1. Overview
  2. Chesapeake Bay Preservation
  3. Floodplain Management
  4. Stormwater Management
  5. Erosion and Sediment Control
  6. Tidal Wetlands
  7. Other Environmental Agencies

Landscape & Habitat Features

Stafford County is rich in natural resources, characterized by a rolling landscape cut by winding streams and creeks. Bordered to the east by the Potomac River and to the south by the Rappahannock River, surface water is a significant natural feature in the county. In addition, the county’s forestlands, including the Crow’s Nest Natural Area Preserve, provide habitat for many different wildlife species. This natural environment provides a desirable place to live, for wildlife and residents.

How the Planning & Zoning Department Manages Natural Resources

The Planning and Zoning Department ensures that development is appropriately sited and designed to minimize impacts to natural resources.  This is accomplished by ensuring:  Uses are sited to preserve stream corridors for the benefit of Chesapeake Bay Preservation; Uses are sited to preserve floodplain areas; Runoff from impervious surfaces is appropriately treated and controlled through various stormwater management methods; Appropriate erosion and sediment control measures are in place during and after development, and: Shoreline protection measures are appropriately sited and designed to minimize impacts to tidal wetlands.