Growth is inevitable and desirable, but destruction of community character is not. The question is not whether your part of the world is going to change. The question is how." - Edward T. McMahon

Responsibilities of the Current Planning Team include coordination, review, and analysis of development applications requiring discretionary review, including rezoningsspecial use permits, and variances. The Current Planning Team prepares staff reports and makes presentations to the Board of Supervisors, Planning Commission, and Board of Zoning Appeals, under the supervision and direction of the department Director. Additionally, the Current Planning Team coordinates the review and approval of subdivision plats.

Other Responsibilities of the Current Planning Team include:

Conducts pre-application conferences with applicants and developers to review conceptual development plans and relevant local and state planning and zoning regulations.

Supervises and manages the application process for various land use and development applications, including application submittal, advertising, and public notification requirements.

Coordinates and conducts Development Review Team meetings; collects and synthesizes comments from various local and state agencies related to pending land use and development applications.

Oversees updating of the county's official zoning map, including associated proffers and conditions.

Should there be any questions or concerns regarding rezoning, special use permits, variances or regulations, citizens should contact Terrance Harrington, Senior Planner at 540-483-3027, Ext. 2430 or by email at

Planning & Community Dev.
1255 Franklin Street
Suite 103
Rocky Mount, VA 24151

Phone: 540-483-3027


Steve Sandy, Director
Email: Steve Sandy

Lisa Cooper/Principal Planner
Long Range Planning
Email: Lisa Cooper


Terrance Harrington
Senior Planner/Current Planning
Email: Terry Harrington


Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm