Planning & Zoning
PLANNING
The Planning Commission serves as an advisory board to the Charlotte County Board of Supervisors & is responsible for updating the county's comprehensive plan, reviewing county land use ordinances and evaluating various land use applications.  The Planning Commission meets on the fourth Tuesday of the month at the County Administration Office (250 LeGrande Avenue, Suite A, Charlotte Court House.) Meetings are held at 7:30 pm from March through October.  All other months, meetings begin at 7:00 pm.
 
PLANNING COMMISSION SPECIAL CALLED MEETINGS, PUBLIC HEARINGS & WORK SESSIONS
The Charlotte County Planning Commisison will hold a work session on the comprehensive plan on August 23, 2022 at 6:00 pm at the Charlotte County Administration Office.   The work session will be led by staff from the Commonwealth Regional Council (Planning District #14) and will address survey findings as well as drafts of chapters of the plan.
 
BOARD OF ZONING APPEALS - SPECIAL CALLED MEETINGS, PUBLIC HEARINGS & WORK SESSIONS
The Charlotte County Board of Zoning Appeals will conduct an organizational meeting and public hearing on August 24, 2022 at 6:00 pm at the Charlotte County Administration Office.  Details regarding the public hearing are provided below.
 
Notice of Public Hearing
Charlotte County Board of Zoning Appeals

The Charlotte County Board of Zoning Appeals will conduct a public hearing on Wednesday, August 24, 2022, beginning at 6:00 pm, or as soon thereafter as possible, in the Boardroom of the County Administration Office, 250 LeGrande Avenue, Suite A, Charlotte Court House, Virginia. The Board of Zoning Appeals will hear Penny Reese Fowler’s request for a variance related to the division of a private cemetery from her property located at 785 Roseland Road, Chase City, VA 23924, identified as Parcel 91-A-36. The Board of Zoning Appeals may take action on this request immediately following the hearing or at a subsequent public meeting. Members of the public may provide comments at the hearing or in writing. Written comments can be delivered to the Administration Office; mailed to PO Box 608, Charlotte Court House, VA, 23923; or emailed to publiccomments@charlottecountyva.gov and should identify the subject and commenter’s name & address. Additional application information and livestream access instructions are available at, and may be obtained from, the Charlotte County Administration Office at the address above during normal business hours or by calling 434-542-5117.
 
 
COMPREHENSIVE PLAN UPDATE  & SURVEY
The Charlotte County Planning Commission is currently working on updating the County's comprehensive code in accordance with state code requirementsThe Commonwealth Regional Council (Planning District Office #14) is assisting the Planning Commisison with this important work.

Input from citizens is key to the success of this project. Citizen input has been collected through various means including an initial community meeting that was held on January 31, 2022 and a citizen survey that closed on May 31st.  The information obtained from these two sources will be used to help guide future development in the county.

 
UTILITY-SCALE SOLAR PROJECTS - CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT APPLICATIONS
Recent approved conditional use permit applications for utility-scale solar projects: 
 
Randolph Solar (800 Megawatt Project): 
The Charlotte County Board of Supervisors held their public hearing on the Randolph Solar conditional use permit application on June 1, 2022.  The Board then held a public hearing on the project siting agreement on July 5, 2022, after which the siting agreement and conditional use permit for the project were approved.

2022 Updated Application Materials and Interactive Map are available at:
 https://randolphsolar.solunesco.com/about-the-project/ 

Adjacent Landowner List
ConserveVirginia Maps
Approved Siting Agreement
Approved Project Conditions
 
Tall Pines Solar (240 Megawatt Project):
At their May 24th meeting, the Planning Commission recommended the Board of Supervisors approve Tall Pines Solar with conditions.  On August 2, 2022, the Board of Supervisors conducted public hearings on the application and the proposed siting agreement, after which both were approved.

Staff Report
Conditional Use Permit Application
Project Description
Land Management Plan
Decommissioning Plan
Decommissioning Estimate
Map File (File will take a few minutes to load)
Recommended Conditions - Updated 7/27/2022 to include legal counsel's revised Schedule B
NOVI Energy Density Calculation Letter

Draft Siting Agreement*
Draft Siting Agreement Exhibit C - Easement
 
MEETING INFORMATION

2022 MEETINGS

Meeting Date Time Purpose Packet Minutes Audio
January 25, 2022   7:00 pm  Regular Meeting Packet Minutes Audio
January 31, 2022 6:00 pm Comp Plan Community Meeting Event Flyer    
February 15, 2022 7:00 pm Special Called - Zoning Amendment Recommendation on Homeless Shelters Packet Minutes Audio
February 15, 2022 7:05 pm Public Hearing - Zoning Amendment on Homeless Shelters
February 22, 2022 6:00 pm Work Session - Comp Plan Update Agenda

Packet
Minutes Audio
February 22, 2022 7:00 pm Regular Meeting - CANCELLED      
February 22, 2022 7:05 pm Public Hearing - Campground Conditional Use Permit - CANCELLED / APPLICATION WITHDRAWN Packet    
March 22, 2022 6:00 pm Work Session - Comp Plan Update   Minutes Audio
March 22, 2022 7:30 pm Regular Meeting-CANCELLED  
April 19, 2022 7:00 pm Public Hearing - Randolph Solar Conditional Use Permit
at Randolph-Henry High School
Agenda

Application & Associated Maps
https://randolphsolar.solunesco.com/about-the-project/ 


Staff Report
Adjacent Landowner List
ConserveVirginia Maps
Minutes Audio
April 19, 2022
Immediately following the Public Hearing Special Called Meeting to Consider Randolph Solar Application
at Randolph-Henry High School
April 26, 2022 7:00 pm Public Hearing - Tall Pines Solar Conditional Use Permit
at Randolph-Henry High School
Agenda

