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Planning and Zoning

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 trumley@ci.martinsville.va.us or smcculloch@ci.martinsville.va.us

The documents are:

Original Zoning Ordinance (to compare)
Final Martinsville Zoning Ordinance Draft - 5-2017
Entrance Corridor Overlay ECO Map - Draft      
Transitional Neighborhood Development Overlay (TND-O) Map - Draft
Historic Preservation Overlay (HP-O) Map - Draft
Zoning Map - Draft
And, a very rough draft:  Martinsville Subdivision Ordinance - Draft


Zoning

Zoning provides the backbone and master plan for Martinsville's overall development. The city's zoning overlay features 16 different types of zoning, most with sub-types used to classify permitted uses.  Proper zoning, supervised and endorsed by the Planning Commission in accord with the city's master development plan, maintains distinct residential, commercial and industrial zones and comfortable buffers between those zones.

The Zoning Ordinance was first adopted in 1964. Since then, many changes have occurred within our city.  The City of Martinsville is progressive and makes changes to the ordinance as needed.  The City of Martinsville is divided into 13 different zoning categories according to the predominate land uses, size of lots and types of businesses existing in the various areas.

Residentially zoned properties (R-6, R-9, R-16 R-P) are primarily residential homes with different lot size and set back requirements.  (Set-backs are the distance a structure must be from property lines or right-of-ways.)  Professional districts are primarily for professional offices. Commercial districts are for retail businesses both neighborhood oriented and regional.  Most of these sites are along major roadways throughout the city. Industrial districts are for light and heavy manufacturing.  All zones have restrictions for the types of businesses, parking and landscaping.

Although the Zoning Ordinance is long and somewhat complex, the City staff is ready and able to answer questions you may have before you start your next project.

For more information on rezonings, special use permits, and zoning code amendments, please contact: 

  • Tonya D. Rumley
    Zoning Enforcement Specialist
    276-403-5380
  • Susan McCulloch
    Community Planner/Zoning Administrator 
    276-403-5156

Zoning & Land Use Information

Zoning Ordinance
Zoning Map
Future Land Use Map


Downloadable Forms

Application & Permit for Home Occupation
Application for Sign Permit
Application for Variance - Board of Zoning Appeals
Application for Special Use Permit
Application for Rezoning
Application for Alleyway or Street Abandonment