Subdivision Development Requirements

To ensure timely, consistent, and proper installation of subdivision infrastructure to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the residents of Goochland County, the following development requirements for subdivisions will be enforced.

Prior to the issuance of any building permit:

  • The subdivision entrance road, for a distance of 50 feet from the existing edge of pavement, and its associated turn lanes using a minimum of base course pavement, except if the specified pavement section has only one layer of pavement and no base coat of pavement on the approved plans, then only the base gravel layer;
  • Roads to the building lots in compliance with the approved road section and at a minimum, the base gravel layer; and
  • Approved street signs and other required road signage; however, temporary signage is allowed. Unless otherwise approved by the POD administrator, temporary signs must be placed in a position that is visible from approaching vehicles

    and are required to be of a durable material with each sign face containing the full name of the street, or other applicable information, in reflective letters that are at least four inches (4”) in height.

Prior to the issuance of permits for more than 80% of the lots within a section

  • By the earlier of issuance of building permits for 80% of the lots on the plan of development, or 18 months from the recordation of the underlying final plat, the developer must complete all required improvements, including, but not limited to, subdivision entrances, turn lanes, roads, sidewalks, curbs, gutters, fire protection improvements, landscaping, and permanent street signs. Once the applicable standard has been reached, no additional subsequent building permits will be issued until the required infrastructure is completed. For developments having public roads, completed means the roads have been accepted into the state system for maintenance.

Prior to the issuance of the 50th building permit within a section OR if phased development, prior to the issuance of permits for more than 49 lots, which utilize a single point of access to the existing state road system

  • The second entrance and other associated road improvements shall be fully installed including turn lanes

Prior to the issuance of each Certificate of Occupancy

  • Apply the base or final coat of pavement on the entrances, turn lane, applicable road segments from the nearest subdivision entrance to the farthest property line of the building site requesting the CO
  • Install all required fire protection improvements for the section, including but not limited to:
    • Water tanks
    • Fire Lane Signage
    • Hydrants
    • Emergency vehicle turnarounds
    • Emergency access roads