The Martinsville Community Development offices develop and administer plans, ordinances, and programs to promote the public health, safety, and welfare of present and future City residents.

The department maintains and updates the City's Comprehensive Plan; administers Zoning and Subdivision Ordinances; coordinates federal and state grant applications for community development projects; and provides staff support to City Council, the Planning Commission, Board of Zoning Appeals, Tree Board, and Architectural Review Board.  The department also collects data and provides information for policy development relating to economic development, transportation, affordable housing, and environmental planning.

The Director of Community Development is  Wayne D. P. Knox.  Susan McCulloch is the Community Planner/Zoning Administrator, Tonya D. Rumley is the Zoning Enforcement Specialist.

To contact the office, call 276-403-5380, 276-403-5156 or visit Room 217 of 55 W. Church Street, Martinsville.


For information about obtaining a building permit, please visit the Inspections page.


Zoning Ordinance Update:

Since 2013, the City's Planning Commission and staff have been working with The Cox Company to complete a comprehensive zoning ordinance update. Please offer your comments and suggestions to

The documents are:

Cox Company Presentation to PC - Zoning Ordinance Update 7-21-16

Original Zoning Ordinance (to compare): 

Final Martinsville Zoning Ordinance Draft - 6-2016     

Entrance Corridor Overlay ECO Map - Draft       Transitional Neighborhood Development Overlay (TND-O) Map - Draft

Historic Preservation Overlay (HP-O) Map - Draft      

Latest Zoning Map - Draft - January 2017

And, a very rough draft:  Martinsville Subdivision Ordinance - Draft


Community Development Projects


  • Northside CDBG (neighborhood)
  • Brownfields Assessment Grant
  • Zoning Ordinance Update
  • Partnership with Piedmont Arts Association for a National Endowment for the Arts Our Town Grant for the Piedmont Public Art Garden
  • Uptown Martinsville Business District Revitalization - VA DHCD Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) 
  • Partnership with the Piedmont Health District and MHC Coalition for Health & Wellness for a Complete Streets program
  • Partnership with the Artisan Center of Virginia and stakeholders to establish the Smith River Artisan Trail
  • M-HC Enterprise Zone Designation Application - Approved October 2015
  • New College Institute - Building on Baldwin
  • The Henry Hotel adaptive reuse project - complete


Uptown Master Plan:

The Uptown Martinsville Physical Improvements Plan by Land Planning Design Associates is below. 

Other News:

Local Historic District information: