Zoning Ordinance Modernization (ZOMod) 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.
ZoMod - Zoning Ordinance Modernization

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. Learn more about the Zoning Ordinance Modernization (ZOMod) Project in the ZOMod Comprehensive Explanation and Virtual Public Outreach video.

Project Timeline

The Zoning Ordinance Modernization Project, known as ZOMod, will last approximately 24 months and 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.


  1. ZOMod Goals
  2. Presentations and Resources
  3. ZOMod Educational Video Series
  4. Consultant Selection

ZOMod Goals

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

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 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 [email protected] or by calling 804-748-1050 and asking for ZOMod Project Manager Rachel Chieppa.