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Planning and Community Development
Planning and Community Development

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 Board of Zoning Appeals and the Historic Architecture and Review Board.  The Department reviews plans of development for compliance with various County ordinances and is responsible for enforcement of the County's  subdivision and zoning ordinances.   The department is also the lead agency for implementation of the County's Geographic Information System (GIS).   

The primary goal of the Department is to protect the County's natural resources and quality of life by developing and recommending growth management strategies with emphasis on sound land use development practices.  The department enforces property maintenance code requirements for the safety and welfare of the citizens of Surry.

For a copy of the Surry County Draft Zoning Ordinance, click here.

A copy of the Surry County Comprehensive Plan can be accessed by using the following two links.  (The document is available in two parts due to file size.)
Part A
Part B



The Proposed Hampton Roads Regional Water Supply Plan will be considered at a Public Hearing scheduled on Thursday, September 1, 2011.  The plan is a tool used by permitting agencies, namely, the Virginia Departments of Health and Environmental Quality to (1) manage surface and groundwater resources statewide; (2) evaluate impacts of permittee requests on recreational, habitat, et al; (3) mitigate water quality issues; and (4) avoid conflicts between users.


A link is provided to the FEMA Map Service Center for the purpose of obtaining information about the flood zone designation of properties in the County by using the property address.


For an update on the Surry County Broadband Project, please reference the sub-page listed to the left.