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Planning & Development

Contact Us

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

COMPREHENSIVE PLAN UPDATE: Lexington is about to begin the process of updating the Comprehensive Plan. A Kick-Off Workshop will be held on March 8, 2018, at Marshall Hall on the campus of VMI. Stay tuned for more information, and subscribe here to receive news on the update via email. Notes submitted by staff for the Planning Commission meeting on Thursday, February 22, 2018 can be viewed here

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, Zoning Map, and subdivision regulations. This includes coordinating site plan reviews, conditional use permit requests, design review, and rezoning requests.

Zoning Ordinance (Adopted 10-05-2017)

Zoning Map (Adopted 10-05-2017)

Zoning Land Use Matrix (Adopted 10-05-2017)

Subdivision Ordinance

Helpful Documents:

Short Term Rental Fact Sheet

Mobile Restaurant Regulations

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 include 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:

All meeting packets and audio can be found here

Looking for forms and applications? Click here and scroll to the Planning section.