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Planning and Zoning

About the Department

The Planning and Zoning Department's mission is to help guide citizens and developers through the processes of development established by the Mayor and Town Council. The functions of the Planning and Zoning Department include administration of zoning and site development regulations and long-range community planning, in an effort to promote economic prosperity and neighborhood stability.

We help our community attain its long-term vision through comprehensive planning that takes into account the future needs of our citizens and businesses, as well as our natural and built environments. The short-term goals of our community will be achieved through fair and equitable ordinance enforcement and by offering planning assistance to citizens, businesses, and the Town’s elected and appointed officials. We value the quality of life of our citizens, our growing economy, our Town’s rich heritage, and our natural and built environments.

Serving the Community

The Planning and Zoning Department is primarily responsible for current and long-range planning, rezonings, variances, zoning map amendments, and creating, amending, and ensuring compliance with the Zoning Ordinance and the Comprehensive Plan. Staff works with residents and the development community in enhancing the quality of life within the Town. The routine functions of staff include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Taking public inquiries regarding zoning, variances, historic preservation, permits, master plans, and land use
  • Reviewing plans for compliance with zoning and other requirements
  • Issuing zoning verification letters
  • Preparing staff analysis for public hearing applications
  • Preparing legal ads and mailing notices for public hearings

Serving the Mayor, Town Council, Boards and Commissions

The Planning and Zoning Department also serve the Mayor and Town Council, the Planning Commission, the Historic District Review Board, the Board of Zoning Appeals, the Wetlands Board, and the Harbor Area Review Board for the Town of Cape Charles. Information about the Town Council can be found on the Town Council page, and information about the Boards and Commissions can be found on the Boards and Commissions page. 

Online Planning Files

Planning & Zoning


Allyson Finchum
Town Planner & Zoning Administrator

Tracy Outten
Planning Technician
757.331.3259 x24


Municipal Building
Second Floor
2 Plum Street
Cape Charles, VA 23310

Fax: 757-331-4820


Town of Cape Charles - Official Seal  
Town of Cape Charles
2 Plum Street Cape Charles, VA 23310
Phone: (757) 331-3259  |  Fax: (757) 331-4820
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