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Posted on: March 30, 2023

Part 2 of the Draft Zoning Ordinance Available for Review

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March 30, 2023

Part 2 of the Draft Zoning Ordinance Available for Review

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA – The City of Charlottesville is seeking input on the draft Development Standards for the Zoning Ordinance update.

Background & Overview

The City of Charlottesville Department of Neighborhood Development Services has been working in partnership with a consultant team on a three-part project called Cville Plans Together. Earlier efforts focused on creation of an Affordable Housing Plan (endorsed by the Council in March 2021) and updating Charlottesville’s Comprehensive Plan (adopted November 2021). The third and final part of this project is the zoning ordinance rewrite. You can find out more about the Cville Plans Together process and view materials from previous phases at

The Zoning Ordinance comprises a set of municipal laws that regulate the development of buildings and the use of land. It is an important factor in how the community manages and prepares for the growth and evolution of its physical space. You can learn more about zoning in the Zoning 101 overview posted on the Cville Plans together website.

The purpose of the zoning ordinance rewrite is two-fold: 

  • To ensure that the zoning ordinance effectively implements the Affordable Housing Plan and the newly updated Comprehensive Plan, including the Future Land Use Map, and
  • To make other needed updates to streamline and clarify the ordinance.

We have posted a list of responses to frequently-asked questions about the Zoning Rewrite. You can view the FAQ here

Review Module 2 of the Draft Zoning Ordinance

In February 2023, we released the draft Module 1 for community review, and Module 2 is now available. We expect to release Module 3 the week of April 10. (Date subject to change; please continue to check the website for details.)

We are reviewing all comments and questions and considering them as we plan updates for each Module.

Visit to view materials related to Module 2, including:

  • Draft Development Standards
  • Summary Materials
    1. Recorded Overview Presentation
    2. Executive Summary of Module 2

If you would like to view a printed copy of the draft zoning materials, copies will be available to borrow from the Information Desk at the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library (201 E Market Street) no later than April 7. Module 1 materials are available at the libraries now.

Share Your Feedback on Modules 1 and 2 of the Draft Zoning Ordinance through April 30, 2023

The community review and comment period for all draft Zoning Ordinance modules has been extended through April 30. There are several ways to share your comments and questions: 

Upcoming Events

Join us at an open house to learn more and share your feedback. Drop in any time.

  • Wednesday, April 12: Carver Recreation Center (Multi-purpose Room), 233 4th St NW, 4:00 – 7:00 pm
  • Saturday April 15: CitySpace (Main Conference Room), 100 5th Street NE, 10:00 am – 12:30pm

To stay up to date on upcoming opportunities to review materials and provide your input, please sign up for the project email list.

Questions related to this news release may be directed to James Freas at

Media Contact
David Dillehunt
Deputy Director of Communications & Public Engagement
City of Charlottesville

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