Frequently Asked Questions

 

What is the Zoning Ordinance?

Zoning provides the standards and regulations of how properties can be lawfully used and developed in the County. Zoning is implemented by the County’s Zoning Ordinance, which classifies every property in the County into a zoning district. Regulations for each zoning district govern the types of uses and the location and size of development in the district. The Zoning Ordinance also includes provisions that establish the procedures for how development proposals are reviewed and approved or denied, and development standards such as those covering parking, signs, landscaping, and resource protection. The Zoning Ordinance is found in Chapter 24 of the Henrico County Code (available at the Henrico County Website).

 

What is the Subdivision Ordinance?

The Subdivision Ordinance regulates the division and platting of land in the County, prior to its development. It includes regulations that govern lot division, road layout and standards, and other infrastructure requirements. The Subdivision Ordinance is found in Chapter 19 of the Henrico County Code (available at the Henrico County Website).

 

Why update the Zoning Ordinance and Subdivision Regulations?

Henrico County’s Zoning Ordinance was originally adopted in 1960. The County’s Subdivision Ordinance was originally adopted in 1955. Both ordinances have been amended numerous times over the years on an ad hoc basis; consequently, they are cumbersome, not well organized, and not user-friendly. Additionally, the ordinances do not reflect modern best practices for development regulations, the policy direction in the Vision 2026 Comprehensive Plan, and the County’s evolving land use patterns. The purpose of the update is to address all these issues, creating a set of 21st Century regulations that are:

  • Easier to use and understand;
  • Consistent with goals and policies in the Vision 2026 Comprehensive Plan;
  • Aligned with contemporary zoning and subdivision best practices; and
  • Tailored to guide development in diverse environments in the County that are experiencing a variety of growth patterns.

 

How long will the project take?

A comprehensive Zoning and Subdivision Ordinance update is a significant undertaking. It is expected to take approximately two years.

 

Who is managing the project?

The project is being conducted under the direction of the County’s Planning Department, with assistance from Clarion Associates and their subconsultants McBride Dale Clarion, Dover, Kohl & Associates, and Renaissance Planning Group.

 

How will the project affect me?

The new Zoning and Subdivision Ordinances will be easier to understand and navigate. They will include more graphics and tables to illustrate and clarify regulations and procedures. In addition, they will be aligned with the County’s planning and development goals as set forth in the Vision 2026 Comprehensive Plan, and include contemporary best practices for development regulations.

 

Where can I get copies of project documents?

The Work Products page of this website will be updated regularly to include links to all documents produced as part of this effort, and supporting information.

 

How can I get involved?

To get involved, you can take the survey, participate and provide feedback at public forums and other events, and review and comment on the work products as they are posted. Consider joining our email list for information and updates on the project.

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

What is the Zoning Ordinance?

Zoning provides the standards and regulations of how properties can be lawfully used and developed in the County. Zoning is implemented by the County’s Zoning Ordinance, which classifies every property in the County into a zoning district. Regulations for each zoning district govern the types of uses and the location and size of development in the district. The Zoning Ordinance also includes provisions that establish the procedures for how development proposals are reviewed and approved or denied, and development standards such as those covering parking, signs, landscaping, and resource protection. The Zoning Ordinance is found in Chapter 24 of the Henrico County Code (the Code can be obtained at the Henrico County Website).

 

What is the Subdivision Ordinance?

The Subdivision Ordinance regulates the division and platting of land in the County, prior to its development. It includes regulations that govern lot division, road layout and standards, and other infrastructure requirements. The Subdivision Ordinance is found in Chapter 19 of the Henrico County Code (the Code can be obtained at Henrico County Website).

 

Why update the Zoning Ordinance and Subdivision Regulations?

Henrico County’s Zoning Ordinance was originally adopted in 1960. The County’s Subdivision Ordinance was originally adopted in 1955. Both ordinances have been amended numerous times over the years on an ad hoc basis; consequently, they are cumbersome, not well organized, and not user-friendly. Additionally, the ordinances do not reflect modern best practices for development regulations, the policy direction in the Vision 2026 Comprehensive Plan, and the County’s evolving land use patterns. The purpose of the update is to address all these issues, creating a set of 21st Century regulations that are:

  • Easier to use and understand;
  • Consistent with goals and policies in the Vision 2026 Comprehensive Plan;
  • Aligned with contemporary zoning and subdivision best practices; and
  • Tailored to guide development in diverse environments in the County that are experiencing a variety of growth patterns.

 

How long will the project take?

A comprehensive Zoning and Subdivision Ordinance update is a significant undertaking. It is expected to take approximately two years.

 

Who is managing the project?

The project is being conducted under the direction of the County’s Planning Department, with assistance from Clarion Associates and their subconsultants McBride Dale Clarion, Dover, Kohl & Associates, and Renaissance Planning Group.

 

How will the project affect me?

The new Zoning and Subdivision Ordinances will be easier to understand and navigate. They will include more graphics and tables to illustrate and clarify regulations and procedures. In addition, they will be aligned with the County’s planning and development goals as set forth in the Vision 2026 Comprehensive Plan, and include contemporary best practices for development regulations.

 

Where can I get copies of project documents?

The Work Products page of this website will be updated regularly to include links to all documents produced as part of this effort, and supporting information.

 

How to get involved?

To get involved, you can take the survey, participate and provide feedback at public forums and other events, and review and comment on the work products as they are posted. Consider joining our email list for information and updates on the project.