Expression of Density in Non-Suburban and Residential Zoning Districts

Proposed Zoning Ordinance Amendment (ZOAM-2018-0005)

Overview

  • This amendment changes how residential density regulations are expressed, or stated, in certain zoning districts. 
  • In certain non-suburban and suburban zoning districts, regulations governing residential density are expressed as the maximum number of lots permitted per a specified area of land (number of acres or square feet). 
  • If the Zoning Ordinance is amended as proposed, the regulations for all non-suburban and suburban zoning districts will express residential density as the maximum number of principal dwelling units permitted per a specified area of land.
  • The county seeks to have residential density regulations expressed consistently for all zoning districts. The regulations for numerous  zoning districts that permit residential uses already express residential density as the maximum number of dwelling units per area of land.  This Zoning Ordinance Amendment will ensure that all zoning districts' regulations express residential density in the same manner.  
  • This Zoning Ordinance Amendment will make the county’s Zoning Ordinance consistent with the county's Comprehensive Plan (Revised General Plan), which  expresses residential density as the number of dwelling units permitted per area of land.
  • This Zoning Ordinance Amendment will not change or impact the existing or future residential density of properties within the affected zoning districts.  
  • The ordinance proposes to amend the regulations of the Revised 1993 Loudoun County Zoning Ordinance  in order to express residential density as the maximum number of dwelling units permitted per area of land (i.e. dwelling units per acre) in specific zoning districts.

Zoning Districts Affected by this Proposed Amendment

To see the Zoning District in which a property is located, view a map of the Zoning Districts and enter the address.
  • Agricultural Rural – 1 (AR-1)
  • Agricultural Rural – 2 (AR-2)
  • Agriculture (A-10)
  • Agricultural Residential (A-3)
  • Countryside Residential – 1 (CR-1)
  • Countryside Residential – 2 (CR-2)
  • Countryside Residential – 3 (CR-3)
  • Countryside Residential – 4 (CR-4)
  • Transitional Residential – 1 (TR-1)
  • Transitional Residential – 2 (TR-2)
  • Transitional Residential – 3 (TR-3)
  • Transitional Residential – 10 (TR-10)
  • Single Family Residential (R-1)
  • Single Family Residential (R-2)
  • Single Family Residential (R-3)
  • Single Family Residential (R-4)

Public Hearing

The Loudoun County Planning Commission held a public hearing to consider the amendments to the Zoning Ordinance (ZOAM-2018-0005) on Tuesday, March 26, 2019. The staff report and proposed changes are online:

All work sessions are recorded and available for viewing via the webcast archives. the day following the meeting. 

Prior Meetings

At the October 2, 2018, Board of Supervisors business meeting, the Board adopted a Resolution of Intent to Amend the Revised 1993 Loudoun County Zoning Ordinance (ZOAM-2018-0005) to express Residential Density as the Maximum Number of Dwelling Units Permitted Per Area of Land. The staff report and webcast of the meeting is available: 

For More Information

Email the Department of Planning and Zoning  or call 703-777-0180.