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Northampton County is the southern 35 miles of a 70 mile long stretch of the Delmarva Peninsula known as Virginia's Eastern Shore. "The Shore" as it is affectionately named, is cradled by the Atlantic Ocean and Chesapeake Bay or what is known locally as Bayside and Seaside. The Seaside, in particular, contains the largest island wilderness chain on the U.S. Eastern Seaboard.

The Shore is a place that has somehow managed to remain relatively unchanged through the times. Its pristine condition is mainly a result of the surrounding waters of the Chesapeake Bay and the County's isolation to large East Coast metropolises such as Virginia's Tidewater Area (Virginia Beach & Norfolk). Generations of families have been left to their own and have created a rich tradition of living off the land through farming and fishing. For centuries a unique harmony, between mankind and nature, has evolved from these circumstances.

Northampton County's central location on the Eastern Seaboard places it less than a 1 day drive from areas such as New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C.

Northampton County contains numerous natural and cultural sites, including two large public parks, Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge and Kiptopeke State Park, located at the southern end of the county. Historic townships, such as Eastville, Cheriton and Cape Charles contain buildings that speak to over 350 years of architectural design in the United States.

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For the following jurisdictions:

Accomack County
Chincoteague Island
Northampton County

September 5, 2017

Issuing Authorities:

Accomack County 789-3610
Charles Pruitt, EM Coordinator

Chincoteague Island 336-6519
Bryan Rush, EM Coordinator

Northampton County 678-0411
Hollye Carpenter, EM Coordinator

Eastern Shore Emergency Management officials are advising all residents to prepare for the possible impacts of Hurricane Irma. Although the track and potential impacts are still very uncertain, residents should prepare their homes by securing outdoor items such as lawn furniture, gas grills and any items that may be affected by high winds.

Residents should continue to monitor local media outlets for information regarding the track of Hurricane Irma because storm movement is subject to change day to day.

As with any major weather event residents are asked to gather at least the following items in the event of loss of power and access to commercial business.

• Bottled water ( one gallon per person, per day) for 3 days
• Canned or packaged food for 3 days
• Blankets / sleeping bags
• Stock a first aid kit
• A non-electric can opener
• Toiletries
• Special items for infant, elderly or disabled family members
• Battery operated radio
• A corded telephone
• Pet supplies

In the event you are asked to evacuate, have a plan and notification numbers on hand for someone out of the area to keep in contact with.

DRAFT copies of the Comprehensive Plan

Part I
Part II



The Northampton County Wetlands Board will meet Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. in the Board Chambers located at 16404 Courthouse Road in Eastville, VA, for the purpose of considering the following wetlands/coastal primary sand dunes matters under public hearing and to conduct regular business. The Board will assemble at 9 am to conduct site visits.

A.) VMRC 2017-1376: H.M. Terry Company Inc. is requesting to install an approximate 290-foot long by 6-foot wide marginal wharf in front of an existing bulkhead at the grow-out facility. The property is located at 4361 Bowden Circle in Willis Wharf, VA and described as Tax Map 11A-A-92 and 11A-A-100.

B.) VMRC 2017-1317: Joe and Marta Rose is requesting authorization to install a 132-foot long stone revetment for erosion protection. The project will consist of regrading several areas of beachfront bluff which experienced severe erosion during Hurricane Sandy. Additionally, the existing armor protection was breached and pulled down away from the original placement due to the tidal surge and wave action. The original armor protection was installed in the fall of 2000 and we found that over the last 12 years that the rip-rap installed was insufficient in both size and depth of bury at the toe of slope. In order to improve or even repair what exists we will need to remove the failed armor stone, re-establish the 3:1 slope, establish a temporary trench, place 2 layers of filter fabric, place interlocking 8” thick x 35’-0” long 8,000 psi concrete slabs weighing 15.5 tons each and reinstall the existing armor at the toe. The property is located at Chesapeake Bay at 4027 Bluff Lane in Northampton County and described as Tax Map 117A-4-E-1.

Anyone interested in the above matters should attend the scheduled public hearing. The applications may be viewed in the Planning, Permitting, and Enforcement Office located at 16404 Courthouse Road in Eastville, VA. Written comments can be submitted to the Planning, Permitting, and Enforcement Office P.O. Box 538, Eastville, VA 23347.
Handicapped Assistance Available: Please call (757) 678-0440 extension 516 at least 48 hours in advance.



The Northampton County Board of Supervisors will receive public comment at its meeting on Tuesday, September 12, 2017, beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Board Room of the County Administration Building,16404 Courthouse Road, Eastville, Virginia, on a request to change the road name of “Sojourner Truth Road” to “Ruth Wise Road”. Interested citizens are invited to attend this meeting to express their views on this proposed road name change.

Handicapped assistance available: Call 757/678-0440



The meeting of the Joint Industrial Development Authority of Northampton County and Its Towns, scheduled for Tuesday, August 15, 2017, has been cancelled. The next meeting of the JIDA will be held on September 19, 2017, commencing at 4:00 p.m.



Additional vehicles may now qualify for tax relief beginning in 2017

Due to legislative changes that had taken place in the 2016 session of the Virginia General Assembly, additional vehicles might now qualify for Personal Property Tax Relief (PPTR) from the Commonwealth of Virginia beginning in 2017.

The action by the General Assembly changed the registration requirements for personal use trucks with a gross weight between 7,501 and 10,000 pounds. As of January 1, 2017, these vehicles must be reclassified as pickups. These vehicles will require standard passenger license plates, and no longer qualify for truck license plates.

Once you have successfully reclassified your vehicle with DMV as a pickup before January 1, 2017, it may then qualify for personal property tax relief in 2017.

The change does not apply to vehicles registered for business use. If your truck is registered for business use, no action on your part is required.

You can reclassify your vehicle by visiting your local DMV customer service center.


Starting August 2016, Northampton County reassessment staff will be visiting all properties gathering data and taking inventory of improvements. This process will be ongoing for 16 months. All appraisal data collectors are required to wear county photo ID badges. The general reassessment is a responsibility of the Commissioner of the Revenue, Charlene Gray.
The County Appraiser, Todd Simpson, will oversee this process.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding this process or any individuals on your property, please contact the Commissioner’s Office at 757-678-0446.



The Northampton County Joint Industrial Development Authority (JIDA)

Regularly scheduled meetings will be on the 4th Tuesday of each month at 4:00p.m.

Meeting Location
16404 Courthouse Road, Eastville
Northampton County Administration, Upstairs Conference Room #201


Eastern Shore Rural Health System, Inc.

Many Americans can now enroll in affordable health insurance plans through the new Health Insurance Marketplace at Enrollment specialists based at Eastern Shore Rural Health System, Inc. centers have been trained to help Eastern Shore of Virginia residents evaluate options and enroll in affordable health insurance plans through the Marketplace.

The Marketplace offers private health insurance.

Every private insurance plan in the Marketplace will offer comprehensive coverage, from doctors to medications to hospital visits.

If you need assistance contact a specialist at a Rural Health center near you:

Allison @ Atlantic & Chincoteague @ 824-5676 x637
Meghan @ Bayview & Franktown @ 442-4819 x362
Ellen @ Onley @ 787-7374 x767


Payments for Real Estate and Personal Property taxes can be made at Official Payments website.


Northampton County Low Lying Areas

Map of Northampton County Low Lying Areas


Land Use Information and Application Links:

Code of Virginia - "Agricultural and Forestal District Act"

Adopted AFD Policy


Application for the creation of or addition to agricultural/forestal districts.

Please note that §33.010 (Land Use Program) of the County Code was repealed on August 11, 2009.



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