Planning & Zoning


General Responsibilities

The Department reviews development plans for compliance with various County ordinances and is responsible for enforcement of the County's Zoning Ordinance, Subdivision Ordinance, Erosion and Sediment Control Ordinance and the local Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act. The Department is responsible for long-range planning through the development and review of the County's Comprehensive Plan. In addition, the Department provides mapping and E911 addressing services for the County.

Staff Support

The Department of Planning and Zoning provides staff support to:

  • Board of Supervisors
  • Board of Zoning Appeals
  • Economic Development Authority
  • Planning Commission
  • Wetlands Board 

Support includes reviewing and providing recommendations on all land use matters presented to each Commission and Board.


The Department is managed by David Kretz, Planning Director, who reports directly to the County Administrator.

Comprehensive Plan Adopted

The Middlesex County Planning Commission has finalized and adopted the Comprehensive Plan (PDF).