Zoning Ordinance Amendments (ZOAMS)

Loudoun County Zoning Administration is working on a number of Zoning Ordinance Amendments (ZOAMs) to the Revised 1993 Loudoun County Zoning Ordinance

Active Zoning Ordinance Amendments

Name Number Description Status
Prime Agricultural Soil and Cluster Subdivision
ZOAM-2020-0002 To amend the cluster residential development standards in the AR-1 and AR-2 zoning districts to prioritize the preservation of prime agricultural soils to support the long-term viability of farming in the Rural Policy Area (RPA). The ZOAM is further intended to improve the overall design of clustered residential development in the Rural Policy Area (RPA). The Board of Supervisors approved a Resolution of Intent to Amend the Revised 1993 Zoning Ordinance on June 21, 2022. The Planning Commission held a public hearing on November 14, 2022, and voted to forward the ZOAM to a future Planning Commission work session. View the video of the November 14 public hearing. The date of the work session is to be determined. Story maps continue to be available on GeoHub. View project documents here.
Short Term Residential Rentals ZOAM-2018-0001 To allow for short-term rentals. Conceptually, this ZOAM seeks to 1) establish short-term rentals as a new accessory use to residential uses; 2) establish commercial whole house rentals as a new principal use; 3) establish new and/or existing additional use regulations and/or performance standards to address short-term rentals; and 4) establish new and/or revise existing definitions to address short-term rentals.  The Planning Commission held a public hearing June 28, 2022, regarding the proposed ZOAM related to short-term residential rentals.  The Planning Commission held work sessions on September 8 and October 13, 2022, and forwarded the ZOAM to the Board of Supervisors with a recommendation of approval. The Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing on December 14, 2022. View more information on the project page.

Zoning Ordinance Rewrite ZOAM-2020-0001 View Information on the Zoning Ordinance Rewrite here View the project timeline here.
Airport Impact Overlay District ZOAM-2021-0002 and ZMAP-2021-0011 This ZOAM would amend the requirements of Section 4-1400: Requirements of the Airport Impact Overlay District. The Board of Supervisors held a public hearing on November 9, 2022, and voted to forward the ZOAM to the January 17, 2023, business meeting for further consideration.  View more information on the project page.
Dulles Airport Solar Project ZOAM-2022-0002 and ZMAP-2022-0011 Amendments are being considered to permit Dominion Energy, in coordination with the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, to establish a ground-mounted solar energy generation facility at Dulles Airport.  The Board of Supervisors held a public hearing October 12, 2022, and voted to forward ZMAP-2022-0011 to the November 1, 2022 business meeting for action and to forward ZOAM-2022-0011 to the Transportation and Land Use Committee (TLUC) for further discussion. View the October 12, 2022 meeting video. At the November 1, 2022 business meeting, the Board of Supervisors voted to approve ZMAP-2022-0011. View the video of the November 1 discussion. The TLUC meeting is scheduled for November 16, 2022. View project documents here.