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Since its establishment by the Virginia General Assembly in 1836, Clarke County has valued its land and its people. Clarke County has distinguished itself by proactively conserving its agricultural character, historic resources, and natural environment.

The first elements of the Zoning Ordinance were established in 1960. In 1980, Clarke County implemented a unique form of zoning regulation for rural areas by assigning a limited number of dwelling unit rights (DURs) to every parcel of land. In 1992, the county and Town of Berryville adopted site-specific land-use regulations to provide for additional residential, commercial, and light industrial uses in an annexation area of the town.

These actions are designed to retain land for agricultural use and concentrate homes, services, and jobs. Keeping land for agriculture is key to maintaining its important role in the local economy as well as preserving the natural character the County has enjoyed since its inception. Concentrating development activities allows for the most efficient use of public facilities and services including, roads, schools, and water and sewer service.

The Planning and Zoning Department administers and coordinates all county land-use policies as stated in the Comprehensive Plan and implemented in the Zoning and Subdivision Ordinance. The county also has standards for wells and drain fields to further protect the environment. A key tool for the department is the Geographic Information System (GIS) that assembles all the physical attributes of Clarke County in order to understand the interrelationship of these attributes.

Planning & Zoning
101 Chalmers Ct.
Berryville, VA 22611
(540) 955-5130
(540) 955-5180 (fax)

Monday - Friday
8:30am - 5:00pm

Brandon Stidham
Planning Administrator
(540) 955-5130

Debbie Bean
Administrative Assistant
(540) 955-5132

Ryan Fincham
Zoning Administrator
(540) 955-5131

Alison Teetor
Natural Resource Planner
(540) 955-5134

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