Community Development

NEWS: Planning Commission Notice of Public Hearings

The Town of Altavista Planning Commission will hold a public hearings on Monday, February 6, 2023, beginning at 5:00 pm concerning the following requests:

REZONING CASE RZ-23-01: A request of Glenn & Deborah Berger to rezone 1.39± acres from M, Industrial to C-2, General Commercial. The subject property is located at 3326 Lynch Mill Rd and is identified as Parcel ID 69-A-65A.

ORDINANCE AMENDMENT OA-23-01: An ordinance to amend Sec. 86-32 Use Types of the Zoning Ordinance to amend the definition of hospital to add “This use type shall not include facilities operated for the treatment of drug addiction or substance abuse”.

ORDINANCE AMENDMENT OA-23-02: An ordinance to amend Sec. 86-352(5) of the Zoning Ordinance to authorize hospitals in the C-2 (General Commercial) Zoning District with a Special Use Permit.

ORDINANCE AMENDMENT OA-23-03: An ordinance to amend Sec. 86-382(6) of the Zoning Ordinance to delete Resource Extraction as a permitted use in the M (Industrial) Zoning District and to amend Sec. 86-566 to delete the parking requirement for the use.

The meeting will be held within Council Chambers, Town Hall, 510 7th St, Altavista, VA 24517.  A copy of the related material may be examined in the Community Development office in Town Hall between 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday. All interested persons shall have the opportunity to be heard at said public hearings.  Anyone needing assistance or accommodation under the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act should call Town Hall at (434) 369-5001 at least five (5) days in advance of the public hearing.

Sharon D. Williams, AICP, Community Development Director

2045 Comprehensive Plan Adopted

The Town of Altavista has updated its Comprehensive Plan! This Plan acts as a general, long-range guide concerning the overall growth and development of the town for local decision-makers for the next 20 years. In short, it is the town’s vision.
2045 Comprehensive Plan

Scope of the Department

Staff from the Department of Community Development are responsible for the day-to-day administration of the Town of Altavista's land use ordinances and policies.  The area of work includes zoning,  code enforcement, and subdivision of land.  This department reviews zoning permits, site plans, plats, works with the community to update the Comprehensive Plan, and creates plans and studies at the direction of Town Council.

It provides technical support to the Planning Commission, Board of Zoning Appeals, and Town Council. The department’s duties are described below.

Current Planning (Development Administration)

Staff is responsible for the administration and enforcement of the Zoning and Subdivision Ordinances. Tasks associated with the administration of these ordinances include the processing of subdivision proposals, site plans, rezoning applications, special use permit (SUP) applications, and variances. Staff also responds to general inquiries and other requests. The department serves as the primary staff contact for the Planning Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals and provides support to the Town Council as needed or requested.

Long-Range Planning (Project/Policy Development and Management)

Planning recommendations are routinely provided to the Planning Commission and the Town Council on a wide array of issues. Strategic and long-term planning begins with the preparation and implementation of the Comprehensive Plan; associated Comprehensive Plan or zoning text amendments; and other local projects. These planning documents provide the foundation for many of the land use and budgetary decisions implemented by the Town of Altavista.

Staff also works with regional and state agencies to address transportation issues and other matters of regional and/or statewide significance, including the Transportation Technical Committee (TTC) for the Central Virginia Planning District Commission (CVPDC).

Code Compliance
Code compliance helps ensure that the Town of Altavista’s zoning regulations are enforced consistently and equitably.

A variety of code issues are reported to the department, including zoning violations, tall grass, nuisances, and environmental concerns.

Violations are investigated as complaints from the public are received.

Under the Code of Virginia the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of complainants furnished in confidence with respect to an investigation of individual zoning enforcement complaints or complaints relating to the Uniform Statewide Building Code (§ 36-97 et seq.) or the Statewide Fire Prevention Code (§ 27-94 et seq.) made to a local governing body are confidential.

The department uses a variety of tools to complete its duties. The two documents that are used most frequently are the:

Altavista 2045 Comprehensive Plan
The Zoning Ordinance

Contact the Community Development Director:
Sharon D. Williams, AICP
510 7th Street
Altavista, VA 24517
Phone: (434) 369-5001, x-103
Fax: (434) 369-4369

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