Community Development

The Department of Community Development works with citizens, property owners, developers, builders, and other stakeholders to guide growth and development in Powhatan County.

The Department of Community Development is made up of:

Planning and Zoning       Building Inspections       Economic Development

Community Development News:

Changes to Residential-Commercial
(R-C) Zoning District

Since late 2018, the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors have been considering changes to the Residential-Commercial (R-C) zoning district, which permits commercial (and limited residential) development and is located primarily along the U.S. Route 60 corridor between U.S. Route 522 and the Chesterfield County line. 

To allow additional stakeholder input regarding the proposed changes, the Board of Supervisors created the R-C Zoning Workgroup, which met in January and February 2019.

The ordinance to eliminate the R-C zoning district was approved on April 24, 2019.


Related Documents:

Staff Report:Board of Supervisors Public Hearing

(Nov. 26, 2018)

Memo to Board of Supervisors:
Elimination of the Residential-Commercial (R-C) Zoning District

(Dec. 7, 2018)

Memo from Mr. Carson Tucker:
R-C Zoning Workgroup

(Dec. 13, 2018)

Comprehensive Plan

Powhatan County's current comprehensive plan was adopted in 2010. In late 2016, the Planning Commission began reviewing the 2010 Long-Range Comprehensive Plan and updating its content. Throughout 2018, the Board of Supervisors, with guidance from the Comprehensive Plan Workgroup, continued to update the plan. 

The draft 2018/2019 Comprehensive Plan Update is available online for review. Ideas regarding the draft plan can be emailed to:


Upcoming Meetings:

Two public informational meetings regarding the draft plan were held in June. If you were unable to attend, the audio and presentation are now available online

The Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing on this proposal on Monday, June 24, 2019. 


Related Documents and Links:

Draft 2018/19 Comprehensive Plan
(BOS Recommendation: June 2019)

Draft Future Land Use Map
GIS webviewer