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Commonwealth's Counties

Joe Lerch, AICP


Director of Local Government Policy

Areas of Coverage: General Government | Land Use | Economic Development | Planning and Zoning | Wireless Communications | State Budget

Phone: 804.343.2506 | Email:

Steering Committees
Economic Development and Planning | Energy

Joe serves as Director of Local Government Policy for VACo. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in geology from William and Mary and a master’s degree in urban and regional planning from Virginia Tech.

Joe has worked as a planner for the Cities of Fairfax and Richmond, and Spotsylvania County. He also served as a Planning Commissioner for the City of Fredericksburg. His various professional memberships include the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), the Virginia Chapter of the American Planning Association, The Virginia Rural Planning Caucus and National Association of Counties.

Previously, Joe served as the director of environmental policy for the Virginia Municipal League and was the Secretary/Treasurer for the Virginia Energy Purchasing Governmental Association (VEPGA).