Why are these updates occurring?
The primary purpose of the proposed amendments is to protect life and property from flooding consistent with federally mandated requirements for Town participation in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Through the NFIP, land owners in the Town are eligible to purchase flood insurance not available through any other insurance providers. For additional information, you can view the January 3, 2017 letter from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) here.
How does this impact me?
The proposed amendments will establish the Floodplain Overlay District (FOD) to conform with the updated Floodplain Insurance Rate Map and Flood Insurance Study for Loudoun County as prepared by FEMA as required by the NFIP with an effective date of February 17, 2017. Properties mapped within the FOD will be subject to the requirements and use limitations of a new section of the Leesburg Zoning Ordinance in addition to the existing requirements and use limitations of the current zoning district.
FOD applies to lands adjacent to and in general proximity to any stream that drains an area of 100 acres or more that are subject to recurring flooding. The Floodplain Overlay District Map depicts the locations of all of the affected areas of floodplain. Additionally, we have provided an interactive floodplain map tool which allows you to zoom and click or search by your address. All parcels within any portion of the floodplain may be affected.
What is the approval process for these amendments?
On February 14, 2017 the Town Council held their public hearing and approved each of the proposed amendments. The approved ordinances will be posted when available.
Where can I get additional information?
Our webpages will be updated regularly with information regarding the amendments, you can view the amended ordinance language and updated maps here. A Public Information Meeting was held on Tuesday, January 17, 2017, a copy of the staff presentation from that meeting can be viewed here. Additionally, you can contact staff directly by completing our online inquiry form during normal business hours (Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm) at 703-771-2765 or by visiting our offices at Town Hall, 2nd Floor, 25 West Market Street, Leesburg, VA 20176.
- Town Council Approval Documents
- Town Council Meeting Documents
- Planning Commission Meeting Documents
- January 17, 2017 Staff's Public Information Session PowerPoint
- January 3, 2017 FEMA letter to the Town
- FEMA National Flood Insurance Program
- Virginia Floodplain Management Program
- