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Northampton County is the southern 35 miles of a 70 mile long stretch of the Delmarva Peninsula known as Virginia's Eastern Shore. "The Shore" as it is affectionately named, is cradled by the Atlantic Ocean and Chesapeake Bay or what is known locally as Bayside and Seaside. The Seaside, in particular, contains the largest island wilderness chain on the U.S. Eastern Seaboard.

The Shore is a place that has somehow managed to remain relatively unchanged through the times. Its pristine condition is mainly a result of the surrounding waters of the Chesapeake Bay and the County's isolation to large East Coast metropolises such as Virginia's Tidewater Area (Virginia Beach & Norfolk). Generations of families have been left to their own and have created a rich tradition of living off the land through farming and fishing. For centuries a unique harmony, between mankind and nature, has evolved from these circumstances.

Northampton County's central location on the Eastern Seaboard places it less than a 1 day drive from areas such as New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C.

Northampton County contains numerous natural and cultural sites, including two large public parks, Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge and Kiptopeke State Park, located at the southern end of the county. Historic townships, such as Eastville, Cheriton and Cape Charles contain buildings that speak to over 350 years of architectural design in the United States.

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The Northampton County Board of Supervisors will meet on Wednesday, October 24, 2018, at 7:00 p.m. in the Board Room of the Northampton County Administration Building, 16404 Courthouse Road, Eastville, Virginia , to conduct a public hearing on the following matter:

CPA 2018-02: The Northampton County Planning Commission proposes to amend the Comprehensive Plan. This draft Comprehensive Plan utilizes the format of the current plan, with Part One containing recommendations, strategies, responsible parties for those actions, and suggested timelines. Part Two includes data from research, surveys, public input, and other sources. Some data may be repeated in Part One when necessary for explanations.

Part One, Section One includes an introduction, an explanation of the plan update process, an analysis of public input, a vision statement.

Part One, Section Two considers land use, community design, road corridors, livable communities, and includes the Future Land Use Map (FLUM). The FLUM is proposed to include the following land use areas: Agricultural, Conservation, Commercial, Cottage Community, Industrial, Planned Unit Developments, Residential, Town Edge, Town, and Village. The FLUM is proposed to remove the following current land use areas: Existing subdivision, Existing Cottage Community, Highway Corridor Land Use District, Industrial Activity Corridor, Hamlet, Waterfront Hamlet, and Waterfront Village.

Part One, Section Three deals with the economic plan noting current issues, considering existing industries, looks at business and workforce development, and makes recommendations.

Part One, Section Four looks at housing, noting assets, issues, inventory and demographics, livable communities, and organizations to help with obtaining housing, and makes recommendations.

Part One, Section Five covers environment, natural resources, and open spaces. It considers our assets, examines environmental issues, and suggests planning, goals, and strategies for their conservation.

Part One, Section Six examines community facilities and services, both public and private. It inventories these assets, looks at existing and potential issues, and gives goals and implementation strategies.

Part One, Section Seven deals with transportation, including assets, current issues, planning, and goals and implementation strategies to meet those goals.

Part Two, Section One covers the history and geography of our County.

Part Two, Section Two examines population and demographics of the County, trends, projections, household data, family data, and poverty data.

Part Two, Section Three includes economic data about the workforce, jobs, types of employers, major industries, economic development, and taxes and revenues.

Part Two, Section Four is the housing analysis section. It looks at housing inventory, its distribution, rentals, building permits issued, housing conditions, affordable housing, and influences on future trends.

Part Two, Section Five includes environmental data on topics including climate, topography, soils, Carolina bays, forest land, ecological communities, water resources, and our shoreline, wetlands, and barrier islands.

Part Two, Section Six contains data about our community facilities and services, including art and culture resources, churches, communication systems, utilities, water and wastewater facilities, solid waste management, emergency services and law enforcement, government services, libraries, parks and recreation, and schools and education.

Part Two, Section Seven is the transportation data section, and includes information on land use planning and its interaction with transportation existing traffic volumes, future traffic estimates, the existing highway system, air transportation, rail transportation, motor freight and parcel services, public transportation, marine-transportation and harbors, bicycle and pedestrian facilities, scenic byways, rest areas, the Adopt-A-Highway program, and Historical markers.

The complete draft is available for viewing online on the Northampton County Planning page of the County’s website, and at any adjacent localities’ planning offices, all Northampton County Town Halls, the Cape Charles Library, the Northampton Free Library, and the Northampton County Administration Office.

