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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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Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Document

FY18 Consolidated Budget Document



DECEMBER 5, 2017
10% Penalty and 10% Interest per Annum




New Finance Director

Northampton County is pleased to announce the hiring of Mr. John Chandler as Finance Director, effective December 4, 2017. Mr. Chandler is currently the Vice-President for Finance with the Bayshore Concrete Products Corporation and had previously served as Assistant Finance Director for the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and Tunnel District.

Mr. Chandler was born and raised in Onancock, Virginia. He attended Accomack County Public Schools, graduating from Onancock High School in 1982. John furthered his education by earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a Finance Concentration from Longwood University. Additionally, Mr. Chandler completed the Professional Accounting Studies Program at Salisbury University. John is married to Clara Chandler, a longtime Northampton and Accomack County public school educator, who currently serves as Human Resources Director for Accomack County Public Schools. They have two boys, Tyler and Taylor, who currently attend the University of Virginia. In his free time, John enjoys boating, biking, traveling and spending time with friends and family.

In a statement, Northampton County Administrator Charles Kolakowski said, “We welcome John to the Northampton County team. His skills and management experience will be valuable as we move Northampton forward.”




The Northampton County Board of Zoning Appeals will meet on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. in the Board Chambers located in the County Administration Building at 16404 Courthouse Road in Eastville, VA for the purpose of conducting regular business. The Board will assemble at 9:15 a.m. in the Planning, Permitting, and Enforcement Department and proceed to the property described below to conduct a site visit.

A.) Ronnie Franks has applied for a variance of 45 feet from the required 60-foot front yard setback and 10 feet from the required 15-foot side yard setback to construct a home. The property is located on Hungars Beach Road in Eastville, VA, Lot #43 and is zoned Agriculture/Rural Business (A/RB). The property is further described as Tax Map 47, double circle A, parcel 43.

Anyone who is interested in the above matter should attend the public hearing to make their views known. The file may be viewed in the Northampton County Planning, Permitting, and Enforcement Department in Eastville, VA located at 16404 Courthouse Road in Eastville, VA.

Handicapped Assistance Available: Please telephone (757) 678-0440 extension 516, at least 48 hours in advance.



The Northampton County Planning Commission will meet on Tuesday, November 7, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. in the Board Chambers located in the County Administration Building at 16404 Courthouse Road in Eastville, VA. The purpose of the meeting is to conduct regular business and a public hearing on the following matter:

A. SUP 2017-13: Richard Ward has applied for a permit to construct an antique shop. The property is located on Stone Road, just west of the entrance to King’s Creek Landing. The property is zoned agriculture/rural business. The property is further described as Tax Map 84, double circle A, parcel 63 and contains approximately three acres of land.

The Northampton County Board of Supervisors will also conduct a public hearing on the above items on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. in the Board Chambers.

The applications will be on file and open to public inspection in the office of the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors and in the Department of Planning, Permitting, and Enforcement located at 16404 Courthouse Road, Eastville, VA. Anyone wishing to comment on the above items is invited to attend the meetings and make their comments known.

Handicapped assistance available: Please telephone (757) 678-0440, extension 516 at least 48 hours in advance.



The Northampton County Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. in the Board Chambers, 16404 Courthouse Road, Eastville, Virginia, to consider the conveyance of certain roadway property, located within the Town of Cape Charles, to-wit:

Tax Map 90-8-1A2 (1.47 acres)

This property was conveyed to the County by the Town of Cape Charles as a public right- of-way on February 13, 1996 as recorded in the Clerk’s Office for the Circuit Court of Northampton County in Deed Book 281 at Page 47.

The Board will consider a request for donation of said property to Southport Investors, and any other proposal which may be received from any party.

Anyone interested in this matter should present their views, either orally or in writing, during the before-described public hearing.




The Winter Hours Schedule will commence at the Northampton County Sanitary Landfill on Saturday, November 4, 2017 and run through Saturday, February 24, 2018. That means that on Saturdays, the landfill’s operating hours will be 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.

Please plan your solid waste disposal accordingly.




The Northampton County Board of Supervisors will receive public comment at its meeting on Tuesday, November 21, 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 “Meredith Court” to “Raihan Zaman 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 Northampton County Board of Supervisors will conduct a public hearing on Tuesday, November 21, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. in the Board Room of the County Administration Building, 16404 Courthouse Road, Eastville, Virginia, on the following matter:

Consider lease of space on the County-owned water tower, located west of the Social Services Building, 5265 The Hornes, Eastville, Virginia.

The Board has received a proposal from NextEdge Networks, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company, for deployment of a communications facility consisting of sensors and related communications equipment.

Additionally, the Board is soliciting inquiries from any other parties who may be interested in leasing space on the water tower.

Handicapped assistance available. Please telephone (757) 678-0440 at least 48 hours in advance.


Northampton Sheriff’s Office taking back unwanted prescription drugs
October 28 at 5211 The Hornes Eastville, Va. 23347

Eastville, Va. – On Saturday, October 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Northampton Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration will give the public its 14th opportunity in 7 years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.  Bring your pills for disposal to Northampton Sheriff’s Office at 5211 The Hornes Eastville, Va.  (The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.)  The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last April Americans turned in 450 tons (900,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at almost 5,500 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,200 of its state and local law enforcement partners.  Overall, in its 13 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 8.1 million pounds—more than 4,050 tons—of pills.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue.  Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.  Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the October 28 Take Back Day event, go to the DEA Diversion website or contact Major Mike Smith with Northampton Sheriff’s Office at 757-678-0458.


DRAFT copies of the Comprehensive Plan

Part I
Part II



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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