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Zoning Text Amendments
Zoning text amendments (ZTA) are necessary to keep the Zoning Ordinance current with new uses, to implement new policies, and to ensure that the Zoning Ordinance furthers its purpose of promoting the health, safety, and general welfare of the public. A ZTA is formed either by (1) a directive by the Board of County Supervisors or (2) through a request made by the Zoning Administrator. Once requested, the case is considered at a public meeting by the Board of County Supervisors for initiation. After being initiated, the proposed language is drafted and presented to the DCSM/Zoning Ordinance Advisory Committee for review and to ensure the impacts of modifying the Zoning Ordinance are considered in a collaborative process. After being reviewed, the ZTA is considered at public hearings by the Planning Commission and the Board of County Supervisors. When the ZTA is adopted by the Board it becomes effective immediately.     
 

Prince William County Zoning Text amendment report

The PWC Zoning Text Amendment Report contains a list of amendments to the Zoning Ordinance that have been initiated by the Board of County Supervisors or have been adopted within the past year to the PWC Zoning Ordinance.  Changes to Municode (the online repository for the Prince William County Code) from recently adopted Ordinances approved by the Board take approximately four (4) months.

Recently Adopted Ordinances Not Yet Codified:

current text amendments

Below is a list of current zoning text amendments and their status.  A status of "Proposed" indicates that the ZTA has been initiated but language has not yet been drafted.  A status of "In Progress" indicates that draft language is available and public input is being solicited.  Finally, a status of "Recently Completed" indicates that the ZTA has been approved by the Board of County Supervisors, but is not codified in the Zoning Ordinance yet. 

Case Number / ePortal Link Case Name / Web Page Status

DPA2016-00021*

Signs

 
Initiated

DPA2016-00020

Mixed-use Zoning Districts

 
Initiated

DPA2016-00018

Big Box Ordinance

 
Initiated

DPA2018-00020

Civil Violations

 
Initiated
DPA2018-00021

Cemetery Buffers

 
In Progress

DPA2017-00018

Distribution and Fulfillment Centers

 
In Progress
DPA2017-00024

Telecommunications and Small Cell Facilities

 
In Progress
DPA2018-00019

2018 Mandated Changes

 
In Progress

DPA2018-00022

Parking on Unimproved Surfaces

 
Approved

 *On June 21, 2016, the Board of County Supervisors initiated amendments to the Zoning Ordinance and the Design and Construction Standards Manual (DCSM) to promote business growth and retention in the County.  The amendments were recommended by the Commercial Development Committee's (CDC), Development Review Ordinance Team (DORT).

For more information regarding scheduled hearing dates for Zoning Text Amendments initiated by the Board of County Supervisors and scheduled for review by the DCSM/Zoning Ordinance Advisory Committee, the Planning Commission, or for final action by the Board of County Supervisors, please refer to the Development Services ePortal.  (See How to Look Up ZTAs)
 
If you have any questions on the Zoning Text Amendments, please call Zoning Administration at (703)792-7615, email planning@pwcgov.org, or comment here

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