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Planning & Development

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Arne Glaeser
Director of Planning and Development

300 E. Washington St.
Lexington, VA 24450
T: 540-462-3704
F: 540-463-5310

The Department of Planning and Development assures that development within the city respects and promotes the heritage, appearance, and exceptional quality of life in the City of Lexington.


The department is responsible for planning for the city, including preparing and updating the Comprehensive Plan, as well as preparing special planning studies such as the Master Plan for Jordan's Point Park, the action plan for restoration of Wood's Creek, and the plan for the renovation of the city's entrance corridors.

City of Lexington Geographic Information System (G.I.S.)

The City of Lexington utilizes an online G.I.S. to show parcel information within the city limits. You can access the City of Lexington's G.I.S. online, or you can visit the Planning and Development Department during normal office hours.

Comprehensive Plan

The Comprehensive Plan is Lexington's most important document regarding growth, development and change. It establishes government policy to help guide public and private activities as they relate to land use and resource utilization. The Comprehensive Plan is the basis for land development regulations and decisions (rezonings, conditional use permits), capital improvements (schools, parks, libraries), transportation, environmental and historic resource protection initiatives.

Zoning Ordinance

The department is also responsible for developing, amending, and enforcing the Zoning Ordinance, Chapter 420, and subdivision regulations (including updating the Zoning Map). This includes coordinating site plan reviews, conditional use permit requests, design review, and rezoning requests.

2016 - 2017 Update - The Lexington Planning Commission and Staff are examining the Zoning Ordinance for an update to occur in 2016 - 2017 using two tools: Zoning Use Matrix and Draft Definitions.

August 10, 2017 work session presentation to City Council

Draft “Strike-through and Underlined” Zoning Ordinance for the September 7, 2017 City Council Public Hearing

Draft “Clean” Zoning Ordinance for the September 7, 2017 City Council Public Hearing

Draft “Strike-Through and Underlined” Lexington Land Use Matrix for the September 7, 2017 City Council Public Hearing

Draft "Clean" Zoning Ordinance Lexington Land Use Matrix for the September 7, 2017 City Council Public Hearing

Zoning Ordinance 2016-17 Update Timeline

Short Term Rental Regulations Cheat Sheet: 4-3-17

Proposed Residential Zoning Map (for the proposed short term rental regulations)

Proposed Zoning Map

Proposed Zoning Changes

Proposed Future Land Use Map

Existing Zoning Map (2010)

Flood Maps

Should you need information about flood maps, please visit the Federal Emergency Management Agency website. There is a tutorial available, as well as the flood maps for Lexington.

Code Enforcement

The department enforces all building and property maintenance codes which includes reviewing plans and specifications for proposed construction, issuing permits, and conducting required inspections.

Housing Programs

The department also manages the city's housing programs. This includes writing and administering grants from federal and state agencies with the emphasis on housing related issues, including affordable housing. 

Boards & Commissions

The Planning and Development Department provides staff support to the following boards and commissions: