About the Project

Henrico County is conducting a major update to its Zoning and Subdivision Ordinances. The current Zoning and Subdivision Ordinances need to be comprehensively updated in order to make the regulations more user-friendly and better implement the County’s Vision 2026 Comprehensive Plan. The update will also ensure the County’s development regulations are aligned with contemporary zoning and subdivision best practices.

The Zoning and Subdivision Ordinance update project is a significant undertaking, especially considering that the County’s current ordinances are over 50 years old. The project is expected to take approximately two years to complete. It is divided into six tasks, as follows.

Task 1: Project Initiation and Orientation

This includes background analysis of current policies and regulations, and public outreach to identify the key goals for the project and receive input on the strengths and weaknesses of the current regulations.

Task 2: Refresh Code Assessment

In this task, the information and input obtained in Task 1 is synthesized in a refreshed Code Assessment that identifies the major goals for the update project, along with recommendations on how to address and integrate these goals in the updated regulations. The Code Assessment concludes with a detailed outline of how the updated regulations would be structured if the recommendations in the Assessment are implemented.

Task 3: Draft Zoning and Subdivision Ordinances

Task 3 includes the draft of the updated regulations. Because the Zoning and Subdivision Ordinances are lengthy documents, drafting is divided into three installments, or modules. The updates will be consistent with recommendations in the Code Assessment and follow the detailed outline. Public meetings will be held on the draft to receive public input. This task also includes preparing a revised zoning map.

Task 4: Test Draft Zoning and Subdivision Ordinances

Next, the updated Zoning and Subdivision Ordinances will be tested to verify whether they are achieving the goals for the project. The testing stage includes a side-by-side comparison of six examples of recently-approved development with comparable hypothetical development in accordance with the draft Zoning and Subdivision Ordinances.

Task 5: Prepare Public Hearing Draft of Zoning and Subdivision Ordinances and Zoning Map

After the results from testing in Task 4 and input on the draft Zoning and Subdivision Ordinances in Task 3, updates will be made and a public hearing draft of the Zoning and Subdivision Ordinances will be prepared. These materials will be reviewed during the public hearing process. The public hearing draft of the Zoning and Subdivision Ordinances and zoning map is the comprehensive draft that will be considered for adoption.

Task 6: Procedures Manual and Application Forms

After completing the public hearing draft in Task 5, a procedures manual to assist in the day-to-day implementation of the new Zoning and Subdivision Ordinances will be prepared. The manual will serve as a “users’ guide” supplement to the new Zoning and Subdivision Ordinances and will include details about application review procedures and schedules, and application submittal requirements. It will also include new application forms that are consistent with the requirements of the revised ordinances.

About the Project

Henrico County is conducting a major update to its Zoning and Subdivision Ordinances. The current Zoning and Subdivision Ordinances need to be comprehensively updated in order to make the regulations more user-friendly and better implement the County’s Vision 2026 Comprehensive Plan. The update will also ensure the County’s development regulations are aligned with contemporary zoning and subdivision best practices.

The Zoning and Subdivision Ordinance update project is a significant undertaking, especially considering that the County’s current ordinances are over 50 years old. The project is expected to take approximately two years to complete. It is divided into six tasks, as follows.

Task 1: Project Initiation and Orientation

This includes background analysis of current policies and regulations, and public outreach to identify the key goals for the project and receive input on the strengths and weaknesses of the current regulations.

Task 2: Refresh Code Assessment

In this task, the information and input obtained in Task 1 is synthesized in a refreshed Code Assessment that identifies the major goals for the update project, along with recommendations on how to address and integrate these goals in the updated regulations. The Code Assessment concludes with a detailed outline of how the updated regulations would be structured if the recommendations in the Assessment are implemented.

Task 3: Draft Zoning and Subdivision Ordinances

Task 3 includes the draft of the updated regulations. Because the Zoning and Subdivision Ordinances are lengthy documents, drafting is divided into three installments, or modules. The updates will be consistent with recommendations in the Code Assessment and follow the detailed outline. Public meetings will be held on the draft to receive public input. This task also includes preparing a revised zoning map.

Task 4: Test Draft Zoning and Subdivision Ordinances

Next, the updated Zoning and Subdivision Ordinances will be tested to verify whether they are achieving the goals for the project. The testing stage includes a side-by-side comparison of six examples of recently-approved development with comparable hypothetical development in accordance with the draft Zoning and Subdivision Ordinances.

Task 5: Prepare Public Hearing Draft of Zoning and Subdivision Ordinances and Zoning Map

After the results from testing in Task 4 and input on the draft Zoning and Subdivision Ordinances in Task 3, updates will be made and a public hearing draft of the Zoning and Subdivision Ordinances will be prepared. These materials will be reviewed during the public hearing process. The public hearing draft of the Zoning and Subdivision Ordinances and zoning map is the comprehensive draft that will be considered for adoption.

Task 6: Procedures Manual and Application Forms

After completing the public hearing draft in Task 5, a procedures manual to assist in the day-to-day implementation of the new Zoning and Subdivision Ordinances will be prepared. The manual will serve as a “users’ guide” supplement to the new Zoning and Subdivision Ordinances and will include details about application review procedures and schedules, and application submittal requirements. It will also include new application forms that are consistent with the requirements of the revised ordinances.