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, a portion of second phase improvements was completed when the County Board adopted a reorganized and reformatted ordinance.

The Final Phase includes the following goals:

  • Address inconsistencies, undefined uses and inconsistently applied uses;
  • Codify current administrative practices and Zoning Administrator determinations;
  • Incorporate updates consistent with Virginia Code and other requirements; and
  • Incorporate additional minor policy changes as necessary to resolve conflicts in the current ordinance and to consider a use classification system.

The goals identified above will be addressed through three topic areas:

  • Administrative practices related to bulk, coverage and placement requirements;
  • Miscellaneous policy amendments; and
  • Development of a use classification and updates to use tables, use standards and definitions.

Adopted Amendments

Previous Drafts 



Meeting Topic Location
April 1, 2014
Civic Federation
Administrative Practices Hazel Auditorium
Virginia Hospital Center
Mar. 11, 2014
1. Administrative Practices (revisions to initial proposal)
2. Miscellaneous Policy Amendments (zoning fee refunds)
2100 Clarendon Blvd.
Room A (Lobby Level)
Feb. 4, 2014
1. Administrative Practices
2. Miscellaneous Policy Amendments
3. Nonconforming Use Provisions
2100 Clarendon Blvd.
Room A (Lobby Level)
Jan. 29, 2013
Public Meeting
1. Overview of the Process
2. Administrative Practices
3. Miscellaneous Policy Amendments
Navy League
2300 Wilson Blvd.
Large Conference Room
Jan. 9, 2014
1. Administrative Practices (bulk, coverage, placement) NRECA
Dec. 10, 2013
1. Administrative Practices (bulk, coverage, placement) 2100 Clarendon Blvd.
Rooms C&D (Lobby Level)