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Posted on: August 31, 2021

Chesterfield Moving Forward with Next Phase of the Development of New Zoning Ordinance

Chesterfield County Planning Department 

Aug. 31, 2021 

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, VA — Working in concert with a team of national planning consultants, Chesterfield is concluding the initial phase of its Zoning Ordinance Modernization (ZOMod) project with the release of an analysis report that outlines proposed improvements to the county’s zoning ordinance.

The analysis report can be viewed here. Meanwhile, a video explaining the next phase of the ZOMod process can be viewed here

Chesterfield Planning officially launched the ZOMod initiative in January, taking a deep dive into the current zoning ordinance -- a set of rules that define how property can be used or developed -- and associated documents. As part of the diagnostic phase, staff and consultants collected public input about what changes should be considered for the new zoning ordinance. 

“We are pleased with the engagement from our residents, businesses, and other development stakeholders,” said Andrew G. Gillies, director of Chesterfield Planning. “We are excited to now move to the next phase of the project where we will continue to seek feedback about our progress.” 

Comments received were placed into the following broad categories: 

  • Protecting neighborhood character. 
  • Expanding the diversity of Chesterfield’s housing portfolio. 
  • Developing a functional mixed-use zone.
  • Taming the Conditional Use Planned Development (CUPD) process. 
  • Promoting the connectivity between various development types. 
  • Balancing requirements for amenities with tradeoffs that incentivize benefits for communities.  

Based on the consulting team’s thorough review of the existing Zoning Ordinance and from the public input received, the analysis report identified the following principles that should be incorporated into the new Zoning Ordinance:

  • Providing a comprehensive framework for development.
  • Creating quality places.
  • Making the zoning ordinance user-friendly.
  • Building community support.
  • Providing up-to-date regulations.
  • Improving digital and online access to the zoning ordinance.
  • Providing a clear administrative process.
  • Building an implementation infrastructure. 

Over time, a zoning ordinance should be reviewed and updated to accommodate regional development trends and meet the changing needs of residents and businesses. Chesterfield’s zoning ordinance has not been comprehensively amended in more than 30 years.

With community guidance and support, county leaders are expecting the ZOMod initiative to set the stage for progressive development and land use within Chesterfield’s 437 square miles for many years to come. 


Residents, businesses and users of the Zoning Ordinance are strongly encouraged to view the video and submit any comments, questions or concerns about the ZOMod initiative. People can also email or call 804-748-1778 to speak to ZOMod Project Manager Rachel Chieppa. 


To learn more about ZOMod, including an overview of the existing ordinance, visit:


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