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

News & Updates:

  1. Comprehensive Plan Update
  2. R-C Zoning District Elimination
  3. Neighborhood Meetings

On June 24, 2019, the Board of Supervisors voted to approve the 2019 Long-Range Comprehensive Plan Update (O-2019-06). This document is now available online.


The comprehensive plan establishes a vision of what Powhatan County should look like in 20 to 30 years. It identifies objectives and strategies that can be implemented to realize the community’s vision and addresses a variety of topics, including land use, housing, economic development, and natural resources.

The approved plan was the product of an on-going planning and review process that started in Fall of 2016. During the review process, the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors both held numerous workshops and public hearings on the draft plan, the county hosted 6 public open houses to solicit citizen feedback, and the Board of Supervisors appointed a Comprehensive Plan Workgroup to continue reviewing the document. The newly adopted 2019 plan is the product of this three-year planning and review process, and will be used to guide future planning and development decisions.