public health, safety, or welfare and where, owing to conditions peculiar to the property and not a result of an action of the applicant, a literal enforcement of the Ordinance would result in an undue hardship.

When requested, variance cases are heard by the Board of Zoning Appeals on the third Tuesday of each month as called. Applications must be filed by the third Tuesday of the preceding month. The applicants must hold a pre-application consultation with the Planning Director or Department Technician before filing the application. This consultation reviews the purpose of the request and allows for other options (if any) to be given to the applicant before filing.  Once the application is filed, it is processed and sent out to the appropriate agencies for review. Also, the application is available to the public for the review and comment. The public hearings are advertised in the local paper two (2) times prior to the meetings and adjacent property owners are notified of the proposed rezoning.

A Staff Report is prepared by staff for the Board of Zoning Appeals and a copy mailed to the applicant. The staff report reviews the request and recommends either to approve, approve with conditions, or deny.

Stormwater Management

Pursuant to § 62.1-44.15:27 of the Code of Virginia, Greensville County established a Virginia stormwater management program for land-disturbing activities and adopted the applicable regulations that specify standards and specifications for VSMPs promulgated by the state board for the purposes set out in section 18.2-1 chapter of the Greensville County Code. The Greensville County Board of Supervisors designated the Director of Planning as the Administrator of the Virginia Stormwater Management Program.

The Stormwater Management forms are available below:

Program Information
Permit Fee Schedule
Greensville County Code, Chapter 18.2 – Stormwater Management
Application for Permit Coverage
Permit Fee Form
Performance Bond Form
Agreement for Maintenance of Stormwater Management BMP Facility
Plan Review Checklist
Plan Completeness Review Checklist
DEQ General Permit for Discharges

Subdivisions

A subdivision constitutes the division of any tract, parcel, or lot of land into two or more parts in conformance with the provisions of the Greensville County Zoning Ordinance.

Subdivision plats containing less than four lots and creating no new roads are reviewed and approved by the Planning Director prior to recordation at the Greensville County Circuit Court Clerk's Office. Subdivision plats containing five or more lots, or creating new roads, are sent out to the appropriate agencies for review. Comments and submitted to the Planning Commission in preliminary form, then to Governing Body in final form. 

Fee Schedule

Case Matters
Zoning Map Amendments (Classification Change) $300.00
Overlay District (Same as Zoning Map Amendment) $300.00
Zoning Text Amendment $100.00
Special Use Permits:  
     Cellular Communication towers (Establish) $3,500.00
     Commercial/Industrial Use $300.00
     Any others not listed $250.00
Variance $200.00
Appeals $175.00
Administrative Approvals
Cellular Communication towers (Co-locate) $2,000.00
Home Occupation Permit $15.00
Sign Permit $15.00
Zoning Permit (with Building Permit) $15.00
Documents
Comprehensive Plan (Copy) $12.00
Comprehensive Plan Summary (Copy) $4.00
Zoning Ordinance (Copy) $7.00
     (Notebook cover $4.00 additional)  
Subdivision Ordinance (Copy) $6.00
Master Street Guide $10.00
Plans
Subdivisions: Exemptions (Agricultural/Family conveyance) $10.00
     All others $15.00
     1-4 Lots $15.00
     5+ Lots – Preliminary $20.00 + $1.00 per lot
     5+ Lots – Final $10.00 + $1.00 per lot
Site Plan Review $100.00
Planned Development $150.00
Maps
911 Maps $3.00
11 x 17 Maps $0.20 per page

 

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