Several years of work culminated in the March 23, 2021, adoption of a new zoning ordinance (zMOD) by the Fairfax County, Virginia, Board of Supervisors. This is the first comprehensive zoning update since 1978.
The new ordinance was designed mainly to modernize existing regulations and create a more user-friendly experience. However, it also created several new zoning categories, updated use definitions and requirements, and modified the list of permitted uses in certain zoning districts. Watch for future McGuireWoods updates on new use categories for distribution facilities, data centers and impacts on residential development.
Highlights from the adopted ordinance include the following:
The new ordinance goes into effect July 1, 2021. Applications submitted and accepted before that date will have until July 1, 2022, to obtain approval under the old zoning ordinance.
Anyone seeking development approvals after July 1, 2021, should review the new ordinance draft and determine the impact of zMOD on their project. McGuireWoods attorneys and planners have been involved with zMOD since 2017 and are available to discuss impacts on specific projects.