Community Development and Planning

Government Center Building
1 Government Center Place, Suite A
Abingdon VA, 24210

The Department of Community Development and Planning is responsible for working with the citizens of Washington County, the development community, Boards and Commissions, and elected officials to manage current and long range planning efforts.  The Department will manage the County’s Comprehensive Planning Program and will provide technical assistance to other County departments, the Planning Commission, Board of Zoning Appeals and Board of Supervisors with respect to any trends, events, and emerging issues significant to land use planning in Washington County.



Phone: (276) 525-1300
Fax: (276) 525-1309
Office Hours: Weekdays 8:00am – 5:00pm

Our Comprehensive Plan

The Washington County Comprehensive Plan (2015) was adopted by the Board of Supervisors on April 14, 2015.  The adoption of the plan concluded almost two years of work on project.  Many meetings were held to discuss the plan, from community meetings throughout the county, Planning Commission work sessions, and public hearings.  The result of this hard work is long range planning document, or blueprint, to help manage growth, guide development, and implement the community’s vision for the future.

What is a comprehensive plan?

A comprehensive plan is Washington County’s blueprint for the future.  Once adopted, it may be used as a guide for elected and public officials and provide the framework for evaluating future land use and public investment proposals.  Although it is required by the Code of Virginia, the comprehensive plan can be so much more to the county!  Preparation of the Plan gives the public the chance to work with county leaders and staff to create a vision for development.

The comprehensive plan may address some of the following issues: land use, transportation, parks and recreation, natural and cultural resources, infrastructure (water and sewer), housing and economic development.

Youth Activities

Washington County is in the process of updating the twenty year comprehensive plan and all members of the community— citizens, elected and appointed officials, people involved in designing and building developments and our YOUTH – can play a meaningful part in the process!  We are calling the process “PLAN•Washington County”.

Today’s children will inherit the communities that we plan and it is in our best interest to consult with them on what they hope the future will look like! There are several ways for young people to be involved in the process:

1. Attend a community meeting with Mom & Dad! A “Kid’s Table” will be provided at each community meeting.

2. Participate in the “Youth Contest”.

3. Go on a “Plan•Washington County” Scavenger Hunt!

Community Meetings

No Meetings are currently scheduled at this time.  Please check back periodically for updates.

Meeting In A Box

Meeting-In-A-Box is a participation tool which was designed to be self-guided and could be individually hosted by any business, church, service organization or neighborhood group. The group can choose the any time and location convenient for all!  If you are interesting in hosting a meeting or for questions about Meeting-In-A-Box, please contact Cherith Marshall at 276-525-1345 or

 Comprehensive Plan Notification