UPDATE MARCH 30, 2020:  The following City of Williamsburg buildings and facilities are closed to the public through April 23:  Municipal Building, Stryker Center, Quarterpath Recreation Center, Waller Mill Park, Police Department and Fire Station (only required staff will be at work, others will be teleworking). Governor Northam issued a "stay at home" executive order through June 10, 2020. Business assistance information can be found here. The City's telephone hotline (for city service questions):  (757) 259-7200 and the Virginia Health Dept. call center (for COVID-19 questions/concerns):  (757) 594-7069.

To All City Planning Stakeholders:

In concert with the Governor of Virginia, the City of Williamsburg has announced all City buildings remain closed to the public through April 23, 2020 due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Consistent with the closing, all regularly scheduled meetings of Williamsburg’s Planning Commission, Architectural Review Board, Board of Zoning Appeals and Neighborhood Relations Committee scheduled through April 23, 2020, are canceled.



March 18, 2020, Regular Meeting at 3:30 p.m.

March 25, 2020, Comp Plan Work Session at 4:00 p.m.

April 15, 2020, Regular Meeting at 3:30 p.m.

April 22, 2020, Comp Plan Work Session at 4:00 p.m.


March 24, 2020, Regular Meeting at 6:30 p.m.

April 13, 2020, Design Review Guideline Review - AP-2 at 6:00 p.m.

April 14, 2020, Regular Meeting at 6:30 p.m.


The update of the Design Review Guidelines has been suspended as City facilities have been closed due to coronavirus.  Once facilities reopen to the public staff will issue a revised meeting schedule.


April 7, 2020, at 4:00 p.m.


March 24, 2020, at 5:30 p.m.

April 20, 2020, at 5:30 p.m.

These meetings will be rescheduled to a yet-to-be-determined date.  New hearing notices will be sent at a later date when the meetings are rescheduled.

Our office is open remotely.  Please feel free to contact us by phone at 757-220-6130 or  We will return your call or email asap. 

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns at 757-220-6133 or

If you have plans to drop-off to planning for review, we have a blue bin outside the main entrance door of the Municipal Building at 401 Lafayette Street, where you can drop-off your plans.  Please email or phone planning, as noted above, after you have dropped off your plans so that we can arrange for pick up and review. 

I appreciate your flexibility at this time as we continue to work closely with State and local officials to best address the developing circumstances.


Carolyn Murphy, AICP

Planning and Codes Compliance Director


Carolyn A. Murphy, AICP, Planning and Codes Compliance Director

Erin C. Burke, Principal Planner 

Heather I. Markle, Zoning Administrator

Heather N. Moore, Administrative Assistant/Planning Clerk

Phone: 757-220-6130
Fax: 757-259-8050



As a place of special national significance, Williamsburg deserves special care in planning for a future which will preserve and enhance the qualities which have earned this significance. Carefully orchestrated urban growth and environmental preservation along with stress on the importance of maintaining a strong link between Williamsburg's urban planning goals and effective land use implementation techniques, is one of the major emphases of planning for the City's future.

The planning department's role in the attempt to ensure the continued eminence of Williamsburg, is partially contained in the department's mission statement:

  • Assist the Planning Commission and City Council in the development of a Comprehensive Plan to serve as policy guide for future land development in the City.
  • Assist Planning Commission and City Council in the development of measures to implement the
    Comprehensive Plan.
    • Zoning Ordinance and Subdivision Ordinance
    • Erosion and Sedimentation Control Ordinance
  • Administer the implementation measures
    • Zoning Ordinance enforcement, Subdivision Ordinance enforcement, Erosion and Sedimentation Control enforcement, Architectural Review Board process, Site Plan Review process, and Uniform Statewide Building Code
    • Property Maintenance Code
  • Provide information and advice to citizens and developers on land use issues
    • Information requests, Review of preliminary development proposals
    • Citizen complaints
    • Administer the Uniform Statewide Building Code

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