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. Mr. Knox also oversees the Housing Office, which administers rental assistance programs and moderate rehabilitation. Susan McCulloch is the Community Planner, 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.
To see the newly approved Historic Property Design Guidelines, click here.
For information about obtaining a building permit, please visit the Inspections page.
Save Our Treasure - This Treasure Matters (Historic Henry County Courthouse)
The Martinsville-Henry County Historical Society has joined others throughout the country, who have been recipients of the Save America's Treasures grant, in showing community support for historic preservation. The Historic Henry County Courthouse has received $93,000 to contribute to the restoration of the building. Future SAT funding has been stopped. By showing that "This Treasure Matters" to our communities, it is an effort to reinstate the funds. Statistics show that restoration of historic properties create jobs during the rehabilitation work and afterwards as the building is reused. It, also, brings in heritage tourism which can make a big economic impact on a community.
Uptown Master Planning:
The Uptown Martinsville Physical Improvements Plan by Land Planning Design Associates is complete! Thank you for all of your help and input. The City of Martinsville is in the process of applying for a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for the Fayette Street/Courthouse Square area in Uptown.
Uptown Martinsville Graphics - LPDA
Process: Land Planning Design Associates - Presentation to the Planning Commission and November 12, 2009 public/stakeholder meetings is available here.
Local Historic District information:
Document (from the National Park Service) The Benefits of Local Historic Districts.