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Code Amendment Projects
Extension of Public Roads in an Agricultural District
Subdivision Ordinance Amendment
Sections 17-46, 17-51, 17-75, and 17-76 of the subdivision ordinance provide the process and standards for parcel subdivisions. If the proposed amendment (PDF) is approved by the Board of Supervisors, this amendment would clarify final plat process for residential parcel subdivisions; would reduce the minimum road frontage requirement for parcels created where zoning approval has been granted to allow for creation or extension of a public road in an Agricultural (A) zoning district; would clarify that all streets within a lot or parcel subdivision shall comply with applicable Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) road standards and pavement design guidelines; and would institute a maximum number of parcels that could be served by one or two access points within a parcel subdivision and an exception process for parcels created where zoning approval has been granted for creation or extension of a road in an Agricultural (A) district.
A public hearing will be held at the January 2024 Planning Commission meeting.
Limited Solar for Public Facilities
Section 19.1-53 of the zoning ordinance establishes use restrictions for limited solar energy facilities. One of the restrictions applicable to limited solar energy facilities in Residential and Manufacture Home districts is that the limited solar energy facility cannot generate more than 20kW of energy. The amendment creates an exemption from this requirement for county governmental facilities in Residential and Manufactured Home districts.
The Board of Supervisors approved this amendment following a public hearing at their regularly scheduled meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2023.
Section 19.1-42 of the zoning ordinance sets the standards for public notification in Chesterfield County. The Code of Virginia sets minimum standards for public notice through newspaper advertisement and direct mail to certain property owners. Chesterfield’s public notice requirements in the zoning ordinance must comply with those minimum standards, but may also exceed those standards. The General Assembly passed several updates to the Code of Virginia regarding public notice that became effective July 1, 2023, and, consequently, Section 19.1-42 needs modification to incorporate those updates. The proposed changes to the zoning ordinance include the following, among other things:
- Removal of a requirement to give a descriptive summary of the application.
- Revision of a requirement to post the proposed density of a residential application, and the land use and density recommended by the Comprehensive Plan for any application.
- Change in the required dates for publishing of newspaper advertisement.
- Addition of a requirement to list the addresses or parcel numbers and the acreage of zoning cases.
- Expanding the types of zoning cases for which sign posting and adjacent property owner notice is required.
- Changing the required mailing date of adjoining property owner notices.
The amendment was initiated by the Planning Commission in July 2023.
A Planning Commission public hearing was held on Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2023; the matter was deferred for 30 days, View the August proposed public notice amendment document (PDF).
A Planning Commission work session was held on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2023; matter was deferred for 60 days. View the September proposed public notice amendment document (PDF).
A Planning Commission public hearing is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 16, 2023.
Comprehensive Plan Projects
Ridgedale Special Focus Area
Special Focus Area Plan Recommendations
In 2022, Chesterfield County initiated a Special Focus Area (SFA) study for the Ridgedale area. A Special Focus Area plan is a long-range plan providing detailed development guidance to areas undergoing, or having a high potential for, change. The SFA plan serves as a guide for future growth; land development; and redevelopment decisions, programs, ordinances and policies. An SFA plan relies on strategies for redevelopment of key properties through detailed design guidelines and placemaking strategies. This SFA plan is a component of the countywide Comprehensive Plan. It is intended to address anticipated needs of the area over the next 15-30 years.
Notable recommendations of the plan include:
- Land uses designations that promote commercial, residential and recreational opportunities for the existing community as well as visitors to the area.
- Design guidelines for connectivity, site layouts, open spaces, lighting and signage.
- Implementation items related to community facilities, incentives, infrastructure, and studies for affordable housing and trail creation.
The plan does not require property owners to change existing uses, and it does not change existing zoning found in the zoning ordinance. Any major development will require zoning, public hearing, and/or site plan processes and will be reviewed by relevant departments and public officials.
There were several factors that prompted the initiation of a SFA plan in the Ridgedale area. The county saw an opportunity to reexamine the possibilities for an area that is a distinct gateway to the county. The area includes the currently vacant Chippenham Crossing Center, which formerly had a grocery store as a tenant. Ridgedale Parkway is home to public and private park facilities, apartment complexes, and J.G. Hening Elementary School. Mary Stratton Park encompasses part of Falling Creek and the East Coast Greenway has been proposed through the area.