Local Government

The Harrisonburg Metro Area consists of two separate jurisdictions, each with a long-standing reputation for collaboration and cooperation: Rockingham County and the City of Harrisonburg.
 
In both jurisdictions, rezoning applications filed by new or existing businesses are reviewed by their respective Planning Commissions, which issue recommendations to the Board of Supervisors or the City Council. The Board and the Council make the final decisions on rezoning requests.

The two jurisdictions differ in their business permitting requirements:
  • Harrisonburg requires businesses to be licensed.
  • Rockingham County does not require business licenses. All business approvals and land-use applications, which are administered under the zoning ordinance, are approved for specific properties.
 Contact us to learn more about the way our government is structured to help businesses in Rockingham County.

Meet Our Staff

George K. Anas, II
Assistant County Administrator /
Director of Economic Development
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Michele Bridges
Economic Development and Tourism Manager
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Casey Armstrong
Community Development Director
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Pete Kesecker
Development Plan Manager
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Diana Stultz
Zoning Administrator / Subdivision Agent
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Rhonda Cooper
Director of Planning
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James May
Senior Planner
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Barry Hertzler
Director of Public Works
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Phillip Rhodes
Deputy Director of Public Works
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Kathy McQuain
Parks and Recreation Director
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