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Markham Planning will make your property, neighborhood and locality more valuable.


Lory Markham


Born and raised on a Virginia farm just outside the City of Richmond, Lory Markham has always been fascinated by settlement patterns and how urban growth happens. Her professional history, market knowledge, and passion for making places better equip her to work toward the continued growth of Richmond. 

Lory graduated summa cum laude from Hollins University and earned her MA in Urban and Environmental Planning at the University of Virginia’s School of Architecture. After two years at the Richmond Regional Planning District Commission, she continued her public service at the City of Richmond. As Principal Planner for the City of Richmond, Lory served as Secretary to the city’s Planning Commission and managed the review of all development projects in the City that needed special approval. 

In 2017, after over a decade of experience with the City of Richmond, Lory started a planning consulting company, Markham Planning, and joined One South Commercial as a commercial agent. Her extensive knowledge of the Richmond market, zoning and development review process, and neighborhood development has made her a prominent figure in the Richmond real estate market. And her focus remains in 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. 

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.



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.

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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