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Lory Markham


With over a decade of experience in development review and land use planning with the City of Richmond, Lory founded Markham Planning and joined One South Commercial as a commercial agent, where she specializes in complex, innovative mixed-use development deals, infill opportunities, multifamily investment portfolios, and repositioning underutilized property.

As Principal Planner for the City of Richmond, Lory’s experience includes serving as Secretary to the city’s Planning Commission and overseeing the review of all development projects in the City that needed special approval. Her contributions to development in the City were recognized in her selection as a “Top 40 Under 40” by Style Weekly.

She has extensive knowledge of the Richmond market, zoning and development review process, historic tax credits, and neighborhood development. Her focus is on making places better and maximizing their potential. 


Planning Services


Focused on the Richmond Metro, Markham Planning has the local experience, contacts and knowledge base to add value to any planning effort in the region. Community engagement and facilitation, government operations, and land use and zoning are our areas of strength. 



If your project needs special approval, whether it is a subdivision plat, rezoning, variance or special use permit, we will get you through the entitlement process. We have the expertise to handle the neighborhood meetings, draft ordinances, and testify before the City Council.

Permit Expediting


We navigate the complicated world of codes, permitting and bureaucracy so you can focus on the end result. We are a team of professionals who have worked in local government and will save you time and money gaining approvals for everything from complex and large scale construction projects to small repair jobs.

Development Potential


We will get the most out of your property. Parking requirements, setbacks, lot coverage, stormwater, utilities and grandfathered rights all play a part in how land can be developed. We will analyze the physical constraints and the codes to create the most livable communities and maximize the development potential for your property, neighborhood or city.


23 West Broad Street, Suite 304

Richmond, Virginia 23220



Tel: (804) 248-2561

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Markham Planning will make your property, neighborhood and locality more valuable. Whether you want to develop a quarter acre property or you are a city that needs an ordinance overhaul, we have the expertise that will bring your vision to fruition.