Planning and Development

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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

Design Guidelines Project for Lexington Historic Districts

Lexington Historic District Design Guidelines (amended 12-1-2022)

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.

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.

Ordinance 2024-01: Regulations for Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) adopted 2-15-2024


Helpful Documents

Note Regarding Operation of Motorized Skateboards, Scooters, or Electric Power-Assisted Bicycles:
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.

Threshold & Planning Commission Joint Housing Educational Session - November 17, 2021

Youtube Video | DropBox Audio

Threshold & Planning Commission Joint Housing Educational Session - May 25, 2022

Youtube Video | DropBox Audio

Preliminary Subdivision Applications

Site Plan Applications

Conditional Use Permit Applications

CUP 2024-02: 2 South Main Street

Campus Master Plans (I-1 Zoning District)

Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan

Green Infrastructure Initiative

Boards & Commissions

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

All Meeting Packets and Audio

Planning Forms and Applications

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