Zoning Ordinance Update
Staff is working on a comprehensive update of the County’s Zoning Ordinance (Appendix B of the County Code Opens in New Window ). This update will incorporate revisions based on changes to the State Code, Board initiatives as outlined in the Strategic Planning effort, recommendations from the Business Development Focus Group, and recommendations identified in the County’s Comprehensive Plan and by staff as part of their daily interactions with the public. Planning and Zoning staff meet weekly to discuss/review the proposed zoning amendments before taking them to the Planning Commission for input. This is a multi-year project involving public engagement throughout the process. For information on how to get involved contact the Planning Department at 804-693-1224. See Ghant Chart for progress to date.
Phase 1- The first phase focuses on simplifying and clarifying the ordinance to establish a solid foundation for the second phase and future amendments. Goals of this first phase are to:
- Reformat the district regulations to ensure a user friendly, straightforward, and adaptable structure
- Remove unnecessary requirements/regulations
- Clarify intent/interpretations
- Conform with State Code
Phase 2- The second phase will focus on implementing the community’s vision as adopted in the Comprehensive Plan. This phase will include addressing several Comprehensive Plan recommendations, such as establishment of a Working Waterfront district, and the possible establishment of a Rural Residential district. Other needed revisions to sections such as signage and parking will also be addressed.
Progress To Date
The documents linked below (previously presented to the Planning Commission for review/comment) highlight the recommended changes. Others will be added as available.
Proposed Format Change Recommendations
Staff created a new use table and district regulations format to simplify the Zoning Ordinance and make it more user-friendly. Proposed format changes are illustrated utilizing the SC-1 Suburban Countryside district.
- Existing Format – Section 5-2, Official Schedule of District Regulations for SC-1 Suburban Countryside
- Proposed Format – Section 5-2, Table of Uses (All districts)
- Proposed Format – Section 5-3, Zoning District Regulations for SC-1 Suburban Countryside
Definitions and Use Table Recommendations
Definitions and uses have been divided into six categories: residential, institutional/civic, consumer products/services, industrial/utilities, agriculture/animal/outdoor and other.
|Use Category||Draft Document|
|Residential Uses||Residential Uses – Draft Changes|
|Institutional and Civic Uses||Institutional and Civic Uses – Draft Changes|
The tables below contain presentations from the Board and Planning Commission Joint Meetings as well as completed draft versions of sections within the Zoning Ordinance. Others will be added as available.
|Presentation Name||Meeting Date||Presentation Topics|
|July 2018 BOS-PC Joint Work Session||July 31, 2018||Schedule, Format, Districts, & Uses|
|February 2019 BOS-PC Joint Work Session||February 1, 2019||Districts & Definitions|
|May 2019 BOS-PC Joint Work Session||May 4, 2019||Districts & Definitions|
|August 2019 BOS-PC Joint Work Session||August 13, 2019||Supplemental Regulations for Uses|
|Ordinance Section||Draft Document|
|Article 2- Definitions||Draft Article 2|
|Article 4- Establishment of Districts||Draft Article 4|
|Article 5- Table of Permitted Uses||Draft Article 5 (Table)|
|Article 5- District Regulations (Agriculture)||Draft Article 5 (Agriculture)|
|Article 5- District Regulations (Business)||Draft Article 5 (Business)|
|Article 5- District Regulations (Conservation)||Draft Article 5 (Conservation)|
|Article 5- District Regulations (Industrial)||Draft Article 5 (Industrial)|
|Article 5- District Regulations (Mixed Use)||Draft Article 5 (Mixed Use)|
|Article 5- District Regulations (Residential)||Draft Article 5 (Residential)|