MISSION STATEMENT:

The Accomack County Planning and Community Development Department’s mission is to develop, advocate for, and implement strategies that provide for a desirable balance of natural resource protection, quality of life retention and development which increases the County's tax base and creates jobs.

SERVICES PROVIDED:

 
Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors: Provide support to the Planning Commission for monthly meetings and scheduled work sessions, including preparation of meeting agenda packets, public hearing materials, and minutes. Attend Board of Supervisors meetings and provide memorandums and presentations as needed.

Rezonings, Conditional Use Permits, and Subdivision Applications: Review Rezonings, Conditional Use Permits, and major subdivision applications, confer with applicants, and prepare staff reports, public hearing notices, adjacent property owner notification letters, and present applications, reports, and recommendations at Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors public hearings.

Economic Development: Support business development. Assist entrepreneurs, small businesses, and developers seeking approvals from the County. Work with public and private sector partners to foster job creation. Coordinate local efforts with Virginia Economic Development Partnership. Attend Economic Development Authority (EDA) meetings.

Comprehensive Plan, Land Use Ordinances, and Web Page: Maintain and update Comprehensive Plan, Future Land Use Map, Zoning Ordinance, Zoning Map, Subdivision Ordinance, and Department of Planning and Community Development web page.

Agricultural and Forestal District Program: Manage and maintain data, maps, and ordinances for 22 Agricultural and Forestal Districts (AFD), which include 80,012 acres of land. Review and update each AFD and ordinance every four years. Coordinate AFD Advisory Committee, prepare staff reports, schedule public hearings, and confer with landowners.

Enterprise Zone: Manage Enterprise Zone Program, including mapping, application processing, information workshops, annual report, and coordination with applicants and state Enterprise Zone officials. Provide demographic and mapping support to staff seeking economic development prospects.

Geographic Information System (GIS): Manage and maintain GIS data, ArcGIS software, and online AccoMap GIS website. Provide project management for GIS consultant, coordinate Accomack County GIS Committee, train and assist County staff of GIS software, prepare data and maps for County departments and general public, and complete redistricting.


CURRENT PROJECTS AND GOALS:

  • Natural gas extension into Accomack County
  • Securing a new Enterprise Zone designation
  • Agricultural and Forestal District Reviews
  • Provide support for economic development prospects