The Planning Commission meets on an as-needed basis. Meetings are scheduled after an application is submitted to the Planning and Zoning Department, and are usually held within 4 to 6 weeks of the date of the application. This processing time is required for the town to adequately review applications, prepare for the meeting, and to meet the public notification requirements of the Code of Virginia.
The Planning Commission is made up of five citizens who are appointed by the Town Council. The Planning Commission serves as an advisory board to the Town Council. Commissioners make recommendations on a variety of land use issues, including rezonings, special use permits, greenways, special development ordinances, and changes / updates to the Vinton Zoning Ordinance, which is a part of the Vinton Town Code.
The Planning Commission is also in charge of preparing and maintaining the town’s Comprehensive Plan (PDF), and recommending changes to reflect new land use policies. Additionally, commissioners undertake special projects and develop programs designed to ensure the implementation of policies and programs contained in the Comprehensive Plan.