Zoning Ordinance Update


The County is currently updating the Zoning Ordinance to make it easier to use and understand. These updates are being completed in phases as outlined in a workplan accepted by the County Board in October 2010. View the complete schedule, process and detailed scope of the Zoning Ordinance Update.

The first phase of improvements included a comprehensive update of the sign regulations, completed in July 2012. In May 2013, The County Board adopted a reorganized and reformatted ordinance.  In June 2014, the County Board adopted a series of amendments that codified a number of administrative practices related to bulk, coverage and placement requirements and made updates to nonconforming use provisions consistent with Virginia Code requirements (adopted amendments ).  The final phase of the update is now underway.

The goals of the zoning ordinance update are to make the Zoning Ordinance easier to use, understand and administer.

The final phase will address the following topics:

  • Incorporate a use classification system;
  • Update use tables and use standards consistent with the use classification system;
  • Update definitions and terms.

Preliminary Draft

Supporting Materials


Meetings and Public Hearings

Meeting Topic Location
October 22, 2014
Public Meeting
 Overview of use classification system Navy League Building
2300 Wilson Blvd.
October 9, 2014
 TBD 2100 Clarendon Blvd.
Room A (Lobby Level)
September 18, 2014
Short term and accessory use standards
2100 Clarendon Blvd.
Rooms C & D (Lobby Level)
July 15, 2014
Overview of Use Classification System 2100 Clarendon Blvd.
Room A (Lobby Level)
Anticipated Public Hearing  Schedule Location
 January 2015 (date TBD) County Board (final consideration) 2100 Clarendon Blvd, County Board Room
 January 2015 (date TBD) Planning Commission (final consideration) 2100 Clarendon Blvd, County Board Room
 December 13 or 17, 2014 County Board (Request to Advertise) 2100 Clarendon Blvd, County Board Room
 December 1 or 3, 2014 Planning Commission (Request to Advertise) 2100 Clarendon Blvd, County Board Room