Purpose and Typical Duties
The Planning Commission serves as the advisor to the Board of Supervisors in matters of planning and zoning by preparing and recommending plans, ordinances, capital improvement programs and similar documents, and reviewing development proposals. Most commonly, the work of the Planning Commission involves review and recommendation on rezoning, special use permits and subdivision applications, plan review and development, and ordinance review and development.
Length of Term
Terms are staggered, four years in length and begin on February 1st.
Members may serve for only two consecutive terms unless the Board of Supervisors determines that unusual circumstances exist such that this policy should be waived.
Number of Members
Not less than five nor more than fifteen members, appointed by the Board of Supervisors. All members must be residents of Madison County and qualified by knowledge and experience to make decisions on questions of community growth and development. At least one-half of the members must be owners of real property.
One member of the commission may be a member of the Board of Supervisors and one member may be an employee of the Madison County administration. The term of each of these two members shall be coextensive with the term of office to which he has been elected or appointed, unless Board of Supervisors, at the first regular meeting each year, appoints others to serve as their representatives.
Meeting Time and Place
Joint Meeting with the Board of Supervisors is the first Wednesday of the month at 7:00 PM.
Planning Commission's monthly workshop meeting is on the third Wednesday of each month at 6:30 PM.
All meetings take place at the Administration Building located at 414 N. Main Street in Madison, VA. Dates and times are subject to cancelation or adjustment depending on matters before the Commission including applications received.
All members shall be residents of the Madison County, qualified by knowledge and experience to make decisions on questions of community growth and development; provided, that at least one-half of the members so appointed shall be owners of real property.
Before entering upon the duties of a member of the commission, an appointee shall not be eligible to be seated until an oath of office is administered by the Clerk of the Circuit Court or other qualified official.
Composition of planning commission and appointment of members, Code of Virginia, § 15.2-2212.
Members are appointed by the Board of Supervisors.
|Stephen Carpenter, Chair||01/31/2027||Email Stephen Carpenter|
|Fay Utz, Vice-Chair||01/31/2024||Email Fay Utz|
|Nathan Cowan, Secretary||01/31/2027||Email Nathan Cowan|
|Michael Snider||01/31/2024||Email Michael Snider|
|James Smith||01/31/2024||Email Jim Smith|
|Pete Elliott||01/31/2025||Email Pete Elliott|
|James Graves III||01/31/2026||Email James Graves|