Community Collaboration Fuels Loudoun’s Progressive Zoning Update

After nearly four years of extensive collaboration and public engagement, the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors has successfully adopted a new zoning ordinance, marking a significant advancement in the county’s approach to land use and planning. The new ordinance, effective immediately, replaces the previous Revised 1993 Zoning Ordinance, embodying a modern and streamlined approach tailored to Loudoun County’s current needs.

Chair Phyllis J. Randall emphasized the ordinance’s significance, noting its unanimous approval and the comprehensive involvement of various stakeholders, including zoning experts, business leaders, and citizens. This collaborative process is seen as a potential model for future county initiatives.

The new ordinance aligns with the Loudoun County 2019 Comprehensive Plan, guiding the county’s growth and development. It includes revisions to noise study regulations and establishes transitional rules for pending development applications under the old ordinance. Additionally, the county will update its Codified Ordinances to reflect the new zoning regulations.

The Board of Supervisors also outlined an interim process for implementing technical standards in the Loudoun County Facilities Standards Manual and the Land Subdivision and Development Ordinance.

Looking ahead, the county plans further amendments to the ordinance, focusing on areas like data centers, land use in western Loudoun, and the preservation of agricultural soils, essential for sustainable farming.

This landmark ordinance is the result of a four-year Zoning Ordinance Rewrite project, initiated in 2020 with an audit of the previous ordinance and involving thorough reviews and public input at every stage.

 

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