Welcome to the Department of Planning and Zoning’s News Center. Committed to providing excellent community service, the primary purpose of the department is to guide future growth and quality of life in the Town of Leesburg. This is accomplished by enhancing Leesburg’s special character, anticipating changing community needs, and facilitating the development of policies to ensure stewardship of the Town’s natural and built environments. Planning and Zoning staff is responsible for providing administrative and technical service to the public, as well as strategic support to the governing bodies that make decisions about Leesburg’s land use.
Revised Policy for Residential Rezoning Applications
On July 11, 2017, the Leesburg Town Council adopted amendments to the Zoning Ordinance and Town Plan to address state legislation that went into effect on July 1, 2016 regarding proffers for rezoning applications with a residential component. For additional information, and to see the approved amendments, please visit our 2017 Zoning Ordinance Amendments page.
2017 Leesburg Zoning Ordinance Amendments
During the first half of the year the Leesburg Town Council initiated several Zoning Ordinance Amendments for research and consideration, including allowing food trucks a temporary uses in limited zoning districts and revising parking ratios in the B-1. For additional information regarding ordinance amendments under review and their current status, please visit our 2017 Leesburg Zoning Ordinance Amendments page.
Eastern Gateway District Small Area Plan
Last year, the Town of Leesburg began a visioning process for the area along Route 7, from River Creek Parkway to the Route 15 Bypass. The effort was initially dubbed "Envision East Market." Based on feedback received, staff have rebranded the area and visioning process as the Eastern Gateway District. There has been a great deal of targeted stakeholder input provided over the past year; however, staff is now seeking to hear from all who live, work or play in Leesburg.
To that end, a public input meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday, June 20, 2017 from 6:30 to 8:30pm in the Banquet Hall at Ida Lee Recreation Center, 60 Ida Lee Drive NW. Staff will provide a summary of stakeholder input today and will engage attendees in a live polling exercise to help formulate a vision for this gateway into our town. Participants are asked to bring their smart phone or internet-enabled device to participate in this portion of the meeting. Town staff will also be on hand to address any additional questions or suggestions that may arise from the discussion.
Economic Development Steering Committee
The Economic Development Steering Committee is a collaborative effort to formulate recommendations and potential action steps for the Town Council regarding Economic Development policies and strategies within the Town. Per Council's resolution 2017-071, staff is working with the committee, which consists of two representatives from the Town Council (non-voting), two members of the Planning Commission, one member of the Economic Development Commission, two business and property owners within the Town and two residents of the Town. For additional information and meeting schedule, please visit our Economic Development Steering Committee Project Page.
Leesburg Reviewing H-2 Historic Corridor District
The H-2 Historic Corridor Review is a collaborative effort between the Board of Architectural Review and the Planning Commission to formulate a recommendation to the Town Council regarding the future of the H-2 Historic Corridor per Council's Resolution 2016-136.
The established H-2 Working Group has been meeting over the last several months to formulate a recommendation as to the future of these historic corridors and presented their findings to the Leesburg Town Council on Monday, June 26th. Discussion of the Working Group's recommendations was continued to the Council's August 7th work session, which will begin at 7:30 pm in the Town Hall Council Chamber, 25 West Market Street.
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