Guiding and Regulating Development

Planning is responsible for guiding and regulating Chesterfield County’s long- and short-term development for the benefit of present and future generations. We manage the county’s comprehensive planning and development review processes, which include site plan, subdivision and zoning.

To submit any Planning applications, please use the Enterprise Land Management (ELM) citizen access portal. View more information about the functions of the ELM Portal.

Other important department functions include general planning assistance for the public, growth and development trends analysis, and inspections for zoning code compliance. We provide information regarding active projects, pending development cases, and frequently requested topics regarding ordinances and policies. Planning makes recommendations on many of these matters to the Board of Supervisors, Planning Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals.

  1. Public Comment

    Virtual Community Meeting - Extension of Public Roads, Subdivision Ordinance Amendment

    Posted on July 22, 2022

    The Planning Department will hold a virtual community meeting on Monday, June 12 at 6 p.m. regarding proposed code amendments to Sections 17-46, 17-51, 17-75 and 17-76 of the Subdivision Ordinance. Learn more...
  2. ZOMod Highlight

    ZOMod Review and Comment: Commercial, Mixed-Use and Employment Districts

    Posted on March 27, 2023

    The second portion of the draft zoning ordinance, covering the Commercial, Mixed-Use and Employment Districts, is now available for review and comment. Additional Info...
  3. Planning Bicycle

    Bikeways and Trails Plan Presentation

    Posted on March 17, 2023

    Learn more about the bikeways and trails plan presentation. Read on...
  4. Enterprise Land Management (ELM)

    Submit an Application Using the ELM Portal

    Posted on October 4, 2021

    Enter the Enterprise Land Management (ELM) Citizen Access Portal. Submit an Application Using the ELM Portal
  5. Public Comment

    Planning Commission Public Comment Form

    Posted on October 4, 2021

    Use the online public comment form for Planning Commission public hearings. Additional Info...
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