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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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Northampton County will hold a public hearing on March 14, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. in the Board Chambers, 16404 Courthouse Road, Eastville, Virginia, to solicit public input on local community development and housing needs in relation to Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding for a project in our community.

Information on the amount of funding available, the requirements on benefit to low- and moderate- income persons, eligible activities, and plans to minimize displacement and provide displacement assistance as necessary will be available. Citizens will also be given the opportunity to comment on Northampton County’s past use of CDBG funds. All interested citizens are urged to attend. For additional information, contact John Andrzejewski at 757-678-0440.

Comments and grievances can be submitted in writing to Northampton County, P.O. Box 66, Eastville, VA 23347, or by phone at 757-678-0440 Ext # 550, and TDD at Virginia Relay by dialing 7-1-1, until noon of the day of the hearing.

If you plan to attend and have any special needs requirements, please call the number listed above.



Notice is hereby given, pursuant to Section 15.2-3107 of the Code of Virginia (1950), as amended, that the Board of Supervisors of Northampton County, Virginia (“Board of Supervisors”) and the Town Council of the Town Of Eastville, Virginia (“Town Council”) (together, “Parties”), will hold a joint public hearing on a proposed Boundary Line Adjustment Agreement Between The County Of Northampton And The Town Of Eastville (“Agreement”). Following the public hearing, the Board of Supervisors and the Town Council each intend to adopt a resolution approving the Agreement. The public hearing and meeting at which each governing body intends to take such action will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 14, 2017, in the Board Room of the County Administration Building, 16404 Courthouse Road, Eastville, Virginia.

The Agreement is authorized by Section 15.2-3106 et seq. of the Code of Virginia (1950), as amended, and provides that the Town’s boundary line will be voluntarily adjusted (i) by incorporating into the Town all or portions of 150 parcels of land and adjacent public roads and rights-of-way that currently lie within the unincorporated portion of the County and (ii) by relocating from the Town into the unincorporated portion of the County two parcels of land. A survey plat attached to the Agreement depicts the modified boundary line of the Town as proposed by the Board of Supervisors and the Town Council.

The territory to be incorporated into the Town consists of four areas. One area lies to the north of the existing boundary of the Town and includes parcels along Selma Estates, Church Street, and Fox Court and ending with the Peirson property. A second area lies to the south of the existing boundary of the Town and includes the parcels ending north of the properties along Stump Town Drive. A third area lies to the east of the existing boundary of the Town and includes the parcels lying east of Canonie Atlantic Co., and along Rockefellow Lane and Station Lane. A fourth area lies to the northeast of the existing boundary of the Town and includes the parcels of E. Garrison Drummond and Douglas and Audrey Coburn.

The two parcels to be relocated from the Town into the unincorporated portion of the County lie within the Town along its existing southeastern boundary and include the parcels of Eastern Shore Associates, II and Robert P. Nottingham.

The proposed Agreement provides that the Parties, after approving the Agreement, shall promptly petition the Circuit Court of Northampton County to relocate and establish the boundary line as agreed upon, and that the new boundary line shall become effective at midnight on June 30, 2017. In the event a final court order has not been entered by that date, the new boundary line shall become effective at midnight on December 31st or at midnight on June 30th following entry of the final court order, whichever date occurs first. The Agreement further provides that the Board of Supervisors and the Town Council shall each bear one-half of the costs of newspaper publication.

A copy of the proposed Agreement, including the survey plat, and a map depicting the modified boundary line of the Town as proposed by the Board of Supervisors and the Town Council is on file in the office of the Clerk of the County Board of Supervisors located in the County Administration Building, 16404 Courthouse Road, Eastville, Virginia and in the office of the Clerk of the Town Council of the Town of Eastville, located in the Town Municipal Building, 5248 Willow Oak, Eastville, Virginia. Any person interested in the proposed Agreement may appear at the public hearing and present his or her views.



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.


Starting August 2016, Northampton County reassessment staff will be visiting all properties gathering data and taking inventory of improvements. This process will be ongoing for 16 months. All appraisal data collectors are required to wear county photo ID badges. The general reassessment is a responsibility of the Commissioner of the Revenue, Charlene Gray.
The County Appraiser, Todd Simpson, will oversee this process.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding this process or any individuals on your property, please contact the Commissioner’s Office at 757-678-0446.



The Northampton County Joint Industrial Development Authority (JIDA)

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

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


Eastern Shore Rural Health System, Inc.

Many Americans can now enroll in affordable health insurance plans through the new Health Insurance Marketplace at Enrollment specialists based at Eastern Shore Rural Health System, Inc. centers have been trained to help Eastern Shore of Virginia residents evaluate options and enroll in affordable health insurance plans through the Marketplace.

The Marketplace offers private health insurance.

Every private insurance plan in the Marketplace will offer comprehensive coverage, from doctors to medications to hospital visits.

If you need assistance contact a specialist at a Rural Health center near you:

Allison @ Atlantic & Chincoteague @ 824-5676 x637
Meghan @ Bayview & Franktown @ 442-4819 x362
Ellen @ Onley @ 787-7374 x767


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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