Conditional Use Permit Application
Project Description
Land Management Plan
Decommissioning Plan
Decommissioning Estimate
Map File (Takes a few minutes to load)
Staff Report
Staff's Preliminary Conditions
Minutes Audio
April 26, 2022 7:30 pm or as soon thereafter as possible Regular Meeting at Randolph-Henry High School
May 3, 2022 7:00 pm Continuation of the April Meeting at Central Middle School Cafeteria Agenda
Updated Staff Report
Updated Conditions
Minutes Audio
May 24, 2022 7:30 pm Regular Meeting at Randolph- Henry High School Agenda

Packet
Minutes Audio
June 28, 2022 6:30 pm Comp Plan Work Session Packet   Audio
June 28, 2022 7:30 pm Regular Meeting
July 26, 2022 6:00 pm Comp Plan Work Session Packet   Audio
July 26, 2022 7:30 pm Regular Meeting
CANCELLED


   
August 23, 2022 6:00 pm Regular Meeting      
August 23, 2022 7:30 pm Comp Plan Work Session      
September 27, 2022          
October 25, 2022          
November 22, 2022          
December 27, 2022          




2021 Meetings
Meeting Date Time Purpose Packet Minutes Audio
January 26, 2021   Regular Meeting Packet Minutes Audio File
March 4, 2021   Regular Meeting (Postponed from February) Packet
Packet-Solar Comparison
Minutes Audio File
March 23, 2021   Regular Meeting Packet
Packet-Solar Comparison
Minutes Audio File
April 12, 2021   Joint Public Hearing & Special Called - Kunath Conditional Use Permit for event/wedding venue   Minutes Audio
April 27, 2021   Regular Meeting Packet
Packet-Attachment
Minutes Audio File
May 25, 2021   Regular Meeting Packet Minutes Audio File
June 22, 2021 Regular Meeting & Public Hearing on Solar Zoning Amendments Packet Minutes Audio File
July 27, 2021   Regular Meeting Packet Minutes Audio File
August 9, 2021   Joint Public Hearing - Conditional Use Permit for Morgan Lumber Company   Minutes Audio
August 24, 2021   Regular Meeting Packet Minutes Audio File
September 27, 2021   Work Session - Battery Storage & Solar   Minutes Audio File
September 28, 2021   Regular Meeting Packet
Packet-Attachment
Minutes Audio File
October 26, 2021   Regular Meeting - CANCELLED      
November 16, 2021   Regular Meeting Packet Minutes Audio File
December 20, 2021 7:00 pm Regular Meeting Packet Minutes Audio File
December 20, 2021 6:00 pm Comp Plan Work Session


2020 Meetings
Meeting Date Time Purpose Packet Minutes Audio
January 28, 2020   Regular Meeting Packet Minutes No Recording Available*
February 25, 2020 Regular Meeting Packet Minutes No Recording Available*
April 28, 2020   Regular Meeting Packet Minutes Audio File
May 28, 2020   Joint Public Hearings & Special Called-(1) US Cellular Tower
Permit; (2) Zoning Amendments related to Retreats; (3) Developing nonconforming lots; (4) Utility-Scale Solar Proximity to Town; & (5) Utility-Scale Solar Density
  Minutes Audio File
May 28, 2020   Regular Meeting Packet Minutes Audio File
June 23, 2020   Regular Meeting Packet Minutes Audio File
July 28, 2020   Regular Meeting Packet Minutes No Recording Available -
Technical Difficulties
August 25, 2020   Regular Meeting Packet Minutes Audio File
September 8, 2020   Joint Public Hearings & Special Called for Conditional Use Permits Shepherd's Tavern Retreat and Charlotte County Telecommunications Tower   Minutes Audio File
September 22, 2020   Regular Meeting Packet
Packet-Courthouse Solar
Minutes Audio File
October 27, 2020   Regular Meeting Packet
Packet-Maps
Packet-Courthouse Solar
Minutes Audio File
December 15, 2020   Regular Meeting Packet Minutes Audio File

*Prior to April 28, 2020, Planning Commission Meetings were not recorded.  Audio recording was implemented as part of COVID-19 efforts to provide citizens remote access to meetings.
 
PLANNING COMMISSION MEMBERS
DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVE TERM EXPIRES
A - County Seat Andrew Carwile 12/31/23
B - Wylliesburg / Red Oak Miller Adams 12/31/25
C - Drakes Branch Kerwin Kunath 12/31/23
D - Keysville Kenny Howard 12/31/25
E - Cullen / Red House Cornell Goldman 12/31/23
F - Aspen / Phenix Clark Poindexter 12/31/22
G - Bacon / Saxe W.V. Nichols 12/31/23
     
Town of Drakes Branch Eugene Wells, Jr.  
Town of Keysville Jim Benn 12/31/24
Town of Charlotte Court House David Watkins, Jr.  
Town of Phenix Vacant  
     
Representative of the Board of Supervisors Hazel Bowman Smith  

ZONING
Charlotte County's Zoning Administrator works with the Planning Commission and the Board of Zoning Appeals to promote the health, safety, convenience and general welfare of the public through orderly development in the County. Responsibilities of the Zoning Administrator include providing technical assistance to  citizens and businesses and reviewing zoning permit applications, property divisions and subdivision plats to ensure they meet the requirements of all local ordinances.  County Administrator Dan Witt serves as the County's Zoning Administrator

ZONING PERMIT APPLICATIONS, ORDINANCES AND PLANNING DOCUMENTS


Zoning Application
Conditional Use Permit Application
Zoning Ordinance
Subdivision Ordinance
Comprehensive Plan
Building Permit Application (See our Permit webpage for more information)
Water Protection