The Planning Department provides staff support to
the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors, including reviewing
and providing recommendations on all land use matters presented
to the Commission and Board. The Department also provides staff
support to the County's Architectural Review Board, Board of Zoning
Appeals, and Historical Commission. The Department reviews plans
of development for compliance with various County ordinances and
is responsible for enforcement of the County's Subdivision and Zoning
David Maloney is the Director of Planning. John Bender is the Deputy Director of Planning. Planning
Department personnel can be reached by calling (804) 365-6171.
Zoning Ordinance Update and Reorganization Approved
After a public hearing at its January 9, 2013 meeting, the Board of Supervisors adopted Ordinance 12-08, which revised and relocated the provisions of the Hanover County Zoning Ordinance. These changes became effective upon adoption by the Board.
The purpose of this update was to evaluate the organization of the County’s Zoning Ordinance, and reorganize the various elements in a logical and easy-to-follow manner. This update of the Zoning Ordinance was primarily a technical one, focusing on clarifying procedures and making the necessary revisions to bring the Zoning Ordinance into compliance with provisions of State Code. The completion and adoption of the Ordinance was a 2013 Board Initiative.
Please click the New Zoning Ordinance link below to view the new Zoning Ordinance in its entirety. The revised Zoning Ordinance will soon appear on the Municode website. A notice will be posted on the Planning Department’s web page when the Municode website has been updated. Also provided below are links to the table of contents of the revised Zoning Ordinance (which has the corresponding sections of the old Zoning Ordinance shown in parenthesis), and a chart which shows changes made in the various sections of the Zoning Ordinance. If you have any questions, please contact the Planning Department at 804-365-6171.
New Zoning Ordinance
Table of Contents
Zoning Ordinance Illustration Manual
New Subdivision Ordinance Adopted
As part of its FY2011 Initiatives, the Board of Supervisors directed Planning Staff to undertake a comprehensive review of the Subdivision Ordinance. As outlined by the Board, this review was to be a technical update of the Ordinance, focusing on clarifying procedures and making necessary revisions to bring the Ordinance into compliance with provisions of State Code. Possible changes that would modify current policies were not part of the review process, but these items were identified for consideration at a future date.
Major revisions to the Ordinance include a comprehensive reorganization to make the process more transparent and regulations easier to find, updates to the bonding process to be more responsive to current financial practices and the lending environment, and clarifications to the preliminary plat, construction plan, and final plat processes. As part of the update, changes to the RS, Single Family Residential, RM, Multi-Family Residential, and MX, Mixed Use Districts were adopted in order to move certain landscaping and bonding provisions into the Zoning Ordinance.
The Board of Supervisors adopted Ordinance 11-09 on September 14, 2011 and it replaced the previous Subdivision Ordinance as of that date. A copy of the newly adopted Ordinance can be found at New Subdivision Ordinance. The Municipal Code web site, which maintains on-line ordinances for the County, will be updated in the future.
Placement of Directional Real Estate Signs
The County has adopted requirements for the placement of directional real estate signs that are used to promote the sale of homes. These new requirements allow for temporary non-illuminated signs, not more than six square feet in area, located on a property at an intersection, directing the public to houses for sale, provided that:
- Such signs may only be placed with the written permission of the owner of the property, if the owner of the sign is not also the owner of the property on which the sign is being placed, and such writing shall be presented to the County immediately upon request;
- Such signs may not be placed in the right-of-way or within the sight distance triangle at each road intersection;
- Only one such sign is permitted for each street frontage; and
- Such signs may be placed no earlier than 3:30pm on Friday afternoon and removed no later than 7:00pm on the immediately following Sunday evening.
Please be advised that placement within the VDOT right-of-way is prohibited and will result in a fine of no less than $100 per sign. In addition, no signage can be attached to utility poles, trees, street signs, or any other unapproved structure. If you have any questions please contact Tim Wilson, Code Compliance Officer for the Hanover County Planning Department at (804) 365-6171.
Community Meeting Guidelines
It is often recommended that applicants who file a zoning application for rezonings, Conditional Use Permits, or Special Exception Permits arrange a community meeting with surrounding property owners. These meetings are particularly necessary for complex rezoning applications or cases with significant community interest. Hence, the Board of Supervisors has adopted Community Meeting Guidelines intended to assist applicants in organizing and hosting community meetings.
Hanover's Customer Service Initiative
Hanover County’s Development Review team is implementing a new customer service initiative. Our team will help you get through the process, deal with the regulations, find solutions to your problems and meet your timelines. You will have case managers who will help you from beginning to end and we have added a new Project Manager who will seek to resolve all of your problems. Tell us where you need to be, and we will help you get there. Our team will place more focus on customer service by clearly communicating the process and greater use of the County's web page. We are also expanding our use of internal automated permit information systems for departments that are involved in both the discretionary and development review processes.
Check out the Hanover County Development Guide web page for discretionary processes if you need to change the zoning of your property or gain approval from the Board of Supervisors for a particular use specified in the Zoning Ordinance. From the time an application is submitted to final action by the Board of Supervisors, the discretionary process will take 4 months for smaller or “Routine” cases, or 6 months for larger or “Complex” cases; Special Exception applications can be completed within 6 weeks (Routine and Complex case schedule).
Check out the Plan of Development Review web page for site plan, subdivision, and erosion & sediment control review process flowcharts, revised Plan of Development Review Schedules, and site/construction plan acceptance criteria. All projects will be reviewed within 30-45 days. If needed, a meeting will be set up about two weeks after the initial comments have been given. This will allow you and your engineer to review the comments with individual departments and begin resolving issues immediately. You can waive this meeting if you think that it is not needed. For projects that require a re-submittal, our team will review and respond within 7-10 working days if the project is smaller or "Routine" (see sample schedule) and within 15-20 working days if the project is larger or more "Complex" (see sample schedule). We will respond to any subsequent re-submittals within 7-10 days. Some minor revisions to plans will be reviewed within two business days.
Alyssa Halle at the Planning Office (365-6171) can help you schedule a pre-application meeting when you are ready. Mary Pennock is Hanover County’s Project Manager. If you have questions or problems, please call her at 365-6171.