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Planning & Development

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Arne Glaeser
Director of Planning and Development

300 E. Washington St.
Lexington, VA 24450
T: 540-462-3704
F: 540-463-5310

Hours: Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

The Department of Planning and Development assures that development within the city respects and promotes the heritage, appearance, and exceptional quality of life in the City of Lexington.


The department is responsible for planning for the city, including preparing and updating the Comprehensive Plan, as well as preparing special planning studies such as the Master Plan for Jordan's Point Park, and the plan for the renovation of the city's entrance corridors.

Economic Development Projects

Spotswood Property

VDOT Property

Design Guidelines Project for Lexington Historic Districts

Lexington Historic District Design Guidelines (February 2020) 

City of Lexington Geographic Information System (G.I.S.)

The City of Lexington utilizes an online G.I.S. to show parcel information within the city limits. You can access the City of Lexington's G.I.S. online, or you can visit the Planning and Development Department during normal office hours.

Comprehensive Plan 

The Comprehensive Plan is Lexington's most important document regarding growth, development, and change. It establishes government policy to help guide public and private activities as they relate to land use and resource utilization. The Comprehensive Plan is the basis for land development regulations and decisions (rezonings, conditional use permits), capital improvements (schools, parks, libraries), transportation, environmental and historic resource protection initiatives.

Lexington's Current Comprehensive Plan (adopted 11-5-20)

Comprehensive Plan Presentation for the November 5, 2020 City Council adoption public hearing

What’s new in the Lexington Comprehensive Plan 2040 by Chair Pat Bradley for the joint Comprehensive Plan work session with City Council on October 1, 2020

Zoning Ordinance

The department is also responsible for developing, amending, and enforcing the Zoning Ordinance, Zoning Map, and subdivision regulations. This includes coordinating site plan reviews, conditional use permit requests, design review, and rezoning requests. 

Lexington Zoning Ordinance (amended 7-1-21)

Zoning Map (Adopted 10-05-2017)

Zoning Land Use Matrix (amended 7-1-21)

Subdivision Ordinance 

Helpful Documents:

Planning Commission minutes – discussion of 2021 Zoning Ordinance Amendments

 Short Term Rental Fact Sheet

 Lexington Short Term Rental Application

Mobile Restaurant Fact Sheet

Backyard Chicken Fact Sheet

Backyard Chicken Application


The City of Lexington prohibited the operation of motorized skateboards, scooters, or electric power-assisted bicycles for hire in response to the State imposed deadline of January 1, 2020 in §46.2-1315 of the Code of Virginia. While the City imposed a prohibition, we welcome proposals to provide micro mobility options in Lexington, and the prohibition can be reconsidered based on the quality of any proposal received.

Flood Maps

Should you need information about flood maps, please visit the Federal Emergency Management Agency website. There is a tutorial available, as well as the flood maps for Lexington.

Code Enforcement

The department enforces all building and property maintenance codes which include reviewing plans and specifications for proposed construction, issuing permits, and conducting required inspections.

Housing Programs

The department also manages the city's housing programs. This includes writing and administering grants from federal and state agencies with the emphasis on housing-related issues, including affordable housing. 


Site Plans Applications


Boards & Commissions

The Planning and Development Department provides staff support to the following boards and commissions:

All meeting packets and audio can be found here

Looking for forms and applications? Click here and scroll to the Planning section.