Planning & Zoning FAQs
- What can I do with my land?
The county has a Request for Information or Division review form that should be filled out completely. This form is how we begin to research your question(s) and then contact you with answers as quickly as possible. By using the Geographic Information System (GIS), you can search for your property's tax map parcel number and zoning from at home or work. You can also use the GIS system when you visit the Community Development Center on the main floor of the Louisa County Office Building.
- I have an idea for developing my land. Can I do it?
For these questions, not only does Community Development staff need the tax map parcel number, zoning, and other relevant information, but we also need a concept plan or well developed sketch in order to evaluate whether a proposed subdivision meets the regulations for that zoning district. This kind of question may also require a meeting with staff, but the information must first be provided to the department in order to schedule a meeting. Community Development staff has meetings on a weekly basis to provide guidance to prospective land developers, but staff cannot effectively provide this assistance without the information needed to research the proposal prior to meeting with a customer.
- How can I request a zoning determination or confirmation letter?
To request a zoning determination or confirmation letter, please complete the Request for Zoning Determination or Confirmation form and submit it to:
Louisa County Community Development Department
Attention: Zoning Administrator
1 Woolfolk Avenue, Suite 201
Louisa, Virginia 23093
Or by email to: PlanningZoning@louisa.org
The fee of $100.00 is due at the time the request is submitted. Requests for paper or digital plan copies may result in additional fees.
Checks should be made payable to Louisa County.
If the request is emailed, the fee payment must be received before the zoning determination or confirmation letter will be prepared and released.
- How can I divide my land?
To answer this common question, we need as much information as possible beginning with the tax map parcel number, the zoning, and any other relevant information. Often, a person wants to do a family division which is strictly defined by the Code of Virginia, and only one family division per family member (as defined) is allowed. Land may also be divided into 1 or 2 additional lots without triggering subdivision ordinance regulations, if the property meets minimum acreage and existing state road frontage requirements. Health Department and Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) requirements are the responsibility of the land owner and are handled separately from the County's plat approval process for divisions. Any division of land into 3 or more lots is considered a subdivision and will require the development of VDOT specification roads for subdivisions. Health Department and VDOT entrance requirements are also necessary prior to developing property, but these reviews are handled as part of the subdivision plat review process.