The Pittsylvania County Zoning Department helps protect property owners by regulating uses and ensuring that future development is compatible with the area, ultimately protecting property values. In short, certain types of development are allowed in certain zoning classifications, which are determined by the Pittsylvania County Zoning Ordinance. A strong Zoning Ordinance is beneficial to businesses because it identifies the most appropriate locations for uses and helps drive the beautification of areas through development requirements such as landscaping, parking, and sign regulations, making business locations more attractive for customers.
The zoning department also works in concert with the Planning Commission, the Board of Zoning Appeals, and the Board of Supervisors. When a citizen requests to have their property rezoned to a different classification, the case goes before the Planning Commission and then the Board of Supervisors, who make the final decision. If a citizen asks for a special use permit—which is needed for some types of development in certain zoning classifications—then the case goes before the Planning Commission and then the Board of Zoning Appeals, which makes the final decision.