Zoning Ordinance Rewrite
- The Zoning Ordinance is the primary implementation tool for the 2019 General Plan.
- It contains an added level of specificity that is based on the community’s vision as expressed in the goals, policies and actions of the 2019 General Plan.
- The overhaul project, which kicked off in September 2019, is expected to take approximately 24 months.
- Input from the Board, advisory bodies, various departments, community and industry groups, and the Zoning Ordinance Action Group will be factored into the final product.
- A number of Zoning Ordinance Amendments have been rolled into the overhaul project.
The main focus areas of the Zoning Ordinance Rewrite include:
- Implementation of the new comprehensive plan vision, especially the Urban Policy Area (UPA), which involves new place types with densities, standards, building forms, and infrastructure that have yet to be realized in Loudoun County.
- Modernization: revising land uses and definitions to reflect the current marketplace, reevaluating parking ratios and calculations, update lot and building standards, and aligning how the County administers planned unit developments with modern practice.
- Consistency audit: analyzing existing standards and striving for consistency within the document and across zoning districts when feasible.
- Structure and flow: improving the document structure, making it user-friendly and clear.
- Opportunities and challenges: evaluating input from stakeholders about the current Zoning Ordinance and making improvements where appropriate.
- Legislation: incorporating changes based on new or revised provisions of the Code of Virginia, court cases, and best management practices promulgated by the Virginia Association of Zoning Officials, Urban Land Institute, and American Planning Association.
- September 19, 2019: Board of Supervisors Business Meeting - Project Plan and Staff Presentation
- September 19, 2019: Summary of Board Action (PDF)
- For questions about the Zoning Ordinance Rewrite project, email Planning and Zoning or call 703-777-0246.