Development Ordinance Amendments (DOAM)

Development Ordinance Amendments (DOAM) are draft amendments to the Facilities Standards Manual or Codified Ordinance prepared by staff and/or the Facilities Standards Manual Public Review Committee for review by the Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors. Codified Ordinance amendments are usually only reviewed by the Board of Supervisors.


The purpose of the DOAM is to ensure consistency with the proposed Zoning Ordinance Amendment (ZOAM-2017-0005), which proposes amendments to the buffering and screening standards of the Revised 1993 Loudoun County Zoning Ordinance.  The ZOAM and DOAM also address the Board Member Initiative (BMI) approved (7-0-2; Buffington and Higgins absent) on March 7, 2017, directing staff to develop ordinance language to preserve existing and historic cemeteries and burial grounds.

Current Status

On July 30, 2019, the Planning Commission held a Public Hearing regarding the ZOAM/DOAM and forwarded the amendments to the Board with a recommendation of approval with direction to staff to remove the Preservation Buffer and related requirements, and add language that would limit grading to a 3:1 slope in the area 25 feet beyond the limits of the Protection Buffer.


The purpose of the DOAM is to: 1) establish new requirements in regard to Emergency Vehicle Preemption for the safe passage of emergency vehicles through signalized intersections and to improve emergency response times 2) amend the Fire Apparatus Access Road standards to be consistent with the Loudoun County Fire Prevention Code (FSM only); 3) amend the Standard Curb and Gutter Individual Driveway Entrance Figure consistent with Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) requirements (FSM only), and 4) amend Latent Defect Indemnification Agreement and bond standards to streamline the bonding process (FSM only).

Current Status

On June 13, 2019, the Planning Commission recommended retaining the existing 25-foot 2-way Category B roadway width and supported the staff-recommended Fire Apparatus Access road widths with parking. On July 10, 2019, the Board of Supervisors held a Public Hearing regarding the DOAM and forwarded the amendments to the September 2019 Transportation and Land Use Committee for further discussion.

Past Meeting Documents