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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.

Design Guidelines Project for Lexington Historic Districts

Lexington Historic District Design Guidelines Draft 07-18-2019 

City of Lexington Design Guidelines Public Workshop Presentation 06-20-19


The Lexington Planning Department has initiated a project to create design guidelines for the historic districts and to assist the Architectural Review Board (ARB) and staff in administering the design review process in the districts. Your opinions and insights as a property owner, resident, or visitor is an important component in this project. Thank you for your participation in helping improve the preservation of Lexington’s historic resources.


This questionnaire will take approximately ten minutes to complete. For questions that have a numerical scale evaluation, please select the number that most closely corresponds to your answer. If you do not know the answer to a question, please select "Don't Know" at the end of each question. If the question does not apply to your situation, please select "N/A". Please print, complete and either bring or mail the form to:

City of Lexington

c/o Planning and Development Department

300 East Washington Street

Lexington, VA 24450

Please access the questionnaire here:

Lexington Historic Districts' Public Input Questionnaire

Thank you very much for your cooperation in this project. 

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

COMPREHENSIVE PLAN UPDATE: Lexington is currently updating the Comprehensive Plan. Learn more here.

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

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.

Proposed annual amendment to the Lexington Zoning Ordinance (2018)

Lexington Zoning Ordinance (amended 9-5-19)

Zoning Map (Adopted 10-05-2017)

Zoning Land Use Matrix (Adopted 03-21-2019)

Subdivision Ordinance

Chicken Regulations (final draft 08-05-2019)

Helpful Documents:

 Short Term Rental Fact Sheet
Lexington Short Term Rental Application
Mobile Restaurant Fact Sheet


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.