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Smithfield Board of Zoning Appeals

The Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) is a quasi-judicial board comprised of five members, all of whom are recommended by the Town Council and appointed by the Isle of Wight County Circuit Court to serve staggered five year terms.  The BZA is enabled through Smithfield Zoning Ordinance Article 12, as well as Code of Virginia Section 15.2-2309, to perform (in summary) the following duties:

The BZA meets on an as-needed basis, and is comprised of the following members:

  • Faye Seeley, Chair (Exp. 2025-06-30)
  • Greg Brown, Vice-Chair (Exp. 2022-06-30)
  • Catherine Bowden (Exp. 2021-06-30)
  • Chris Gwaltney (Exp. 2023-06-30)
  • Gene Monroe (Exp. 2024-06-30)

For information on the BZA's previous and upcoming activities, please see the agenda packets and minutes tabs of this page.  Additionally, be advised that variances, special exceptions, and administrative appeals all utilize the same application- the fee for variance and special exception applications is $150.  The fee for administrative appeals applications is $250.

Please remember that, in order to appear on a BZA meeting agenda, Town staff must receive all necessary applications, fees, and other materials no less than three weeks prior to the date of the next scheduled BZA meeting.  The BZA is typically scheduled to meet on the third Tuesday of each month at 7:30 PM in the Smithfield Center, 220 N Church St, Smithfield, VA 23430.  With the exception of the month of July, the BZA does not usually meet unless there are cases for it to review and decide.

Please direct all inquiries concerning the BZA to John Settle, Community Development & Planning Director- John is the designated staff member contact for the BZA.  John can be reached via email (jsettle@smithfieldva.gov), telephone (1-(757)-365-4200), or mail (PO Box 246, Smithfield, VA 23431).

2020 BZA membership, from left to right: Vice-Chairman Brown, Chair Seeley, Mr. Gwaltney, Mrs. Bowden, and Mr. Monroe.

Here are some helpful links:

Administrative Appeal, Special Exception & Variance Application

Code of Virginia Section 15.2-2309

Isle of Wight County Circuit Court

Isle of Wight County Parcel Viewer

Smithfield Board of Zoning Appeals Agenda Packets

Smithfield Board of Zoning Appeals Bylaws

Smithfield Board of Zoning Appeals Minutes

Smithfield Center (Official Website)

Smithfield Events Calendar

Smithfield Town Council

Smithfield Zoning Ordinance Article 12