County Review Process
Chapter 1244 of the LSDO (Land Subdivision and Development Ordinance) establishes a time frame of 60 days for review and approval of a site plan. After checklist review and acceptance of the site plan by the Department of Building and Development for processing, it is sent out on referral to appropriate outside agencies such as: the Department of Fire, Rescue and Emergency Management, Loudoun Water, the Health Department, the Department of Planning, and the Virginia Department of Transportation. The 60-day review timeline is based on the time the application is actually in the county for review but does not include the time the applicant's engineer is making revisions to the site plan.
These agencies will review the plan for specific conformance to engineering principles and planning requirements outlined in the Loudoun County Zoning Ordinance, the LSDO, and the Facilities Standards Manual (FSM). This review will encompass transportation, storm drainage, sanitary and water service, landscaping, and public safety.
All review comments will be sent to the applicant. The applicant will revise the plan as necessary to meet all applicable ordinance requirements. Pursuant to Virginia State Code, an approved site plan is valid for five years. If diligent construction has not occurred within the five-year period, the site plan becomes invalid.