What's New with the Route 28 Corridor Zoning Ordinance Update
Update: June 7, 2013: On June 5, 2013, the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors approved a Resolution of Intent to Amend the Revised 1993 Loudoun County Zoning Ordinance for the purpose of implementing the Route 28 Corridor Plan to add new optional overlay and planned development districts. The item prepared for the meeting is online:
The Scope of Work for the Route 28 Corridor Zoning Ordinance Update includes several phases of ordinance development (including project orientation, zoning discovery, and draft amendments) along with specific outreach and community involvement activities. In accordance with the Scope of Work, the consultant team has completed a final draft of recommended amendments to the Revised 1993 Zoning Ordinance (dated May 30, 2013) as part of the draft amendments phase. To view the draft click here. Comments on the draft can be provided to Michael "Miguel" Salinas, Project Manager, via email at .
Zoning Discovery Report
As part of the research and analysis phase, the consultant team produced a Zoning Discovery Report. This report summaries the findings of their research and analysis and:
- Identifies key challenges with creating zoning districts and regulations that implement the Route 28 Corridor Plan;
- Identifies effective regulatory incentives that may be considered to encourage desired development in the corridor;
- Recommends alternative approaches for zoning implementation based on the results of the research and analysis; and
- Includes an annotated outline of new regulations that shows the basic structure of proposed amendments in the Revised 1993 Zoning Ordinance based on the recommended approach.
The report also includes case studies of peer communities in the Unites States to explore whether they applied innovative zoning strategies that could be considered for the zoning approach to the Route 28 Corridor and a summary of interviews conducted by the consultant team with key Route 28 Corridor stakeholders.
Comments and questions are also welcome via e-mail at
Project Team Completes Stakeholder Interviews and Begins Zoning Discovery Phase
As a continuation of the outreach efforts undertaken by the county during the Route 28 CPAM process, the consultant team (see below) conducted interviews with key stakeholders in May 2012. Included were interviews with elected and appointed officials, county staff, members of the real estate and development communities, economic development officials, and Route 28 Corridor commercial property owners. The interviews uncovered issues, opportunities, and concerns associated with the Route 28 Corridor and the proposed zoning amendments.
The consultant team has now entered the Zoning Discovery Phase of the project. This phase will result in several reports, including a Zoning Discovery report summarizing the findings of the research and analysis conducted and an Annotated Outline that will establish the overall direction for zoning implementation, set the project's objectives, and clearly show the basic structure of the proposed amendments in the Revised 1993 Zoning Ordinance
County Selects Consultant for Zoning Ordinance Amendment (ZOAM)
Loudoun County issued a competitive Request for Proposal (RFP) on November 16, 2011, to obtain professional services to amend Loudoun County’s Revised 1993 Zoning Ordinance and other regulatory documents to reflect the policies contained in the Route 28 Corridor Plan
adopted by the Board on March 15, 2011. A consulting team composed of White & Smith, LLC in association with Parsons Brinckerhoff (“PB”) PlaceMaking and Robert Charles Lesser & Co., LLC was selected.
Board Approves Scope of Activities
On September 20, 2011, the Board of Supervisors voted to approve a Scope of Activities, which includes the preparation of draft amendments to the Revised 1993 Zoning Ordinance and other regulatory documents, as part of the Route 28 Corridor Plan implementation. The Board of Supervisors also voted to direct staff to prepare a Request for Proposal (RFP) for consultant services with a contract not to exceed $150,000 to assist with the completion of the scope.