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MAIN OFFICE PHONE:  (540) 375-3032|E-MAIL:
HOURS:  M-F 8am-5pm |LOCATION:  21 South Bruffey Street, Salem, VA 24153

Community Development

MAIN OFFICE PHONE:  (540) 375-3032|E-MAIL:
HOURS:  M-F 8am-5pm |LOCATION:  21 South Bruffey Street, Salem, VA 24153

Building Salem's Future

The Department of Community Development is a multidisciplinary team of professionals dedicated to ensuring that the residents of Salem have the kind of future they deserve.

Our office is located at 21 South Bruffey Street, and houses the Building Inspections, Engineering, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Planning, and Zoning functions for Salem.  It is your one-stop-shop for building permits, plan review, rezoning requests, community outreach planning activities, zoning questions and more.

Charles E. Van Allman Jr. P.E., L.S.
Director of Community Development



Building Inspections

The Building Inspections Division oversees the process of Building Plan review, the issuance of building, trades and sign permits, and all building and trades inspections.

Building Official - Troy Loving


The Engineering Division oversees the construction of public works projects, repaving of roads, stormwater regulations, and provides technical expertise to other city departments.

City Engineer - Will Simpson

Geographic Information Systems

The Geographic Information Systems Division oversees the city’s spatial information data, provides mapping services to other city departments, and maintains public access to accurate GIS data.

GIS Coordinator - Charles Grant


The Planning Division oversees all plan development efforts such as the Downtown Plan and the Comprehensive Plan.It also manages the activities of the Planning Commission and handles requests for rezoning, Special Exception Permits, the Site Plan review process, and various other long range activities.

City Planner - Benjamin W. Tripp


The Zoning Division oversees current activities and ongoing development, all zoning compliance reviews, zoning permits and determinations of use.

Zoning Administrator - Mary Ellen Wines





On or about April 1, 2019 the City of Salem will submit a request to the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) for the release of funds under the Community Development Block Grant, Downtown Business District Revitalization, under Grant #18-12.  Title 24 of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1974, as amended, to undertake a project known as CDBG Business District Revitalization, for the purpose of façade improvements, placemaking, and streetscape improvements located on Main Street, between Union Street and Thompson Memorial Drive.


The City of Salem has determined that the project will have no significant impact on the human environment.  Therefore, an Environmental Impact Statement under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) is not required.  Additional project information is contained in the Environmental Review Record (ERR) on file at the Office of Community Development, 21 South Bruffey Street, Salem, Virginia, and may be examined or copied weekdays 8 A.M. to 5 P.M.


Any individual, group, or agency disagreeing with this determination or wishing to comment on the project may submit written comments to Benjamin Tripp, City Planner 21 South Bruffey Street, Salem, Virginia.  All comments received by March 30, 2019, will be considered by the City of Salem prior to authorizing submission of a request for release of funds.  Commenters should specify which part of this Notice they are addressing.


The City of Salem certifies to DHCD that Benjamin W. Tripp in his capacity as City Planner consents to accept the jurisdiction of the Federal Courts if an action is brought to enforce responsibilities in relation to the environmental review process and that these responsibilities have been satisfied.  DHCD’S approval of the certification satisfies its responsibilities under NEPA and related laws and authorities, and allows the City of Salem to use Program funds.


DHCD will consider objections to its release of funds and the City of Salem’s certification received by April 16, 2019 or a period of fifteen days from its receipt of the request (whichever is later) only if they are on one of the following bases: (a) the certification was not executed by the Certifying Officer or other officer of the City of Salem approved by DHCD;  (b) the City of Salem has omitted a step or failed to make a decision or finding required by HUD regulations at 24 CFR Part 58; (c) the grant recipient or other participants in the project have committed funds or incurred costs not authorized by 24 CFR Part 58 before approval of a release of funds by DHCD; or (d) another Federal agency acting pursuant to 40 CFR Part 1504 has submitted a written finding that the project is unsatisfactory from the standpoint of environmental quality.  Objections must be prepared and submitted in accordance with the required procedures (24 CFR Part 58) and shall be addressed to DHCD at:

Virginia Department of Housing & Community Development
Attn:  Program Administration and Assistance Office
Main Street Centre
600 E. Main St., Suite 300
Richmond, Virginia 23219 2430
(804) 371-7061 [TTP 371-7089 / FAX 371-7093]

Potential objectors should contact DHCD to verify the actual last day of the objection period.

Benjamin W. Tripp, City Planner


Final Notice and Public Explanation of a Proposed Activity in a 100-Year/500-year Floodplain

To:  All interested Agencies, Department of Conservation & Recreation, Virginia Marine Resource Commission, Army Corps of Engineers, Groups and Individuals

This is to give notice that the City of Salem, Virginia has conducted an evaluation as required by Executive Order 11988, in accordance with HUD regulations at 24 CFR 55.20 Subpart C Procedures for Making Determinations on Floodplain Management and Wetlands Protection.  The activity is funded under the Community Development Block Grant, Downtown Business District Revitalization, under Grant #18-12.  As part of Salem’s Downtown Plan program, Façade and streetscape improvements will be made to various buildings along Main Street, between Union Street and Thompson Memorial Drive, creating no additional units.  No adverse effect to the floodplain is anticipated.  Portions of the project are located within an approximately ten-acre area of floodzones.  The proposed project(s) is located on Main Street, between Union Street and Thompson Memorial Drive in Salem, Virginia.

The City of Salem has considered the following alternatives and mitigation measures to be taken to minimize adverse impacts and to restore and preserve natural and beneficial values:  (i) The properties to be improved are located within the floodplain, (ii) the only alternative would be to not do the project, (iii) no encroachment will be made into the flood plain, nor any materials used that may alter it or raise flood elevations.  All applicable state and local floodplain protection procedures will be complied with.

The City of Salem has reevaluated the alternatives to building in the floodplain and has determined that it has no practicable alternative.  Environmental files that document compliance with steps 3 through 6 of Executive Order 11988, are available for public inspection, review and copying upon request at the times and location delineated in the last paragraph of this notice for receipt of comments.  

There are three primary purposes for this notice.  First, people who may be affected by activities in floodplains and those who have an interest in the protection of the natural environment should be given an opportunity to express their concerns and provide information about these areas.  Second, an adequate public notice program can be an important public educational tool.  The dissemination of information and request for public comment about floodplains can facilitate and enhance Federal efforts to reduce the risks and impacts associated with the occupancy and modification of these special areas.  Third, as a matter of fairness, when the Federal government determines it will participate in actions taking place in floodplains, it must inform those who may be put at greater or continued risk.

Written comments must be received by the City of Salem at the following address on or before March 21, 2019:  The City of Salem, Community Development, P. O. Box 869, 21 South Bruffey Street, Salem, Virginia  24153, and (540) 375-3032, Attention:  Benjamin W. Tripp, City Planner.  A full description of the project may also be reviewed from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the same location.  Comments may also be submitted via email at

Date:  March 12, 2019