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The Planning Department is staff to the Gloucester County Planning Commission. As required by the Code of Virginia, every locality creates a local Planning Commission to promote the orderly development of the locality and its environs. In addition, the Planning Commission prepares a Comprehensive Plan for the physical development of the County for the Board of Supervisors to adopt. The Planning Commission reviews, discusses and hears public comments on matters related to zoning and planning and makes formal recommendations to the Board of Supervisors regarding the Comprehensive Plan, Zoning Ordinance, Subdivision Ordinance, and rezonings. The Planning Commission also reviews major subdivisions for compliance with the Subdivision Ordinance.
The Gloucester County Planning Commission shall consist of one (1) representative from the Board of Supervisors who shall be a liaison, and seven (7) members appointed by the Board of Supervisors, one (1) from each magisterial district, two (2) At-Large representatives.
For minutes to Planning Commission meetings that are not available online, please call the office or email us and someone will help you.
The Commission meets on the first Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the Colonial Courthouse (6504 Main St.).
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Zoning Ordinance Update
Staff is working on a comprehensive update of the County’s Zoning Ordinance. This update will incorporate revisions based on changes to the State Code, Board initiatives as outlined in the Strategic Planning effort, recommendations from the Business Development Focus Group, and recommendations identified in the County’s Comprehensive Plan and by staff as part of their daily interactions with the public. Planning and Zoning staff meet weekly to discuss/review the proposed zoning amendments before taking them to the Planning Commission for input. This is a multi-year project involving public engagement throughout the process. For information on how to get involved contact the Planning Department at 804-693-1224. See Ghant Chart for progress to date.
Process (Presentation to Planning Commission on 7-6-17)
Phase 1 - The first phase focuses on simplifying and clarifying the ordinance to establish a solid foundation for the second phase and future amendments. Goals of this first phase are to:
Phase 2 - The second phase will focus on implementing the community’s vision as adopted in the Comprehensive Plan. This phase will include addressing several Comprehensive Plan recommendations such as establishment of a Working Waterfront district, and the possible establishment of a Rural Residential district. Other needed revisions to sections such as signage and parking will also be addressed.
Progress to Date
The documents linked below (previously presented to the Planning Commission for review/comment) highlight the recommended changes. Others will be added as available.
Proposed Format Change Recommendations
Staff created a new use table and district regulations format to simplify the zoning ordinance and make it more user-friendly. Proposed format changes are illustrated utilizing the SC-1 Suburban Countryside district.
Existing Format – Section 5-2, Official Schedule of District Regulations for SC-1 Suburban Countryside
Proposed Format – Section 5-2, Table of Uses (All districts)
Proposed Format – Section 5-3, Zoning District Regulations for SC-1 Suburban Countryside
Definitions and Use Table Recommendations
Definitions and uses have been divided into six categories: residential, institutional/civic, consumer products/services, industrial/utilities, agriculture/animal/outdoor and other.
Residential Uses – Draft Recommended Changes
Institutional and Civic Uses – Draft Recommended Changes
Consumer Products and Services- Draft Recommended Changes
Industrial Utility Uses- Draft Recommended Changes
Agriculture Uses- Draft Recommended Changes
Animal and Outdoor- Draft Recommended Changes
Telecommunications- Draft Recommended Changes
Residential Definitions and Uses Summary of Changes
Institutional and Civic Definitions and Uses Summary of Changes
Consumer Products and Services Definitions and Uses Summary of Changes
AG- Animal-Outdoor-Industrial-Utilities Uses and Summary of Changes and Telecommunications
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