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Posted on November 27, 2023 at 1:04 PM by Nancy McCormick
The Final Draft Zoning Ordinance to be considered by the Board of Supervisors at its December 13, 2023, public hearing is now available online at loudoun.gov/zoningordinancerewrite.
The final draft includes the revisions to the Planning Commission’s Draft Zoning Ordinance that were directed by the Board of Supervisors during eight work sessions in September and October. A marked-up version of the Board’s Final Draft Zoning Ordinance is also posted on the county’s website to clearly illustrate the revisions made by the Board.
Public Hearing Dec. 13
The Board of Supervisors may vote to adopt the new Zoning Ordinance following public input at the December 13 public hearing. Once adopted, the new ordinance will replace the current ordinance, the Revised 1993 Zoning Ordinance.
At the December 13 public hearing, the Board of Supervisors may establish grandfathering rules to allow certain types of pending development applications (accepted for processing but not yet approved) to continue being reviewed and approved under the Revised 1993 Zoning Ordinance.
The Board of Supervisors may also approve a resolution that directs the Department of Building and Development to issue Technical and Procedural Newsletters establishing interim technical standards for the Loudoun County Facilities Standards Manual and interim regulations for the Loudoun County Land Subdivision and Development Ordinance. Interim guidance will be necessary until the Board amends these two documents to reflect the new Zoning Ordinance.
The public hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, December 13, 2023, at 6:00 p.m. in the Board Room at the Loudoun County Government Center located at 1 Harrison Street SE in Leesburg.
Members of the public can sign up in advance to speak to the Board in person or by phone regarding the proposed new Zoning Ordinance. Instructions for signing up to speak are posted on the county’s website at loudoun.gov/signuptospeak.
The Board’s December 13 public hearing will be televised on the county’s cable channel, Comcast Government Channel 23 and Verizon FIOS 40, and livestreamed online at loudoun.gov/meetings.
Submit Comments to the Board of Supervisors
Members of the public may provide input to the Board of Supervisors regarding the revisions proposed in the Final Draft Zoning Ordinance any time through this online comment form. Anyone who does not have access to the internet may call 703-777-0246 to submit comments.
About the Zoning Ordinance
The zoning ordinance regulates land use throughout the county and is the primary implementation tool for the Loudoun County 2019 Comprehensive Plan, a policy document that provides guidance for elected officials and other governmental decision-makers as to where and how the community will grow over many years.
An update to the zoning ordinance is necessary following adoption of the Comprehensive Plan in 2019. The new zoning ordinance is intended to be more modern and user-friendly, with new regulations that reflect the land use policies in the Comprehensive Plan.
Detailed information about the Zoning Ordinance Rewrite project, including a history of the process and a link to sign up for email and text updates on the project, is available on the county’s website a loudoun.gov/zoningordinancerewrite.
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