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The Town Council of St. Paul, Virginia, hereby gives notice that the Public Hearing scheduled by the Town Council at its regular meeting held on October 17, 2016 for Monday, November 21, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. has been CANCELLED.  A new date for the public hearing will be discussed and chosen at the next regular meeting of the Town Council which will be held on Monday, November 21, 2016, at the St. Paul Town Hall located at 16531 Russell Street, St. Paul, Virginia 24283.  The public hearing that is being scheduled is in connection with the Hills’ rezoning application pertaining to the Hills’ real property consisting of 150 acres, more or less, located at 16202 Bull Run Road, St. Paul, Virginia, in addition to a request that the Town of St. Paul amend the text of its zoning ordinance’s I-1 Heavy Industrial District to include “mineral extraction and processing, including underground mining, surface mining, extraction and removal of coal, stone, gravel, and sand and similar minerals or raw materials and structures and activities accessory thereto, including the transportation of minerals extracted; provided that all mining activities are conducted in accordance with applicable regulations of the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy and pursuant to permits or licenses issued by said department, where applicable.”  An exact and more thorough copy of the proposed amendment and rezoning application can be examined and reviewed at St. Paul’s Town Hall, located at 16531 Russell Street, St. Paul, Virginia 24283.  


                                                                                    Debora Baca, Town Clerk/Treasurer            



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We are St. Paul...

We are a place of extraordinary natural
beauty, where the pristine Clinch River serves as the lifeblood of our community. St Paul was founded along the banks of the Clinch in the center of a region filled with natural treasures, from our southern rolling hills, to the mountain peaks and coalfields of our north. Our history has moved with the gentle flow of the River, and our future is defined by the environmental riches the River continues to provide for us. Read more...

Take a moment and read the latest Mayor's Message, for an update on the state of our Town and various projects in the works and planning stages. While you're at it, take time to visit St. Paul's Strategic Plan for Downtown Revitalization.

Small Town, Big Ideas

Virginia Municipal League names
St. Paul top achiever  
for towns with populations under 5,000 

October 8, 2014
by Stephen Igo, Kingsport Times News

ST. PAUL — No small town in all of Virginia has done better to make the most of what it's got than St. Paul, according to the Virginia Municipal League.

During its recently concluded annual conference in Roanoke, the VML named its 2014 Virginia Municipal League Awards across a variety of population categories, the smallest being 5,000 and under.

St. Paul is well under 5,000, with a population of 997 souls, but stands as a shining example to larger and wealthier burgs across the commonwealth to make the most of what you have, and run with it.

In the VML's September issue of Virginia Town & City magazine with articles on each of the 2014 Achievement Awards municipalities by population category, the VML practically gushed over St. Paul's determination to move beyond an eroding coal-based economy into an eco-future.

The magazine noted things began in 2005 with a group of town officials and volunteers calling themselves St. Paul Tomorrow "to become a model of positive ecologically responsible economic development," devising a three-point strategic plan to be a model for environmentally friendly downtown revitalization, promote nature-based tourism, and promote business development opportunities compatible with the town's image.

"St. Paul has since been a leader in creating a new tourism industry that will benefit the entire region," the magazine observes. "The town government has developed a master plan adding a fourth strategy, 'Establish St. Paul as an educational ecological epicenter.'"

The VML provides a laundry list of initiatives and accomplishments toward that end since 2005, ranging from a St. Paul trailhead for the Mountain View ATV Trail and the privateers of Clinch River Adventures tubing and kayaking venture, but to establish St. Paul "as a tourism hub for outdoor adventure didn't happen overnight," the League notes.

"In 2010 the town began the process of granting the historic Blue Bell Island and surrounding area to The Nature Conservancy to protect the island and a planned hiking trail well into the future. Last summer, a cadre of volunteers cleared the trail and spread gravel," and the result is a 10-mile trail that begins and ends in town limits that connects the Blue Bell Island Preserve to the established Oxbow Lake and Sugar Hill Loop Trail.

The town's adoption of an ATV-friendly ordinance in 2011 was a huge step among many — with emphasis on many, the VML said.

"It was not a single action or project that transformed the town into a popular tourism venue," said the League, "but instead a conglomerate of plans and projects inspired by a forward-thinking town government, a determined group of volunteers and regional cooperation."

When a good town gets down, the League said its good people get up and going, and the 997 of St. Paul certainly did.

"Through countless hours of volunteerism, persistence and a profound determination of community leaders with a defined plan," reads the achievement award article, "the big ideas and dreams of transforming a small community into a viable tourism center has culminated in the past year.

"In 2005, St. Paul had only a vision, but in 2014 it has nine new businesses — six related to outdoor recreation — new recreational facilities, and busy streets once again."



The trailhead is just off 3rd Avenue at Maggie Way. Get your permits and start enjoying the ride! Trail permits allow riders to travel through downtown St. Paul on their ATVs. No 4-lane/highway use though! 
There are several retailers in St. Paul selling permits. For permits and day pass retailers, visit


Town Hall

276-762-5297 (phone)
276-762-0479 (fax)

PO Box 66

16531 Russell Street
St. Paul, Virginia 24283

H. Kyle Fletcher



Police Dept.



Fire Dept.



for emergencies only

Public Works


(M-F 8:00 am - 4:30 pm)


(evenings, weekends, holidays)
Water Plant
Sewage Department
Street Department
Swimming Pool
Virginia Governor McDonnell designates St. Paul
"Virginia Main Street Town"




Wetlands Estonoa


Teresa Vencil

Exec. Director 



Heart of Appalachia
Tourism Authority
3028 4th Ave. Market Sq.
St. Paul, VA 24283

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