19753 Main Street, Post Office Box 205
Buchanan, Virginia 24066
(540) 254 – 1212
Clerk – 254-1212 extension 1
Treasurer – 254-1212 extension 2
Town Manager – 254-1212 extension 3
Downtown Program & Events & Town Park – 254-1212 extension 4
Utility Department – 254-1212 extension 5
For public water or sewer emergencies (not on private property) after 5:00pm and on weekends, please call Sheriff’s Dispatch at 540-473-8230 and Town staff will be contacted.
Nondiscrimination Statement – This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer. For the full Nondiscrimination Statement, please see Nondiscrimination Statement – Full
Town Council Meetings
Town Council Meetings are held on the second Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the Buchanan Town Hall on Main Street. The next regularly scheduled Buchanan Town Council Meeting is scheduled for Monday, May 9, 2016 at 7:00 pm in the Council Chambers. There will be three public hearings that night:
2. Zoning ordinance map and text changes
3. Chapter 21 of the Town Code for Taxation
Buchanan Town Council Agenda – April 2016 (small file)
Buchanan Town Council Packet – April 11 2016 (large file)
Archived agendas are located at Town Council Agendas in the right side bar.
Minutes can be found at Meeting Minutes in the right side bar.
Town Council Members
left to right top Back row – Larry Hall, Mayor, Ed Tolley, Jane Kneisley and Diane DiPalma,
bottom row left to right – Ardelia Smith, Della Hylton, Sarah Boblett, Vice Mayor
Elections are held every two years on the first Tuesday of November with the general elections. Elected officials are sworn in on January 1st of the next year.
2016 is an election year. For more information, please contact the Botetourt County Registrar at (540) 928-2120.
The polling place for registered Town voters is the Buchanan Elementary School located at 255 Schoolhouse Road.
Planning Commission Meetings
Planning Meetings are held on the first Monday each month at 3:00 p.m. in the Buchanan Town Hall on Main Street. Upcoming Buchanan Planning Commission Meetings are scheduled for; Monday, March 7, 2016 at 3:00 pm.
Town Manager Mary Zirkle welcomes your input. To reach her, please come by the Buchanan Town Hall, or call 254-1212 ext. 3, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Town Zoning & Town Code
Hard Copies are available for viewing at the Buchanan Town Hall and the Buchanan Library.
Fee Schedule for Land Use Review: Fee schedule – Adopted – July 13 2015
Land Use Request:
1. Special Use Permit – $100 + direct ad, mailing and legal fees
2. Rezoning – $100 + direct ad, mailing and legal fees
3. Variance/Appeal of Zoning Administrator Decision (BZA) – $100 + direct ad, mailing and legal fees
4. Zoning Permit, including Sign – $50
5. Home Occupation Zoning Permit – no fee
6. Site Plan – $150 + $10/acre
7. Minor Subdivision – 4 or less lots – $75.00
8. Major Subdivision – 5+ lots or a new road – $100.00 + $25/lot
9. Boundary Line Adjustment – $50.00
10. Zoning Verification Letter (formal) – $25.00
The Town has a Comprehensive Plan – FINAL as required by the Code of Virginia. Our Plan was adopted in 2007 (please disregard Draft references) and is currently under review by the Planning Commission for updating.
Virginia 811 is the “one call” Virginia communications center for excavators, contractors, property owners, and those planning any kind of excavation (digging) or demolition. We notify participating utilities of the upcoming excavation work so they can locate and mark their underground facilities in advance to prevent possible damage to underground utility lines, injury, property damage and service outages.
Calling before you dig is a simple step, but one that can make your construction, planting or home improvement project safer while preventing utility outages that can be inconvenient or even dangerous for your neighbors.
You may know us as Virginia Utility Protection Service (VUPS) or Miss Utility of Virginia. We are a non-profit organization functioning for the safety and benefit of everyone in our community. While our name has changed over time, our purpose has remained constant: To keep you, your friends and neighbors safe by helping you avoid buried power, sewer, gas and water lines.
Burn Ban in Effect February 15 through April 30
The State Burning Law states: from February 15 through April 30 of each year, no burning before 4:00 p.m. is permitted if the fire is in, or within 300 feet of, woodland, brushland or fields containing dry grass or other flammable material.
Since forest fuels cure during the winter months, the danger of fire is higher in early spring than in summer when the forest and grasses are green with new growth. The 4:00 p.m. Burning Law is an effective tool in the prevention of forest fires. Localities may have more restrictive outdoor burning laws. For additional information http://www.dof.virginia.gov/fire/4pm/burn-bans.htm
Annual Water Quality Report – Annual Drinking Water Quality Report – 2015 VDH
Is a street light on your street out? Please let us know of any street lights problems by call the Buchanan Town Hall at 254-1212 extension 1. Citizens can always report light problems directly to Dominion Power at https://www.dom.com/residential/dominion-virginia-power/outage-center/streetlight-outages or at 1-866-366-4357.
On Saturday, September 15, 2012 the Town of Buchanan dedicated the Buchanan Bicentennial Gazebo commemorating 200 years of history.
The gazebo sits gracefully amongst a planting of cherry trees on the Town Park overlooking the James River.
If you wish to reserve the Gazebo, or, other park structures, please contact the Buchanan Town Hall at 540-254-1212 x4 for availability as well as costs.
Holiday Closings – The Buchanan Town Hall, County Offices and libraries are closed on major holidays.
The Buchanan Town Hall will be closed on Monday, May 30, 2016 in honor of Memorial Day. The office will reopen on Tuesday, June 1, 2016 at 8:00 am.