Anyone wishing to comment on the above item is invited to attend the meeting and make their comments known. Written comments can be submitted to the Board of Supervisors at Post Office Box 66, Eastville, VA 23347.

Handicapped assistance available: Please telephone (757) 678-0440 at least 48 hours in advance.


Northampton Sheriff’s Office taking back unwanted prescription drugs October 27 at 5211 The Hornes Eastville, Va. 23347

Eastville, Va. – On Saturday, October 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Northampton Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration will give the public its 16th opportunity in 8 years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.  Bring your pills for disposal to Northampton Sheriff’s Office at 5211 The Hornes Eastville, Va.  (The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.)  The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last April Americans turned in over 450 tons (900,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at almost 5,500 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,200 of its state and local law enforcement partners.  Overall, in its 15 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 8.1 million pounds—more than 4,050 tons—of pills.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue.  Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.  Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the October 27 Take Back Day event, go to the DEA Diversion website or contact Major Mike Smith with Northampton Sheriff’s Office at 757-678-0458.



Public notice is hereby given that the Board of Equalization for the County of Northampton will meet on the days hereafter listed for the purpose of hearing property owners who believe their real property assessment are inaccurate. Upon hearing such complaints, either verbal or written, the Board will give consideration TO EITHER INCREASE, DECREASE, OR AFFIRM such real estate assessment. The taxpayer or agent must provide substantial evidence that the assessment of the property is not uniform with the assessments of other similar properties or that the property is assessed above or below its fair market value.

Appointments will be scheduled every 15 minutes to minimize waiting. To appear before the Board of Equalization, please call (757) 678-0446, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday thru Friday, to request an application. Meetings of the Board to hear objections will be held at 16404 Courthouse Road, Suite 201, Eastville, Virginia. The dates and times are:

July 12, 2018

9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

July 17, 2018

9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

July 19, 2018

9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

July 24, 2018

9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

July 26, 2018

9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

July 31, 2018

9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

August 2, 2018

9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

August 7, 2018

9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

August 9, 2018

9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

August 14, 2018

9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

August 16, 2018

9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

August 21, 2018

9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

August 30, 2018

9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.


(Additional dates and times will be scheduled, if necessary, and advertised)
By order of the Northampton County Board of Equalization as provided by the
Code of Virginia, §58.1 – 3378


Press Release

Assessment Grants from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.


Business License Renewal

Northampton County Business License Deadline March 1

Doing business in Northampton County will cost you $30.00 annually.

Anyone conducting any type of business or providing professional services, real estate services, sales solicitation,
wholesale sales or general services within the County of Northampton is required to file for and pay for a
Northampton County Business License by March 1st of the current calendar year.

Contact the Commissioner of the Revenue at 757-678-0446 or visit to obtain an application.


Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Document

FY18 Consolidated Budget Document



Additional vehicles may now qualify for tax relief beginning in 2017

Due to legislative changes that had taken place in the 2016 session of the Virginia General Assembly, additional vehicles might now qualify for Personal Property Tax Relief (PPTR) from the Commonwealth of Virginia beginning in 2017.

The action by the General Assembly changed the registration requirements for personal use trucks with a gross weight between 7,501 and 10,000 pounds. As of January 1, 2017, these vehicles must be reclassified as pickups. These vehicles will require standard passenger license plates, and no longer qualify for truck license plates.

Once you have successfully reclassified your vehicle with DMV as a pickup before January 1, 2017, it may then qualify for personal property tax relief in 2017.

The change does not apply to vehicles registered for business use. If your truck is registered for business use, no action on your part is required.

You can reclassify your vehicle by visiting your local DMV customer service center.


The Northampton County Joint Industrial Development Authority (JIDA)

Regularly scheduled meetings will be on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 4:00p.m.

Meeting Location
16404 Courthouse Road, Eastville
Northampton County Administration, Upstairs Conference Room #201



Payments for Real Estate and Personal Property taxes can be made at Official Payments website.


Northampton County Low Lying Areas

Map of Northampton County Low Lying Areas


Land Use Information and Application Links:

Code of Virginia - "Agricultural and Forestal District Act"

Adopted AFD Policy


Application for the creation of or addition to agricultural/forestal districts.

Please note that §33.010 (Land Use Program) of the County Code was repealed on August 11, 2009.



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