Resources:
Building Construction & Inspection Department – (804) 501-4360
The Permit Center – (804) 501-7280
Real Data System or
Interactive Voice Response(IVR) – (804) 755-7380 (TDD) 804-501-5011
View POD Comments
  1. What is a Plan of Development?
  2. When is a Plan of Development necessary?
  3. What do I need in order to apply for POD approval?
  4. After I submit my plan to The Permit Center, how can I find out when it will be reviewed?
  5. What procedure is required to obtain Plan of Development approval?
  6. How can I find out if my POD plan has been signed?
  7. What do I need to post a bond? Can I use a letter of credit and how do I go about that?
  8. How can I reduce my bond?
  9. Do I have to apply for a Special Use Permit?

What is a Plan of Development?
A Plan of Development (POD) is a multiphase process during which the applicant submits for review and approval drawings of a property that depict proposed building layout, water and sewer lines, roads, drainage, landscaping and other necessary improvements. The proposed use of the property must be permitted by the current zoning classification. The original phase of the POD process includes a public hearing before the Planning Commission for approval of the overall site development layout and buildings. Subsequent phases of the project, including construction plan approval and building permit approval for the structures, are reviewed and approved administratively by staff.

 

When is a Plan of Development necessary?
A POD is generally required for:

  • multifamily dwellings; hotels, hospitals and medical facilities, banks and savings and loan institutions, office buildings containing more than 5,000 square feet of floor area, automobile service stations, drive-in restaurants, airports, fairgrounds and amusement parks
  • any development when parking spaces are to be used by more than one establishment
  • any development adjacent to or with entrances or exits to or from a four-lane street
  • residential townhouses for sale (RTH)

The POD review process was implemented to ensure that certain types of development meet the applicable requirements of the zoning ordinance, to state the specific additional requirements applicable to the development of certain uses, to prescribe standards for the preparation and submission of PODs, to provide a method of notifying adjoining property owners, to promote traffic safety and to protect the quality of state waters. All actions on PODs are taken at public hearings.

The Board of Supervisors acts on all PODs dealing with publicly owned facilities while the Planning Commission acts on all other developments requiring a POD.

 

What do I need in order to apply for POD approval?
You will, basically, need the following:

  • The completed application form and checklist, with all required signatures
  • The number of detailed site plans stated on the application
  • The number of architectural elevations and floor plans stated in the application
  • The filing fee, determined based on the acreage of project

BUT, before formally submitting the necessary documents for POD approval, you should call (804) 501-4602 for an appointment visit the Planning Department (Administration Building, Government Center, 4301 East Parham Road) and review your proposal, preliminarily to determine the particular requirements for your project.

 

After I submit my plan to The Permit Center, how can I find out when it will be reviewed?
If the plan is a POD and it has come in for the first time, you will be notified by the Planning Department who your assigned Planner will be, and a staff developer meeting will be scheduled to review the plan comments with you.

 

What procedure is required to obtain a POD approval?

  1. County Staff Review: Before the request is heard by the Board of Supervisors or the Planning Commission, the plans are distributed to members of the county staff for review and comment. Prior to the public hearing, a meeting is held between the applicant and/or his representative and the county staff to discuss the proposal in relation to the departmental comments.
  2. Planning Commission Review: The Planning Department staff presents the proposal to the Planning Commission. The applicant and/or his representative then have the opportunity to respond to the proposal. Anyone else present who is interested in the proposal will also have an opportunity to speak.Following discussion of the proposal, the Planning Commission takes action in one of four ways: by granting approval as submitted, by granting approval with revisions and/or conditions, by denial or by deferral of the request.If the development plan is for a publicly owned facility (school, library, park), the procedure is the same except that the public meeting is held by the Board of Supervisors.
  3. If the request is approved, the applicant revises the plan as necessary and submits the number of sets detailed in the Plans for Signature application, revised in accordance with the approval, to The Permit Center. The Planning staff will coordinate the review of the revised plans and will route the revised plans to the secretary of the Planning Commission or the county manager, to the Public Utilities Department and to the Public Works Department for approval signatures, once the plans are finalized.

Once these signatures are affixed, the applicant uses these plans to apply for building permit approval. For more information you can call the Planning Department at (804) 501-4602 or look at their website .

 

How can I find out if my POD plan has been signed?
Once the final 21 sets of construction plans have been submitted to Planning, the plans are signed first by Planning, second by Public Utilities and last by the Public Works Department. The project engineer will be notified by the Public Works Department that the plans have been signed, and the Planning Department will send an approval letter. You may contact your reviewer from each division to determine where the plans are in the signature process.

 

What do I need to post a bond? Can I use a letter of credit and how do I go about that?
You will need to call the Planning Department at (804) 501-4602.
How can I reduce my bond?
You will need to call the Planning Department at (804) 501-4602.

 

Do I have to apply for a Special Use Permit?
You should call the Code Administration Division at (804) 501-4602.