Site Plan Review - Major and Minor

Development Site Plan Reviews and Recommendations

Planning reviews and makes recommendations relating to development site plans (major or minor). To begin the plans review process, the first step is to obtain county and state input on the initial concept plan for the site. To do this, file an inquiry request through the Enterprise Land Management (ELM) citizen access portal using the inquiry questionnaire checklist (PDF)

Once the inquiry request is submitted, there will be a virtual inquiry meeting held with the site plan review team, the developer and the consultant to discuss the inquiry request. 

The inquiry request application will be determined to be Major or Minor at that time.

Major Site Plan Review Process

  1. Prepare and Submit Plan Documents
  1. First Glance Review and Payment of Fees
  1. First Review and Staff/Developer Conference Notifications
  1. Virtual Staff/Developer Conference
  1. Resubmittal(s)
  1. Substantial and Full Approvals

Minor Site Plan Review Process

The minor site plan review process was developed as incentive to encourage small business development and reinvestment in commercial properties. By easing the time and cost of the typical site plan review, owners are encouraged to make improvements to their properties, which will facilitate their business goals and improve the vitality of the Chesterfield community.

Minor Site Plan Minimum Eligibility Requirements

Parcels that meet the following 10 minimum eligibility requirements may be eligible for the minor site plan review:

  • Land disturbance or building addition of 2,500 to 10,000 square feet
  • No water/sewer mainline extensions are required
  • Industrial uses have sufficient independent water supply
  • Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) reviews can be handled by residency staff
  • Not adjacent to residential occupied property, unless proper notification is provided
  • Improvements do not require significant access changes, road improvements; or internal circulation changes
  • Site has existing site improvements
  • Site improvements require no buffer modifications
  • Drainage improvements do not require dedication of easements to county
  • Improvements meet Chesapeake Bay regulations
  1. Inquiry Meeting

Inquiry Meeting - Prepare Checklist

During the inquiry meeting, the site plan review team and the applicant will review the minor site plan review checklist (PDF).

  1. Submit Plan Documents and Public Notifications
  1. Plan Review and Public Opposition
  1. Substantial and Full Approvals