Sep 09

ZOR Project Status Update: September 2020

Posted on September 9, 2020 at 11:29 AM by MaryFrances Forcier

Current Status: September 2020

Round One Public Input

Online, searchable platform for Zoning Ordinances

  • Significant progress has been made in building an online interactive platform for the county’s Zoning Ordinance(s) that 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 that supports collaborative drafting, archiving, and code publishing. 
  • This online version of the Zoning Ordinances 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.
  • Anticipated release date for the new online interactive Zoning Ordinance platform is Summer 2021.

Project Timeline

  • The ZO Rewrite project timeline has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as multiple procurement processes, vacancies in key positions needed for the ZO Rewrite effort, and the inability to fill those vacancies during the COVID-related hiring freeze at the end of FY 2020. 
  • The delay is estimated to be six to eight months, especially given that some Zoning Ordinance amendments (ZOAM) have been prioritized as standalone efforts with expedited timelines versus rolling them all into the overall ZO Rewrite effort.
  • The project team is working to make up time where possible and minimize further timeline impacts, and is anticipating reaching out to the community for Round Two public input in late 2020.
  • A general public open house on the Zoning Ordinance Rewrite is planned for future rounds of community engagement.

For information on the Zoning Ordinance Rewrite process, visit
Mar 05

Zoning Ordinance Action Group Serving as 'Sounding Board' for Rewrite Process

Posted on March 5, 2020 at 11:13 AM by MaryFrances Forcier

As part of its charge to identify, review, recommend and prepare amendments to the Revised 1993 Loudoun County Zoning Ordinance, the Zoning Ordinance Action Group (ZOAG) is serving as a resource for the Department of Planning and Zoning as it advances the rewrite of the current Zoning Ordinance.

“The ZOAG is serving as a ‘sounding board’ for us, providing assistance in the area of quality assurance, updating us on market trends and conditions, and making sure the ordinance will be clear, understandable, and user friendly,” said James David, deputy director of planning and zoning. 

Upcoming ZOAG meetings that will focus on the Zoning Ordinance Rewrite include:
  • Wednesday, March 18: Lot & Building Standards, Subdivision Design
  • Wednesday, April 15: Uses, Performance Standards
  • Wednesday, May 20: Parking, Signs, Landscaping, Screening, & Buffering
  • Wednesday, June 17: Process
To see agendas, presentations and other materials from ZOAG meetings, visit

For information on the Zoning Ordinance Rewrite process, visit

Jan 23

Loudoun County Launches Round One of Zoning Ordinance Rewrite Process with Focus Group Sessions

Posted on January 23, 2020 at 4:40 PM by Nancy McCormick

Loudoun County is beginning the first phase of the Zoning Ordinance rewrite process, as county staff plan to meet in January, February and March 2020 with community and professional groups that are familiar with the county’s land development regulations and processes.

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