The Engineering Office is responsible for reviewing submittals for major subdivision, commercial site plan development, and land disturbing activities. In addition, the Engineering Office manages the County’s erosion and sediment control program, drainage improvement projects, and the stormwater maintenance program. The Engineering Office also provides other County departments with engineering support on an as needed basis.
Major Subdivision Submittals:
When major subdivision development is proposed and the property is properly zoned, the applicant will submit a Preliminary Plat followed by construction plans and a final plat. The Engineering Office will review these submittals to ensure compliance with Stormwater and Erosion and Sediment Control Ordinances.
Commercial Site Plan Review:
Site plans are routed from the Zoning Office to the Engineering Office for review. The County reviews the site plan in accordance with the Erosion and Sediment Control Ordinance and the Stormwater Ordinance.
Single Family Dwellings:
The Engineering Office will review the Agreement-in-Lieu-of-a-Plan before signing off on a building permit. The Engineering Office also inspects single family dwellings for compliance on a complaint only basis.
Land Disturbing Activities/Erosion and Sediment Control Program:
Any land disturbance of 10,000 square feet or more in area requires a Land Disturbing Permit be obtained from the Engineering Office. A more detailed description of the permit application process can be found here. All requirements of the Erosion and Sediment Control Ordinance and the Stormwater Ordinance must be met. Once the plans are approved, fees are paid, and a surety bond received, the Land Disturbing Permit will be issued and construction may begin. These requirements must be met as part of both the major subdivision process and the site plan process. Once the Land Disturbing Permit is issued, the County conducts periodic inspections of the project site to ensure all erosion and sediment control measures are installed and properly maintained.
Stormwater Maintenance Program:
The Augusta County Board of Supervisors approves funds every year to provide maintenance within current County drainage easements. Projects include minor erosion repairs, channel construction, over-seeding, and mowing.
The Engineering Office oversees maintenance and bi-annual inspections of Mills Creek Dam located in the eastern part of the County. Engineering staff also works with nearby localities, state and federal agencies to re-habilitate other dams located within the County.