Zoning Ordinance Rewrite

  1. Overview
  2. Focus Areas
  3. Project Milestones
  4. Related Documents
  • The Zoning Ordinance is the primary implementation tool for the 2019 Comprehensive Plan
  • It contains an added level of specificity that is based on the community’s vision as expressed in the goals, policies and actions of the 2019 Comprehensive Plan.
  • The rewrite project, which kicked off in September 2019, is expected to be completed by the end of 2022.
  • The Zoning Ordinance Committee is serving as a sounding board throughout the Zoning Ordinance Rewrite process.
  • Input from the Board of Supervisors, advisory bodies, various departments and community and professional groups is also being factored into the final product.
  • A number of Zoning Ordinance Amendments have been rolled into the rewrite project. 
  • WSP USA Inc. has been awarded a contract to provide consulting services for the Zoning Ordinance Rewrite.

Project Update: November 2021

At its November 16, 2021 meeting, the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors adopted a Resolution of Intent to Amend (ROIA) for the Revised 1993 Loudoun County Zoning Ordinance. The ROIA is a formal resolution adopted by the BOS publicly announcing the intent to amend the entire Zoning Ordinance; adoption of a ROIA is a necessary step in revising the ordinance. View the meeting here.

The Board’s action marks the official referral of the Zoning Ordinance Rewrite to the Planning Commission for review and recommendations.

As part of the rewrite process to date, the county’s Department of Planning and Zoning and the Zoning Ordinance Committee have discussed possible new and revised land uses, definitions, and performance standards; improvements to parking regulations; renaming of zoning districts; and changes to process. Potential ordinance changes are intended to implement the Loudoun County 2019 Comprehensive Plan and respond to input from the public, community groups, advisory bodies, and subject matter experts.

Progress to date includes the potential for:

  • Adding land uses to implement the Loudoun County 2019 Comprehensive Plan, reflect the current marketplace, and address gaps identified by staff, citizens, and Zoning Ordinance Committee members. 
  • Combining or renaming land uses for consistency, clarity, and efficiency.
  • Modifying the land use legislative application process to provide opportunities for input from the public and the Board of Supervisors earlier in the process. 
  • Revisions to current land uses to be consistent with new “place types” in the Loudoun County 2019 Comprehensive Plan.
  • Modifying parking ratios based on the different planning policy areas throughout the county.
  • Introducing parking ratio maximums for specific land uses. This concept is new for Loudoun County and is designed to provide parking at an appropriate scale within the county.
  • Developing parking standards for bicycles, car-sharing, electric vehicles and motorcycle/scooters.
  • Adding parking standards that recognize the needs of small, pedestrian-scale, rural communities.
  • Areas still to be addressed in the rewrite process include attainable housing, lot and building standards, signs, landscaping, and zoning processes and procedures.

As part of this project, a code audit was completed to evaluate the county’s approach to zoning; the audit outlines alternatives and recommends changes to structure, organization, and content. 

Next steps in the process include a general public “open house” for review and comment; a 90-day public review period for the first draft; review and recommendations by the Planning Commission; and, finally, adoption by the Board of Supervisors in late 2022.

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  • For questions about the Zoning Ordinance Rewrite project, email Planning and Zoning or call 703-777-0246.