Department Vision, Mission & Goals | Your Guide to Community Development
Albemarle County's Comprehensive Plan 2016
An explanation of Albemarle's decisions guiding growth.
Planning and Zoning 101
An explanation of the basic terminology and practices for planning and zoning.
Growth Management in Albemarle County
An overview of growth management in the County.
Fundamentals of Virginia Land Use Law
An overview of Virginia's Land Use Law.
Land Use & Planning Glossary
A listing of key land use and planning terms.
Living in Albemarle County's Urban Areas
A closer look at Albemarle's approach to managing growth and creating quality urban environments.
Albemarle County's most important document regarding growth, development and change.
The three main development related ordinances administered through Community Development are the Zoning Ordinance (Chapter 18), Subdivision Ordinance (Chapter 14) and Water Protection Ordinance (Chapter 17).
Current Virginia Building Codes
The Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code and the International Code Council (ICC) Codes with VA Amendments
Accessory Structures in Residential Districts
Use this infornation if you are putting up a detached garage, storage shed, pool, barn or some other structure that would be considered accessory to your dwelling unit.
Development Rights Brochure
A Citizen's how-to manual for development rights. Development rights pertain to properties zoned RA, Rural Area.
Land Use Law Handbook
This handbook provides a review of Virginia's planning, zoning and subdivision laws, as implemented by the County's Comprehensive Plan and its Zoning and Subdivision Ordinances. It also provides a review of many of the principles and laws that come into play in every land use decision, such as the Dillon Rule, the Conflict of Interests Law and the Freedom of Information Act.
Legislative and Administrative Processes
Learn more about the changes to the legislative (Specia Usel Permits & Rezonings) and administrative (Site Plans) review processes that took effect in 2013.
Zoning Information Packet
Albemarle County's Department of Community Development has created this information packet and checklist to set clear expectations about the requirements to approve preliminary and final zoning inspections. This will allow us to consistently provide quality service to our customers.
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