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Environmental Planning Programs

The Planning and Zoning Division is responsible for a number of environmental programs that promote the protection and stewardship of Isle of Wight County's natural resources.  The citizens of the County value these resources and their protection is embodied in the County Comprehensive Plan’s goal to “Preserve the Isle.”  To meet this goal, Planning and Zoning works with a variety of programs that are designed to protect environmental quality, preserve ecological balance, and safeguard the County’s unique resources and scenic heritage as Isle of Wight continues to grow and prosper. 

Environmental planning includes administration of the Chesapeake Bay Preservation Area (CBPA), wetlands and coastal dunes permitting, floodplain management, and the septic tank pump-out program. 

For more information, please select a program area below.

CBPA  Wetlands  Floodplains  Pumpout

As part of its commitment to protecting environmental quality, the County encourages the use of native plants in landscaping.  Native plants and materials indigenous to the region are desirable because of their disease resistance and adaptation to local climate, soils, hydrology, and weather conditions. Information on plants native to southeastern Virginia is available from the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) at the Natural Heritage webpage. You can also find a copy of their list of native plants by clicking the button below.




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For more information regarding environmental planning programs, please contact us at 757-357-9114 or email

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