Planning and Zoning Department


Physical Address                                                                                            
1300 Courthouse Road
2nd Floor
Stafford, VA 22554
Phone: (540) 658-8668

Mailing Address
PO Box 339
Stafford, VA 22555-0339

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Stafford County's Planning and Zoning Department provides services related to the well being and orderly development of the community. Three primary areas of responsibility include current planning, long range planning, and code enforcement. In addition, the Planning and Zoning Department provides guidance to the Board of Supervisors and appointed Boards and Commissions in developing and implementing the vision of Stafford County. 

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Proposed Buc-ee’s of Stafford

Buc-ee’s has submitted a Conditional Use Permit application to locate a store on the west side of Interstate 95 at Exit 140 – Courthouse Road. Click here for more information - Buc-ee's of Stafford.

Proposed Belle Plains Campground

A major site plan has been submitted a campground located along Belle Plains Road and Potomac Creek. The site plan is currently under review. Click here for more information – Belle Plains Campground.

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Special Initiatives    

On October 17, 2023 the Board of Supervisors approved Comp Plan Amendment (R23-214) and Zoning Ordinance (O23-24) which updated Stafford County's standards for data centers.  Applications to develop data centers have been submitted to the County.
Click here to learn more.

On May 16, 2023, the Board of Supervisors approved the Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Ordinance Amendment O23-01 which updated Stafford County Code Sec. 28-25, Sec. 28-35, and Sec. 28-39 which established standards for Solar Facilities and Energy Storage Facilities. 
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Divisions of the Planning and Zoning Department

Oversight of the Planning Commission, Architectural Review Board, Agricultural and Land Conservation (ALC) Committee, Historical Commission, and works with County Administration with regard to Planning and Zoning items for the Board of Supervisors' review.  

Development Review


Responsible for the processing, routing, code compliance reviews and project management for site plans, subdivision/construction plans, and plat applications. 

Long Range Planning
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Provides vision and guidance for the long range development of the county. Responsibilities include creating and maintaining the Comprehensive Plan, Land Use applications for Rezoning and Conditional Use Permits (CUP), and the establishment and management of Proffers. 

Zoning and Compliance

Responsible for enforcing the county's Zoning Code regulations. This includes document review for compliance, land use reviews, zoning verifications and determinations, compliance inspections, and handling issues affecting community appearance.

More ABOUT Stafford County's Planning and Zoning Department


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