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.
The Board of Supervisors requested the Planning Commission to consider proposed standards for data centers.
A Planning Commission committee was established and developed draft zoning ordinance and comprehensive plan amendments. The Board will review these amendments at their meeting on September 5, 2023. 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.
Long Range Planning
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.
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