The Code of Virginia empowers the Zoning Administrator to interpret the Zoning Ordinance when there is a need for clarity in the application and administration of zoning regulations; either generally or as applied to a specific property. To this end, the Zoning Administrator issues written determinations and advice memorializing such interpretations and findings of fact.
Zoning Determinations are formal decisions by the Zoning Administrator specifically interpreting zoning and/or land use regulations. See below for information on appealing a determination.
|Determination: Front Porches Lot Coverage||May 4, 2017|
|Determination: Wind Turbines||May 15, 2012|
|Determination: Parking for a Kennel or Dog Boarding Business||March 18, 2010|
|Determination: Retail Uses in Site Plans||Oct. 14, 2003|
|Determination: Swimming Pools and Footprint Limitations||May 22, 2003|
|Determination: Fortune Telling and Palmistry||June 8, 1988|
|Determination: Fence Heights||June 2, 1988|
|Determination: Parking Regulations||March 12, 1986|
|Determination: Video Rental Store Restrictions||Jan. 15, 1986|
|Determination: Non-Residential Trailers||July 15, 1976|
In addition to formal determinations, the Zoning Administrator issues written advice to provide guidance on the policies and practices staff follows in applying specific zoning regulations.
|Advice: Bay Windows and Bump-Outs||Jan. 12, 2017|
|Advice: Food Preparation and Home Occupations||Nov. 29, 2016|
|Advice: Density Exclusions for GFA – Site Plan Projects||April 11, 2016|
|Advice: Placement of Stormwater Planters||June 25, 2013|
|Advice: Pipe-Stem Lots||April 26, 2013|
|Advice: Electric Vehicle Charging Stations||Jan. 9, 2013|
|Advice: Open Contiguous Lot Area||March 3, 2011|
Appealing a Determination
Determinations are appealable to the Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) within 30 days from the date of issuance.