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Planning & Zoning Department

The Planning and Zoning Department administers the County's land use regulations. Department staff perform zoning and development review and serve as the first contact for developers and landowners who are considering new development or changes to existing development. Most importantly, the Planning and Zoning staff work alongside the community's citizens to create the long range goals, plans and strategies that shape the future of Northampton County.


  1. As stated in the Northampton County Strategic Plan (July 26, 2002), to achieve, under the leadership of the County Administrator, the goals set forth by the Board of Supervisors; to provide efficient, effective, equitable services to our citizens and visitors.
  2. To ensure that sound land use and development practices are employed and guide future development in an efficient and serviceable manner which is protective of Northampton County's predominantly rural, coastal, and ecologically sensitive character.
  3. To regularly review and revise the County's land use documents and consistently enforce ordinances.
  4. To maintain an adequate, high-quality staff to provide efficient, timely service to residents and towns.

Special notes and other information:


Proposed 2014 Northampton County Zoning Code text and map
Proposed Chesapeake Bay Preservation Areas text and map

Notice is hereby provided that the County of Northampton Board of Supervisors and Planning Commission will hold a joint public hearing at the Northampton High School auditorium located at 16041 Courthouse Road, Eastville, VA 23347, on March 11, 2013, at 7:00 p.m. The purpose of the meeting is to review comprehensive amendments proposed to the Northampton County Zoning Code.

Documents related to the March 11, 2014 Public Hearing:

Public Notice

Proposed Density-Dimensions Chart

Proposed Northampton County Zoning Code



Public hearing cover letter to all property owners - 2014 Zoning Code

Public Hearing Document Chapter 158 Chesapeake Bay Preservation Areas

Chesapeake Bay Map

Public hearing cover letter - CBPA

County Code of Ordinances Note: The Zoning Code is Chapter 154 in the Code of Ordinances.



Northampton County Zoning Ordinance effective December 28 2000 as amended

NHCO Current Comprehensive Plan



Public Information Meetings to be Held for Northampton County Proposed Zoning Code and Chesapeake Bay Protection Areas

Northampton County is sponsoring two public information meetings on the Board of Supervisor’s proposed zoning ordinance and zoning district map. The proposal will also separate the Chesapeake Bay Protection Areas ordinance into its own Chapter 158 of the Northampton Code. At these meetings there will be a brief overview of the proposal presented and citizens will have an informal opportunity to learn about the proposed zoning ordinance at information stations, ask questions of staff, and view large, detailed zoning maps for any changes to their particular property.

These information sessions are in addition to the public legal notice and mailings to property owners. The Board of Supervisors is very interested in receiving public comment prior to or at the public hearing on March 11, 2014. The Board of Supervisors hopes that these informational sessions will help the public become familiar with this important land use document. Full copies of the public hearing draft will be available for reference at the meetings. The public hearing draft is also available on-line at the County’s website at or under the planning and zoning tab from the Home Page. Look under “Special Notes and Other Information”.

Public information meetings will be held as follows:

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 7:00 p.m.
Occohannock Elementary School

Thursday, February 27, 2014 7:00 p.m.
Kiptopeke Elementary School


Contact information: Charles McSwain: or phone 757-678-0440, option 6


Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs)

This link takes you to the National Flood Insurance Program sponsored site to allow property owners to view the preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs). The effective date of the new FIRMs is Fall of 2014

Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs)


VIMS Analysis of Kings Creek Water and Watershed Runoff Samples

The Virginia Institute of Marine Science analysis of Kings Creek and its watershed has been completed. The study was funded in part by the Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program at the Department of Environmental Quality through a grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management, under the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972, as amended.

VIMS Analysis of Kings Creek Water and Watershed Runoff Samples

Planning and Zoning Fees

Planning & Zoning Fees Effective 7/14/10

Zoning Ordinance and Zoning Map Amendments and Text

Revised zoning regulations, including an amended zoning map, were effective Oct. 21, 2009.The links below access the adopted zoning map and text.

2009 Adopted Zoning Map Note: to verify information about specific parcels please contact the Department of Planning and Zoning, (757) 678-0443, ext. 542 or ext. 545.

County Code of Ordinances Note: The Zoning Code is Chapter 154 in the Code of Ordinances.

Staff and Contact Information

Director of Planning and Zoning

Melissa Kellam - Zoning Administrator

Nyoka Hall - Zoning Technician

Peter Stith - Long Range Planner/GIS Administrator

Kelley Lewis - Development Inspector

Department of Planning & Zoning
PO Box 538
16404 Courthouse Road
Eastville, VA 23347

Phone: 757-678-0443

Hours of Operation
9 AM - 5 PM

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