Mar 08

Project Update: March 2021

Posted on March 8, 2021 at 4:12 PM by MaryFrances Forcier

Project Update: March 2021
Best Management Practices Research

As specified in the project plan, Kendig Keast Collaborative has completed to complete two Best Practices Assessments to inform the ZOR project:

Code Audit

The project also calls for a code audit, which evaluates the county’s code structure, districts, development standards, use regulations, and code administration process. The code audit, completed by WSP, includes recommended updates to the Zoning Ordinance that improve usability, modernize regulations, and implement the Loudoun County 2019 General Plan. 

Round Two Public Input

  • Between January and March, remote public input sessions have taken place with more than 30 community groups. 
  • Individuals are encouraged to participate in the public input process. 
  • To submit comments or questions:

Searchable Online Platform for Zoning Ordinances

  • Significant progress has been made in building an online interactive platform for the county’s Zoning Ordinance(s), which will be linked from the county’s website. The 1972, 1993, Revised 1993, and Route 28 Overlay Zoning Ordinances have been migrated into the cloud-based software, which supports collaborative drafting, archiving, and code publishing. 
  • The online platform will allow the public to search all county Zoning Ordinances via text or GIS map interface, guide users towards appropriate ordinance sections based on their interests, and provide a mechanism for internal and public comments on proposed Ordinance amendments.
  • The new platform is expected to be released in Summer 2021.
Nov 17

November 2020 Update: Zoning Ordinance Committee

Posted on November 17, 2020 at 11:53 AM by MaryFrances Forcier

At its first meeting, November 12, 2020, the county's new Zoning Ordinance Committee (ZOC) elected Kevin Ruedisueli as chair and Michael Capretti as vice chair. The ZOC will meet on the first Wednesday of each month from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m., with additional meetings to be held as needed. 

The Zoning Ordinance Committee was created by the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors at its October 6, 2020 Business Meeting. The committee will serve as a sounding board for the Zoning Ordinance Rewrite, acting in a role similar to that of the previous Zoning Ordinance Action Group.

The Committee will operate under the authority of and will report to the Planning Commission. It will comprise citizen-members representing a broad spectrum of county-wide stakeholder organizations and professional areas of expertise potentially impacted by Zoning Ordinance changes.

The nine ZOAG members whose terms extended beyond September 30, 2020, were slotted into positions on the new ZOC and the remaining positions will be filled by the Board of Supervisors.

The ZOC is charged with reviewing and recommending changes to the Loudoun County Zoning Ordinance (Zoning Ordinance) in order to: 
  • correct errors and inconsistencies 
  • clarify regulations
  • simplify the Zoning Ordinance to make it more user friendly
  • keep the Zoning Ordinance current to reflect changes in state code, the market, economic, fiscal and land use conditions and the emergence of new uses
  • identify when proposed Zoning Ordinance amendments are inconsistent with the Comprehensive Plan and may require a Comprehensive Plan amendment. 
To learn more about the Zoning Ordinance Committee, visit the committee’s webpage.
Sep 09

ZOR Project Status Update: September 2020

Posted on September 9, 2020 at 11:29 AM by MaryFrances Forcier

Current Status: September 2020

Round One Public Input

Online, searchable platform for Zoning Ordinances

  • Significant progress has been made in building an online interactive platform for the county’s Zoning Ordinance(s) that will be linked from the county’s website. The 1972, 1993, Revised 1993, and Route 28 Overlay Zoning Ordinances have been migrated into the cloud-based software that supports collaborative drafting, archiving, and code publishing. 
  • This online version of the Zoning Ordinances will allow the public to search all county Zoning Ordinances via text or GIS map interface, guide users towards appropriate ordinance sections based on their interests, and provide a mechanism for internal and public comments on proposed Ordinance amendments.
  • Anticipated release date for the new online interactive Zoning Ordinance platform is Summer 2021.

Project Timeline

  • The ZO Rewrite project timeline has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as multiple procurement processes, vacancies in key positions needed for the ZO Rewrite effort, and the inability to fill those vacancies during the COVID-related hiring freeze at the end of FY 2020. 
  • The delay is estimated to be six to eight months, especially given that some Zoning Ordinance amendments (ZOAM) have been prioritized as standalone efforts with expedited timelines versus rolling them all into the overall ZO Rewrite effort.
  • The project team is working to make up time where possible and minimize further timeline impacts, and is anticipating reaching out to the community for Round Two public input in late 2020.
  • A general public open house on the Zoning Ordinance Rewrite is planned for future rounds of community engagement.

For information on the Zoning Ordinance Rewrite process, visit loudoun.gov/zoningordinancerewrite.