Planning and Zoning

The Town Planner assists the Council in developing policy for the orderly growth and development of the town and enforces the adopted land use and zoning regulations. There are three areas of focus for Town Planning: Comprehensive Planning which maintains a current and viable Town Plan that strives to find a balance between preserving the Town’s history and heritage while at the same time working to achieve the vision of the Town. Current planning reviews subdivision plats, development plans, boundary line adjustments and boundary line vacations for compliance with town regulations; and Zoning processes rezoning and special use permit applications, zoning permits for new construction, additions, accessory structures, interior alterations, pools, etc. The planner also issues sign permits, temporary use permits, home occupation permits and trailer permits. The planner also signs off on certificates of occupancy issued by Frederick County.

The Town Planner inspects all construction sites, ordinance violations, bond processing/release and proffered conditions in order to ensure that development conforms with town regulations and to ensure protection of public health, safety and general welfare.

In addition the Town Planner staffs the Planning Commission, Historic Preservation Committee, Board of Zoning Appeals.


Fee Schedule: Fee Schedule (pdf)
Comprehensive Plan: Maps:

Existing Land Use
Future Land Use
Bikeways and Trails Plan
Joint Future Land Use Plan
Future Conceptual Sketches of Stephens City
Southern Growth Area Conceptual Drawing

Zoning Ordinance: Zoning Ordinance (pdf)

Zoning Map (pdf)

Subdivision Ordinance: Subdivision Ordinance (pdf)
Rezoning Application: Rezoning Brochure (pdf)
  Rezoning Application (pdf)
Special Use Permit: Special Use Permit Application Brochure (pdf)
  Special Use Permit Application (pdf)
Subdivision: Minor Subdivision Brochure (pdf)
  Major Subdivision Brochure (pdf)
  Subdivision Application (pdf)
Land Disturbance Permit: Land Disturbance Permit Commercial (pdf)
  Land Disturbance Permit Residential (pdf)

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