Wetlands Board

May 2, 2018 by Kevin Gentry


Board Members are: John E. Boyd, Woodson Armstead, Monica Sanders (Vice Chairman), David Laughton, Wesley Dolezal(Chairman), and Marc Longest (Staff).

The Middlesex County Wetlands Board reviews requests for permits for the use, alteration or development of tidal wetlands, and enforces the regulation of the Middlesex County Wetlands Ordinance and the Coastal Primary Sand Dunes and Beaches ordinance.

The Board's jurisdiction concerns non-vegetated tidal wetlands between mean low water and mean high water, and vegetated tidal wetlands from mean low water to an elevation one and one-half times the mean tide range beach jurisdictional concerns extend from the low water line landward to where there is a marked change in either material composition or physiographic form such as a dune,bluff,or marsh, or where no such change can be identified, to the line of woody vegetation, (usually the effective limit of storm waves), or the nearest impermeable man-made structure, such as a bulkhead, revetment, or paved road.

Public notices of Wetlands Board public hearings are displayed as classified legal advertisements in the Southside Sentinel prior to the public hearing date.

Coastal Primary Sand Dune jurisdictional concerns are from a mound of unconsolidated sandy soil which is contiguous to mean high water, whose landward and lateral limits are marked by a change in grade from ten percent or greater to less than ten percent.


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Meeting Location Meeting Day Meeting Time Contact Number

County Courthouse Complex
877 General Puller Highway
Saluda, VA 23149

2nd Tuesday 9:00 AM (804) 758-3382


Wetlands Board Members

February 6, 2014 by Kevin Gentry
Members of the Wetlands Board are appointed to five year terms by the Board of Supervisors of Middlesex County.  The Wetlands Board meets on the 2nd Tuesday at 9:00 a.m. in the Board Room of the Woodward Building.  Meetings are open to the public and a copy of the agenda is available upon request.

Board Members



David Laughton
(804)758-4922   Saluda m.laughton@co.middlesex.va.us
Monica Sanders



Vice Chairman Harmony Village m.sanders@co.middlesex.va.us
Woodson Armstead (804)776-9413   Pinetop  
John E. Boyd H-(804)758-5357
Wesley Dolezal H-(804)776-9302
Chairman Pinetop f.dolezal@co.middlesex.va.us



Army Corp Joint Permit Application

July 13, 2018 by Glenn Nix

There are two different Joint Permit Applications available for use depending on the type of activity that you are proposing.
The JPAs include detailed instructions on how to apply. If you propose to impact tidal waters, or wetlands, or dunes/beaches in the Tidewater area of Virginia, you may be eligible to use the TIDEWATER JPA, an abbreviated version of the Joint Permit Application. Activities eligible to use the Tidewater JPA include piers, boathouses, boat ramps, moorings, marinas, aquaculture facilities, riprap revetments, bulkheads, marsh toe stabilizations, breakwaters, beach nourishment, groins, jetties, road crossings over tidal waterways, and utility lines over or under tidal waterways.

Tidewater JPA PDF document with fillable forms

Dredging and excavation projects in tidal waterways/wetlands MUST use the Standard JPA.

Standard JPA PDF document with fillable forms


Wetlands Board Minutes

February 14, 2018 by Glenn Nix

Please note that Wetlands Board minutes will not be posted to the website until they have been formally approved by the Wetlands Board at their regular meeting. You can read or download archived minutes in Adobe Acrobat® PDF format by accessing the drop down menu below.




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