Zoning Ordinance Modernization Project

About the Project 

In the fall of 2019, Chesterfield County issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) seeking the services of qualified professionals to assist the county in a comprehensive re-write of its Zoning Ordinance (PDF), Chapter 19.1 of the Chesterfield County Code. The Zoning Ordinance serves as the primary tool to implement the Comprehensive Plan. While the Plan itself has changed over time to reflect the growth and development vision for county, much of the core content of the current Zoning Ordinance remains unchanged since the 1970s. A comprehensive re-write of the Zoning Ordinance is necessary to fully implement the future vision. 

It is the intent of this project to create a new Zoning Ordinance with the following goals in mind:

  • Make user friendly
  • Modernize land use categories
  • Increase flexibility and transparency
  • Improve speed, consistency and predictability
  • Utilize figures, graphics and tables more frequently
  • Minimize reliance on current Conditional Use Plan of Development (CUPD) process
  • Modernize and align with Comprehensive Plan 
  • Address changing conditions and demographics
  • Create unique document specific to the needs of Chesterfield

Consultant Selection

White and Smith, LLC. was awarded the contract in March of 2020 by the Board of Supervisors; however, due to unforeseen circumstances related to COVID-19, the project start was delayed until January 2021. White and Smith, LLC. will enlist the assistance of three sub-consultants for this project: 

The team assembled by White and Smith will offer the county access to the vast expertise of multiple firms. Together, these firms have national experience with many successful code updates the majority of the continental United States. 

Project Timeline

The Modernization Project will last approximately 24 months and will have four phases. To learn more about these phases click to see the presentation provided to the Planning Commission at their July 2020 work session:

Phase 1 - Diagnostic
Phase 2 - Drafting
Phase 3 - Public Hearing and Adoption
Phase 4 - Training and Implementation

Where are we now?

Even with the project being delayed until January 2021, due to COVID-19, the Planning Department has continued moving forward by holding various listening sessions to gather feedback about the current Zoning Ordinance as well as ideas for the new one. These sessions are being held in small groups to gather input from various individuals and groups interested in this project. 

How can I be involved?

We always welcome input and would appreciate any feedback you have. There will be many opportunities throughout the project to share your comments. You can also email the project manager, Rachel Chieppa, Senior Planner, or contact her by phone at (804) 748-1778 to ask questions or provide comments.