Development Application Process

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Development Administration

The town's Development Administration staff reviews all subdivision and site plans for conformance with the Zoning Ordinance and Subdivision Ordinance to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the general public. Rezoning requests and conditional use permit requests are coordinated by staff for further evaluation and review by the Planning Commission and the Town Council. If proposed projects are located in the town’s Historic District, review by the Historical or Design Review Board is also coordinated by staff.

All development submittals must include the appropriate application and application fee, five sets of plans, a list of adjacent property owners, (if any), and Erosion & Sediment Control/Stormwater Narratives if required. These are the required items in addition to whatever information the zoning administrator may request for an individual project.

Development submittals may also require a pre-submittal meeting. Rezonings/CUPs and ROW vacations are due by the first of the month to be considered for the next month.

Engineering Site and Subdivision Checklist (PDF) - Required with all development review applications if certain conditions apply.

VDOT Traffic Impact Analysis (TIA) Application (PDF)

Plan Submittal Receipt (PDF)



A subdivision is any division of land into two or more parts.

  • A Minor Subdivision contains five or fewer lots.
  • A Major Subdivision contains six or more lots.
  • A Lot Line Adjustment, (or Boundary Line Adjustment), is moving the lot line so that one lot becomes bigger or smaller than another.
  • A Lot Line Vacation removes a lot line so that two lots become one larger lot.
  • The application is the same for all of these development requests and the fees are as follows:
    • Minor Subdivision - $500
    • Major Subdivision - $1000
    • Lot Line Adjustment/Vacation - $300

Subdivision Application (PDF)

Site Plans

  • A site plan is a graphic representation of a proposed development project. It shows the location of all proposed and existing buildings, parking lots, water and sewer facilities, landscaping and any other site improvements. Site plans are required for most development except individually developed single-family and two-family homes. They are necessary to determine whether a proposed building project is consistent with all town land development regulations.
  • Plans must show a site dimensional plan, landscaping, utilities, grading, lighting, erosion and sediment control plans, and construction details. Two copies of a storm water management plan that includes runoff calculations and a set of architectural elevations for the proposed structures.
  • Fee for site plan is $500.

Site Plan Application (PDF)


  •  A rezoning is a change in the zoning district designation for a property which regulates allowable land uses. The applicant may voluntarily proffer, in writing, reasonable conditions prior to the public hearing. The rezoning itself should give rise to the conditions and the conditions should have a reasonable relation to the rezoning. All conditions shall be in conformity with the Comprehensive Plan. Any proffer statements must be included in the application.
  • Rezoning fee is $1500. Rezoning of PR, (Planned Residential), is $2000 and an amendment to PR is $1000.

Rezoning Application (PDF) 

Conditional Use Permit

A conditional use permit allows for certain land uses in a given zoning district that generally require a more in depth study than by-right uses.

  • To receive a conditional use permit, the applicant must demonstrate that the proposed use will be in conformity with the statement of intent of the specific district in which it will be located and the Comprehensive Plan. The applicant must also show that the proposed use will not have an adverse impact on the surrounding neighborhood or area.
  • The conditional use permit application fee and/or an amendment to an existing special use permit application are both $500.

Conditional Use Permit (PDF)

Zoning Variances and Appeals


  • A variance is a provision in the Zoning Ordinance which allows an applicant to depart from the standard rules of the Zoning Ordinance.
  • The Board of Zoning Appeals may grant a variance if the applicant can prove the following items:
    • Because of special conditions associated with the property, such as exceptional topographic conditions, the strict application of the Zoning Ordinance would effectively prohibit or unreasonably restrict the use of the property
    • OR- due to the condition or development of immediately adjacent property, the strict application of the Zoning Ordinance would effectively prohibit or unreasonably restrict the use of the property.
  • If the board finds that a hardship does exist, they must then consider the following before granting a variance:
    • That the strict application of the Zoning Ordinance cannot be applied in this case.
    • That the hardship is not shared generally by other property in the same zoning district and the same vicinity.
    • That the authorization of such variance will not be of substantial detriment to adjacent property and that the character of the district will not be changed by the granting of a variance.

Before filing for a variance, it is recommended you discuss your situation with a member of the Planning and Building Department. A solution may be discovered without the use of a variance.

  • The cost to apply for a variance to the Board of Zoning Appeals is $250.

Variance Application (PDF)


  • A zoning appeal to the Board of Zoning Appeals may be filed when the decision or determination made by the zoning administrator is questioned.
  • Appeals may be filed within 30 days of a zoning administrator's decision.
  • After making an application to appeal a decision, a public hearing will be conducted at a regular Board of Zoning Appeals meeting, (every second Wednesday of the month as needed). The Board of Zoning Appeals must decide if the zoning administrator correctly interpreted the Zoning Ordinance and a final decision is rendered by vote of the board.
  • The cost to apply for a Zoning Appeal to the Board of Zoning Appeals is $250.

Appeal Application (PDF)

Determine if your proposed project is located within the Blacksburg Historic District.

For more information, contact the Planning and Building Department at 540-443-1300

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