The Fluvanna County Planning and Community Development Department provides numerous services that relate to the well being and orderly development of the community. The three primary areas of responsibility include current planning, long range planning, and code enforcement.
The Planning and Community Development Department is dedicated to efficiently and effectively serving the citizens and stakeholders of Fluvanna County primarily through these diverse services and products.
Scope of Services
Current Planning (Development Administration)
This primary activity involves the daily administration and enforcement of the zoning and subdivision ordinances. Tasks associated with the administration of these ordinances include the processing of subdivision proposals, boundary adjustments, easement plats, site plans, special use permits, rezonings, variances, general inquiries, and other requests.
The department serves as the primary staff contact for the Planning Commission, Board of Zoning Appeals, Agricultural and Forestal District Advisory Committee, and other ad hoc committees and task forces. Department staff also supports the Board of Supervisors as needed or requested.
Long Range Planning (Project/Policy Development and Management)
Planning recommendations are routinely provided to the Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors on a wide array of issues. Strategic and long-term planning begins with the preparation and implementation of the Comprehensive Plan, associated comprehensive plan or zoning text amendments, the annual review of the Capital Improvements Plan (CIP) by the Planning Commission, and other local projects. These planning documents provide the foundation for many of the land use and budgetary decisions that are implemented by the County.
The department also manages the Agricultural and Forestal District and the Conservation Easement programs. Staff advises county agencies about regional and local transportation issues and assists in the development of recreational facilities as needed. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) information critical to planning and land use decisions is developed, collected, and maintained by planning staff. Routine contact with other regional planning departments including Cumberland, Goochland, Orange, and the Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission (and all of its member localities) is critical to maintaining up-to-date information and invaluable regional connections.
Code Enforcement and Inspections
Code compliance ensures that Fluvanna County’s regulations are enforced consistently and equitably. A wide variety of code issues routinely come to the County including subdivision and zoning ordinance violations, inoperative vehicle and junkyard complaints and other nuisance and miscellaneous complaints. All complaints are investigated quickly, fairly, and thoroughly. Complainant information is kept confidential, but all complaints that are received, anonymous or otherwise, are processed.
In addition, the department is responsible for the enforcement of the Counties Erosion and Sediment Control Ordinance including reviewing land disturbing plans, establishing bond estimates, making required inspections in accordance with state regulations and issuing the associated permits.