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Posted on: February 12, 2020

User Experience and Public Engagement Focus of Revitalized Pending Zoning Case Status Webpage

Planning Department

Feb. 12, 2020

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, VA — Citizens will now have the ability to search the status of pending zoning cases in a manner focused on user experience and increased public engagement.   

The revitalized webpage details important information about zoning case applications, such as the applicant, the county case manager assigned to the case, a summary of the project, contact information for the zoning team and a map showing the proposed location of the project.

Additionally, the new user experience includes a visualized representation of the six stages of county review and approval for zoning application and, for each individual case, indicates which stage the case is currently in. The six stages are: Application Review, Technical Review Committee, Community Meeting, Staff Report Preparation, Chesterfield Planning Commission Hearing and Board of Supervisors Hearing.

A description of each stage is also available on the webpage, as is an interactive, county-wide map view of all pending zoning cases that utilizes geographic information system (GIS) mapping.

“In order to provide citizens with up-to-date information on active zoning cases, the Chesterfield County Planning Department launched new webpages in September of 2019 as part of a public engagement process,” said Planning Director Andy Gillies. “The Pending Zoning Case Status page allows citizens to see the current status of all active zoning cases, and the separate Case Detail pages for each case provide more detailed information.”

Said Gillies, “These customer-focused pages provide an easy understanding of the current status of all active zoning cases, which is a first in the Richmond metro region.”

The Chesterfield County Department of Planning is responsible for managing the county’s comprehensive planning and development review processes, including site plan, subdivision and zoning. It is also responsible for general planning assistance for the public, growth and development trends analysis and inspections for zoning code compliance. The department makes recommendations on these matters to the Board of Supervisors, Planning Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals.

For more information about the Department of Planning’s work and the Pending Zoning Case Status webpage, visit the department’s homepage.

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