Pagan River: Virginia Waterfront Property Law Case Examples

Dusk on the Pagan River in Isle of Wight, Virginia.

Riparian Rights: Waterfront Property Virginia

Jim Lang and his team at Pender & Coward, P.C. work hard to protect the rights of Virginians who live, work, and play on the 3,285 square miles of water in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Jim and his team have decades of experience taking care of people like you throughout Virginia in all matters related to waterfront (riparian) property rights, maritime & admiralty law, and environmental law.

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Legal Services for Pagan River Waterfront Property Owners in Virginia

Located in Isle of Wight County, the Pagan River is a 12.5 mile-long tributary of the James River. Smithfield, a colonial seaport town, and its National Register-listed Smithfield Historic District sits on the banks of the Pagan. Rescue, Battery Park, Mogarts Beach, Lawson, Carrollton Estates, Watergate Estates, Merry Point Estates and Booker T Estates are all within five miles of Pagan River. Smithfield became an integral part of Hampton Roads’ trading port with the help of the Pagan River. It’s also a river that has been largely unaffected by development, and is surrounded by wetlands, grasslands, and more. 

Our teams’ extensive knowledge of waterfront (riparian) property rights law, maritime and admiralty law, and environmental law has helped clients all across Virginia.


Examples Of Our Team Experience Defending Pagan River Property Owners

Successfully assisted our clients in gaining approval for their after-the-fact CBPA exception

We helped our client apply for a Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act (CBPA) “after the fact” exception after they were issued a Notice of Violation. They built a new patio on top of a cement slab in the backyard of their property that came with the house. The contractor assured them no permits were necessary. But, after calling the Isle of Wight County Environmental Planning Office to see if they could remove some trees without violating any laws, they were issued the Notice of Violation. With our help, the clients applied for the CBPA exception, we coordinated an in-depth Water Quality Impact Assessment, and developed a detailed landscaping plan to mitigate the loss of buffer area in the RPA. With our efforts, we won at the Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors in gaining approval for their after-the-fact CBPA exception to keep their new patio.

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We Protect Your Waterfront Property, Maritime, and Environmental Rights

These represent just a few of the many instances in which Jim and his team have assisted clients on or near Virginia’s waterways. If you have a legal issue pertaining to any Virginia waterway, call Jim Lang and his team at (757) 502-7326 or email him at:

The Pagan River runs through Windsor Castle Park in Smithfield, Virginia.


Waterfront & Riparian Rights Law Experience With Virginia Waterway

We work in one of the longest and most diverse coastlines in the world - 7,213 miles – over three times the distance between Virginia Beach and San Diego. Virginia is also home to numerous rivers and tributaries, and a great variety of wetlands. These waterways include:

Although no two cases are alike, click on the links above to see examples of our work helping Virginians in the waterways of Virginia. We’re standing by and ready to help navigate your unique situation - Schedule Your Consultation.

Serving Commercial and Residential Property Owners on the Pagan River

The Pagan River is a 12.5-mile-long tributary of the James River, located in Isle of Wight County, Virginia. The colonial seaport town of Smithfield sits on the banks of this river.

Formed about three miles north of Smithfield, the river runs narrow until it is joined by Cypress Creek. The Pagan then opens to a large expanse of wetlands and marsh before bottle-necking into the James River.

Neighboring cities include: Smithfield, VA; Carrollton, VA; Hampton, VA; Benns Church, VA; Poquoson, VA; Rushmere, VA; Yorktown, VA; Newport News, VA; Windsor, VA; Rescue, VA; Battery Park, VA; Mogarts Beach, VA; Lawson, VA