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.
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 BAR and Planning Commission are scheduled to hold a joint meeting at the Thomas Balch Library (208 West Market Street) on Monday,February 6, 2017 at 7pm to review recommendations formulated by a previous H-2 Committee in 2009, discuss the viability and structure of the existing H-2 District, and establish the members for the Working Group.
Leesburg Floodplain Ordinance Amendments
The proposed amendments will establish the Floodplain Overlay District (FOD) to conform with the updated Floodplain Insurance Rate Map and Flood Insurance Study for Loudoun County as prepared by FEMA as required by the NFIP with an effective date of February 17, 2017. Properties mapped within the FOD will be subject to the requirements and use limitations of a new section of the Leesburg Zoning Ordinance in addition to the existing requirements and use limitations of the current zoning district.
The primary purpose of the proposed amendments is to protect life and property from flooding consistent with federally mandated requirements for Town participation in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Through the NFIP, land owners in the Town are eligible to purchase flood insurance not available through any other insurance providers.
The Leesburg Town Council will hold a public hearing regarding these amendments at their February 14, 2017 meeting. The meeting will begin at 7pm in the Leesburg Town Hall Council Chamber (25 West Market Street). All members of the public in attendance will have the opportunity to address Council during the hearing.
For additional information regarding the Floodplain Ordinance Amendments, please visit our project page.
Town Council Adopts Revised Sign Ordinance
On June 28, 2015, the United States Supreme Court in Reed v. Town of Gilbert, Arizona, 135 S. Ct. 2218 (2015), struck down the Town of Gilbert's sign ordinance as unconstitutional. The court found that the Town of Gilbert's sign ordinance, which assigned different sizes and posting requirements based upon the type of noncommercial speech displayed, was an unconstitutional violation of the Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment. As such, it was determined that a review and amendment of the Town of Leesburg's sign ordinance was necessary to ensure it comports with the holding in Reed.
After review by the Planning Commission and the Town Council, the revised Sign Ordinance (Zoning Ordinance, Article 15) was adopted on January 10, 2017. The amended ordinance can be viewed here.
For additional information regarding this and other amendments to the Zoning Ordinance in 2016, please visit our project page.
Town Council Approves Updates to Telecommunications Regulations in the Leesburg Zoning Ordinance
On September 27, 2016 the Leesburg Town Council adopted amendments to the Zoning Ordinance addressing Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS), Small Cells, and Power Mount Facilities on existing electrical transmission towers. These technologies are used to enhance wireless service coverage in an environment with ever-increasing demand for such service. Application of these technologies typically involves installation of antennas on existing buildings, structures, utility poles, and/or light standards. For additional information regarding these amendments, please review our Zoning Ordinance Amendments Project Page or you can view the amended Zoning Ordinance here.
Interim Policy for Residential Rezoning Applications
As a result of a new state law that went into effect on July 1, 2016, the Leesburg Town Council has implemented an interim policy to address potential implications of the new legislation until permanent Town policy changes can be made. The interim policy is anticipated to be in effect at least four to six months.
The interim policy applies to any rezoning application accepted after July 1, 2016, that contains a residential component. The interim policy consists of three key elements:
- The Town will not accept any type of proffer (cash or contribution) for any rezoning application that contains a residential component.
- The Town will no longer accept applicant-initiated amendments to the Town Plan.
- The policy will remain in effect until a permanent policy is established and amendments are made to the Zoning Ordinance. Town Plan and other Town documents that relate to proffers.
In addition to changes in the Zoning Ordinance and Town Plan, staff anticipates that the permanent policy will include changes to application procedures, the repeal of established proffer guidelines, and an examination of development fees.
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