Aug 02

Project Update: August 2021

Posted on August 2, 2021 at 3:01 PM by MaryFrances Forcier

  • At its June 15, 2021 business meeting, the Board of Supervisors approved an extension of the Zoning Ordinance Rewrite timeline. 
  • The new schedule extends the project by six to eight months, enabling staff to more fully develop draft materials (including information that explains proposed changes)  prior to review by the ZOC and PC. 
  • The schedule now includes:
    • Providing the ROIA to Board of Supervisors for review & adoption (Fall 2021)
    • A general public open house (Early 2022)
    • Round Three Input: 90-day referral review (Early - Mid 2022)
    • Planning Commission review & recommendations (Late 2021 - Mid 2022)
    • Board of Supervisors review & adoption (Mid - Late 2022)
  • The Zoning Ordinance Committee (ZOC) continues to meet monthly, providing numerous comments on draft zoning text. 
  • The consultant has completed a code audit that evaluates the County’s approach to zoning, outlines alternatives, and recommends changes to structure, organization, and content. 
  • The consultant and staff built an online interactive Zoning platform that will allow the public to search the Zoning Ordinance via keyword or GIS map interface, guide users based on their interests and needs, and accept internal and public comments on proposed amendments. 
  • An early draft of the two major sections of the new ordinance has been drafted; use tables and parking standards. Draft use tables and parking standards are organized by policy area (Urban, Suburban, Transition, Rural) and list the zoning districts where each use is allowed by right, special exception or minor special exception, and the parking requirements for each use. Definitions for each use are also listed in the tables.
  • Round Two Public Input has provided the following feedback. To view a summary of input from focus groups by topic and a full list of 275 comments, please see the May 19, 2021, TLUC Item (PDF).
  1. General support for Code Audit recommendations 
  2. Positive reaction to enCodePlus, the online interactive platform for the county’s Zoning Ordinance(s), which is under development and will be linked from the county’s website. 
  3. Concerns about:
  4. Development process
  5. Code administration 
  6. Code structure 
  7. Development standards 
  8. Parking 
  9. Resource preservation (natural/historic)
  10. Zoning Districts
  11. Use regulations

Stay Informed About This Project

Contact Us

  • For questions about the Zoning Ordinance Rewrite project, email Planning and Zoning or call 703-777-0246.
Mar 08

Project Update: March 2021

Posted on March 8, 2021 at 4:12 PM by MaryFrances Forcier

Project Update: March 2021
Best Management Practices Research

As specified in the project plan, Kendig Keast Collaborative has completed to complete two Best Practices Assessments to inform the ZOR project:

Code Audit

The project also calls for a code audit, which evaluates the county’s code structure, districts, development standards, use regulations, and code administration process. The code audit, completed by WSP, includes recommended updates to the Zoning Ordinance that improve usability, modernize regulations, and implement the Loudoun County 2019 General Plan. 

Round Two Public Input

  • Between January and March, remote public input sessions have taken place with more than 30 community groups. 
  • Individuals are encouraged to participate in the public input process. 
  • To submit comments or questions:

Searchable Online Platform for Zoning Ordinances

  • Significant progress has been made in building an online interactive platform for the county’s Zoning Ordinance(s), which will be linked from the county’s website. The 1972, 1993, Revised 1993, and Route 28 Overlay Zoning Ordinances have been migrated into the cloud-based software, which supports collaborative drafting, archiving, and code publishing. 
  • The online platform will allow the public to search all county Zoning Ordinances via text or GIS map interface, guide users towards appropriate ordinance sections based on their interests, and provide a mechanism for internal and public comments on proposed Ordinance amendments.
  • The new platform is expected to be released in Summer 2021.
Nov 17

November 2020 Update: Zoning Ordinance Committee

Posted on November 17, 2020 at 11:53 AM by MaryFrances Forcier

At its first meeting, November 12, 2020, the county's new Zoning Ordinance Committee (ZOC) elected Kevin Ruedisueli as chair and Michael Capretti as vice chair. The ZOC will meet on the first Wednesday of each month from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m., with additional meetings to be held as needed. 

The Zoning Ordinance Committee was created by the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors at its October 6, 2020 Business Meeting. The committee will serve as a sounding board for the Zoning Ordinance Rewrite, acting in a role similar to that of the previous Zoning Ordinance Action Group.

The Committee will operate under the authority of and will report to the Planning Commission. It will comprise citizen-members representing a broad spectrum of county-wide stakeholder organizations and professional areas of expertise potentially impacted by Zoning Ordinance changes.

The nine ZOAG members whose terms extended beyond September 30, 2020, were slotted into positions on the new ZOC and the remaining positions will be filled by the Board of Supervisors.

The ZOC is charged with reviewing and recommending changes to the Loudoun County Zoning Ordinance (Zoning Ordinance) in order to: 
  • correct errors and inconsistencies 
  • clarify regulations
  • simplify the Zoning Ordinance to make it more user friendly
  • keep the Zoning Ordinance current to reflect changes in state code, the market, economic, fiscal and land use conditions and the emergence of new uses
  • identify when proposed Zoning Ordinance amendments are inconsistent with the Comprehensive Plan and may require a Comprehensive Plan amendment. 
To learn more about the Zoning Ordinance Committee, visit the committee’s webpage.