Washington County Zoning Office
Michael P. Rutherford
100 E. Main St. Suite 103
Jonesborough, TN 37659
(423) 753-1753; Fax 753-1824
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays
Washington County Zoning: Balancing growth with resource protection
Zoning — the practice of regulating development in an orderly way that protects the environment and the general welfare of all citizens — has become increasingly important as Washington County's population has grown over the years.
The county's zoning office consists of director Mike Rutherford and four employees. Their duties are broad, ranging, from investigating citizen complaints about ordinance violations to overseeing the permitting and approval process for building projects. Throw in an ever-changing stream of state and federal requirements on stormwater, building codes and other issues, and the result is a busy office where learning never stops.
The bottom line is this: Washington County is a growing community with beautiful farms, mountains, rivers and streams. As more people discover its charms, it will continue to grow. The Zoning Office strives to oversee that growth in a balanced way — helping developers and businesses achieve their goals without compromising natural resources or citizens' general welfare. In other words, without jeopardizing the very charms that keep Washington County a great place to live.
For the "legalese" version of the Zoning Office's purpose, straight out of the ordinance that established it, click the link below. You will also find attachments containing the current Zoning Ordinance in its entirety, and the county's subdivision regulations: