Director of Community Development
Bret Schardein serves as Powhatan’s Director of Community Development, managing the day-to-day functions of the Planning & Zoning and Building departments, including the County’ GIS mapping system and environmental regulations. Bret joined the County in 2016.
Schardein brings a wealth of local government experience working in growing rural localities, having been the Planning Director/Deputy County Administrator for Cumberland County and the Director of Community Development for King William County.
Bret earned undergraduate and master’s degrees in Urban and Regional Planning from Virginia Commonwealth University and holds American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) and Certified Zoning Administrator (CZA) certifications. Bret lives with his wife and three daughters.