Planning and Zoning
The Planning and Zoning Department promotes the public health, safety and welfare through the application of sound planning practices to the administration of the Town’s comprehensive plan, zoning, subdivision, and site development regulations.

We will help our community attain its long-term vision through comprehensive planning that takes into account the future needs of our citizens and businesses, as well as our natural and built environments. The short-term goals of our community will be achieved through fair and equitable ordinance enforcement and by offering planning assistance to citizens, businesses, and the Town’s elected and appointed officials. We value the quality of life of our citizens, our growing economy, our Town’s rich heritage, and our natural and built environments.

Planning and Zoning Announcements




Online Planning Files


Cape Charles Community Multi-Use Trail Project

Cape Charles is in the process of creating a multi-use trail with the goal of providing better multi modal transportation facilities and to connect different areas of Town, including the Historic District, the harbor area and the Bay Creek development.


Community Art Walk Master Plan


As part of the National Endowment for the Arts Our Town Project, the Town is planning an "Art Walk" to link our primary outdoor performance venues.  This would be incorporated as a revision to the Community Trail Master Plan if approved by Town Council. 


A Steering Committee consisting of residents, business owners, property owners and the Cape Charles Business Association has worked with our consulting firm, Land Studio, to exchange ideas.  The public was invited to attend the last Steering Committee meeting to provide additional input to our consultants. 


  • Draft Cape Charles Community Art Walk Master Plan

Flood Insurance Rate Maps


The Flood Insurance Rate Maps were adopted in March 2015.  The new maps have greatly reduced the amount of property within Cape Charles that are located within the flood zone.  Z significant amount of l and will still be located within the "X Zone," which has a 0.2% annual chance of flooding (500 year flood).  In the X zone, flood insurance is recommended but not required by FEMA, however, lenders may still require mortgage holders to obtain or retain flood insurance.  Development within flood zones is regulated by the Floodplain Regulations in the Cape Charles Zoning Ordinance. Below are the two maps covering the Town of Cape Charles:


Mason Avenue Street Improvements 


As part of the Mason Avenue Street Improvement Program, the Town obtained a VDOT land use permit to change the parking plan from parallel to reverse-angle.  Reverse-angle parking is sometimes referred to as "back in, pull out" parking.  The purpose of this plan is to provide enhanced safety through increased visibility for motorists, pedestrians, golf  cart drivers, and bicyclists.  An added benefit is the increase in parking spaces available in the central business district.  The project runs from Harbor Avenue east to Peach Street on the north side of Mason Avenue.  The south side of Mason Avenue will retain parallel parking.


Please submit any comments using the Mason Avenue Parking Comments Form.


If you have any questions, please contact Town Planner Larry DiRe at 757-331-2036 or by email at


Planning & Zoning

Larry DiRe

Town Planner


Municipal Building
Second Floor
2 Plum Street
Cape Charles, VA 23310

Phone: 757-331-2036

Fax: 757-331-4820



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