Loudoun County will hold a virtual public information meeting tonight, Tuesday, February 22, 2022, at 6:30 p.m. to present a proposed Zoning Ordinance Amendment (ZOAM) related to short-term residential rentals.
Login and signup information for meeting is online at loudoun.gov/remoteparticipation. Anyone who would like to provide public comment at the meeting may do so by signing up in advance by sending an email or calling 703-777-0246, option 5, by 12:00 p.m., today, Tuesday, February 22, 2022.
A short-term residential rental is the provision of a room or space that is suitable or intended for occupancy for dwelling, sleeping or lodging purposes, for a period of fewer than 30 consecutive days, in exchange for a charge for the occupancy.
In 2018, Loudoun County established a short-term residential rental registration ordinance intended to help the county monitor and evaluate the growing industry of short-term residential rentals. The registry established by the ordinance created a channel for the county to provide operators of short-term residential rentals with important business-related information and resources.
Following the adoption of the registration ordinance, the county began evaluating public safety and land use/zoning issues associated with short-term residential rentals, with an eye toward amending the county’s Zoning Ordinance to adopt standards for such rentals. This process resulted in a proposed ZOAM that includes separate standards for the short-term rental of an owner-occupied residence, which would be an “accessory use,” and for the rental of a non-owner-occupied dwelling, which would constitute a principal “whole-house commercial use.”
The public is invited to learn more about these standards and provide input on the draft amendment, which can be previewed at loudoun.gov/shorttermrentals.
County staff will be revising the draft text based upon the comments they receive. The ZOAM regarding short-term residential rentals is scheduled to come before the Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors for public hearings beginning in mid-2022.
To learn more about the proposed changes to the Zoning Ordinance, sign up for project updates and submit written comments, visit loudoun.gov/shorttermrentals.
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