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 view the presentation provided to the Planning Commission at their July 2020 work session(PDF).

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

Where are we now?

At this time the county is in the first stage of the Scope of Work, which is the Diagnostic Phase. During this phase the consultants will be gathering information and background as well as refining the public engagement efforts for the project. Formal public input opportunities will begin in the next few months. At the conclusion of this phase the consultant team will provide the county with recommendations for moving forward when crafting the new ordinance.

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.