Clerk – 254-1212 extension 1
Treasurer – 254-1212 extension 2
Town Manager – 254-1212 extension 3
Revitalization, 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 Buchanan Town Council Meeting is Monday, March 20, 2017 at 7:00 pm in the Council Chambers.
Buchanan Town Council Agenda – March 20 2017 (small file)
Buchanan Town Council Packet – March 20 2017 (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
From left to right: Mayor, Larry Hall,
Council Members – Michael Burton, Della Hylton, James Manspile, Jane Kneisley
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.
The polling place for registered Town voters is the Buchanan Elementary School located at 255 Schoolhouse Road. For more information, please contact the Botetourt County Registrar at (540) 928-2120.
Planning Commission Meetings
Planning Commission Meetings are held on the first Monday each month at 7:00 p.m. in the Buchanan Town Hall on Main Street. The upcoming Buchanan Planning Commission Meeting is Monday, March 7, 2017 at 7:00 pm.
Town Codes including Zoning Ordinance
Hard copies are available for viewing at the Buchanan Town Hall.
Zoning Code Changes made not in the full ordinance above:
Ordinance for zoning text – Commercial_Ag-Res_Chickens-O16-0509-01
Ordinance-o15-0810-01- Pet Grooming zoning text
Ordinance-o15-0608-01 – Zoning text amendments – New uses
Ordinance-o15-0713-01 – Zoning text amendment – Public Utility
Ever wonder what makes Buchanan a Town in Virginia? Here’s how: Town Charter – Buchanan – 1992 with 2015 amendments
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
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
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.
Holiday Closings – The Buchanan Town Hall, County Offices and libraries are closed on major holidays.
Annual Water Quality Report – Annual Drinking Water Quality Report – 2016 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.
SHOVELING YOUR DRIVE – HOW TO MINIMIZE SNOW PLOW PILE UP
When clearing snow from driveways and parking lots, please refrain from pushing snow into the street as it impedes the work of snow plows and may be inadvertently pushed back into the driveway. To minimize the amount of snow across the driveway, shovel snow to the right side of the driveway (As you stand in your driveway looking towards the street). Clearing a space immediately to the left of the driveway can provide a space for the snow already on the face of the plow and further lessen the amount of snow across the driveway.