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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. Continue to expand upon GIS capability/functionality, particularly analytical features and investigate applicability to emergency management
  2. Ensure that the county's land use documents promote a safe, attractive and harmonious living
    environment for all its citizens
  3. Evaluate staffing requirements in view of current demand and demographic projections to provide efficient and timely service to residents and property owners
  4. Streamline permitting processes to the extent possible while adequately fulfilling
    state regulatory mandates.

Special notes and other information:


Proposed Zoning Information

Click here for the latest information related to the proposed zoning for Northampton County.


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 expected early 2015.

FEMA Determination Letter


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

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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