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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 Zoning Information

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


Public Notice

Northampton County is sponsoring two Public Informational Meetings with regard to the proposed revised Zoning Ordinance and Map. This will provide an informal opportunity for the public to learn about the proposed revised zoning ordinance, to ask questions of staff, and to view the proposed revised zoning map for the County. The Board of Supervisors is interested in receiving public comment and believes that these informational sessions will provide additional opportunities for the public to become familiar with this important document intended to encourage investment and job growth while protecting natural assets and property rights.

“Citizen Information Papers”, drafted to assist with the citizenry with this review process, are available on the County’s website ( The public is encouraged to read and review these documents.

Sessions will be held as follows:

Wednesday, February 25, 2015
7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Cafeteria, Occohannock Elementary School
The meeting will be rescheduled at a later date.

Thursday, March 5, 2015
7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Cafeteria, Kiptopeke Elementary School

Public Notice

The Northampton Planning Commission will be conducting its regular meeting on Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at 7 p.m. in the Northampton County Administration Board Chambers.

The Northampton County Planning Commission will meet for its regularly scheduled work session on Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 7pm in the Northampton County Administration Conference Room, 2nd Floor.

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.


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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