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Posted on May 23, 2023 at 5:19 PM by Nancy McCormick
The Loudoun County Planning Commission has reached another significant milestone in the ongoing Zoning Ordinance Rewrite project. A new draft of the proposed ordinance was published on May 19, 2023. The updated text incorporates the commission’s work to date and results in the first complete draft ordinance in more than a year, that is inclusive of all draft chapters.
The Planning Commission and its subcommittees met for more than 20 work sessions in recent months to consider revisions to the regulations within the ordinance and to direct changes to the text. The commission has received thousands of comments from members of the public, which have informed the process to date. The commission has streamlined the ordinance to produce a more simple, modern ordinance that is intended to be easier to use by the public. The commission continues to work toward final recommended text. The commission’s next work session is scheduled for June 5, 2023, at 6:00 p.m.
The May 19, 2023, draft ordinance includes 12 chapters that have been refined by the Planning Commission since its August 30, 2022, and January 24, 2023 public hearings. Currently, the Planning Commission has not recommended any remapping or changes to existing zoning district or overlay district boundaries. Highlights of the draft ordinance updates include:
The Planning Commission has directed edits to all chapters of the ordinance, some of which simply restructure the components of the ordinance and simplify the language. The complete text of all chapters of the latest draft ordinance are posted on the county’s website at loudoun.gov/ZoningOrdinanceRewrite.
An update to the Zoning Ordinance is necessary following the adoption of the Loudoun County 2019 Comprehensive Plan. The plan includes land use and transportation policies that provide a flexible framework for future development throughout the county. The Zoning Ordinance includes the regulations that implement the vision within the Comprehensive Plan.
The Planning Commission is currently anticipated to forward a recommended ordinance to the Board of Supervisors for consideration this summer. The Board of Supervisors will seek additional input on the draft ordinance from members of the public. The Board may consider additional revisions to the draft ordinance before ultimately adopting a new Zoning Ordinance, which could occur by the end of 2023. The adopted ordinance will replace the current ordinance, which is known as the Revised 1993 Zoning Ordinance.
Comprehensive project information is posted on the county’s website:
For this information and more about the ongoing Zoning Ordinance Rewrite project, visit loudoun.gov/ZoningOrdinanceRewrite.
Once adopted by the Board of Supervisors, the county’s new Zoning Ordinance will be posted online. The final ordinance will include all relevant links, including to the Code of Virginia. Additionally, the ordinance will be housed in the county’s online, searchable database, which will facilitate the easy use of the ordinance by members of the public.
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