Zoning Ordinance Modernization (ZOMod) Project

Implementing the Comprehensive Plan

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, Chapter 19.1 (PDF) of the Chesterfield County Code. The Zoning Ordinance serves as the primary tool to implement the Comprehensive Plan. While the Comprehensive 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.

Project Timeline

The Zoning Ordinance Modernization Project, known as ZOMod, will have four phases:

  • Phase 1 - Diagnostic (concluded Fall 2021)
  • Phase 2 - Drafting
  • Phase 3 - Public Hearing and Adoption
  • Phase 4 - Training and Implementation

Learn more about the ZOMod Project timeline in the ZOMod General Overview video. 

Current Stage - Drafting

The county is now in the second stage of the Scope of Work, which is the Drafting Phase. Please view the Phase Two video which provides additional information regarding this important next step in the ZOMod process.

Review Draft Zoning Ordinance

Planning has released draft zoning ordinance sections for public review online. A complete ZOMod draft (PDF) as of July 2023 is also available to download.

Zoning Districts: Residential and Agricultural

A zoning district is a place where a given set of property regulations, like permitted uses, setbacks and building heights are housed that govern development and help maintain the character of the county.

Residential and Agricultural Districts
Chesterfield’s current zoning ordinance includes 13 different types of residential districts plus the agricultural district. However, the new draft zoning ordinance consolidates these into six residential districts plus an agricultural district. This will simplify the ordinance and make it easier for everyone to use.

The first portion of the draft zoning ordinance, covering the Residential and Agricultural Districts, is available to review. Learn more by viewing the Residential and Agricultural Districts video. The public comment period ended on Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2023.

Share Your Thoughts

We always welcome input and would appreciate any feedback you have. View the ZOMod Comprehensive Explanation and Virtual Public Outreach video and the ZOMod Public Comment Update video and then share with us your comments about the Chesterfield County Zoning Ordinance. What works well? What needs improvement? What priorities would you like to see in the new ordinance?

Comments and questions can be directed to ZOMod Project Manager Rachel Chieppa by email or by calling 804-748-1050.

ZoMod - Zoning Ordinance Modernization