Brunswick staff and elected leaders have begun the process of updating the county’s Zoning and Subdivision ordinances and are seeking input from residents.

Many tools help to shape the growth of Virginia communities, but three of the most important are Comprehensive Plans, Zoning Ordinances, and Subdivision Ordinances. The Comprehensive Plan is an overall vision and strategy for the next 20 years, while Zoning and Subdivision Ordinances contain the laws that govern how land can be divided and used.

Brunswick County last updated its Comprehensive Plan in 2017 with the help of citizen input. In 2021 Brunswick is updating its Zoning and Subdivision Ordinances to ensure that these regulations point the County in the direction of its desired future.

The 2017 Comprehensive Plan’s vision states:

“In 2037, Brunswick County, the home of famous Brunswick Stew, will be a regional leader in small business development, progressive industry, livable neighborhoods, sustainable agriculture, and extraordinary tourism experiences. The County will be a destination for specialized commerce and employment with thriving business parks and downtown business districts in Alberta, Brodnax and Lawrenceville. Brunswick County will be recognized as an inviting community for young professionals, families, retirees, and visitors, all of whom cherish the community’s heritage and history, friendly atmosphere, comfortable lifestyles, exceptional education system, scenic landscapes, prized agricultural soils, and outstanding parks, trails, rivers and lakes.”

Working with Virginia firm EPR, the county is now hosting a series of five public workshops to collect citizen input on how Zoning and Subdivision regulations can help achieve Brunswick’s vision. One workshop will be conducted in each of the county’s’ five voting districts, and will involve discussions on small business development, industry, neighborhoods, agriculture, and tourism, among other topics. Residents should attend the workshop for their district on one of the following dates:

Red Oak District

Date: June 9th

Time: 6:00 pm

Location: Red Oak-Sturgeon Elementary School

4081 Flatrock Road, Alberta, VA 23821

Meherrin District

Date: June 9th

Time: 6:00 pm

Location: Ebony Volunteer Fire Department - TENTATIVE

497 Robinson Ferry Road, Ebony, VA 23845

Sturgeon District

Date: June 10th

Time: 6:00 pm

Location: Brunswick County Schools Central Office

1718 Farmers Field Road, Lawrenceville, VA 23868

Totaro District

Date: June 10th

Time: 6:00 pm

Location: Totaro Elementary School

19350 Christanna Highway, Lawrenceville, VA 23868

Powellton District

Date: June 21st

Time: 6:00 pm

Location: Meherrin-Powellton Elementary School

11555 Dry Bread Road, Lawrenceville, VA 23868

Those who are not able to attend a workshop are still able to contribute their input using an online feedback form found at:

https://tinyurl.com/BrunswickZoning

For further questions, or to give further input on the update of Brunswick County’s Zoning and Subdivision Ordinances, residents may contact Brunswick County Director of Planning George Morrison at (434) 848-0882.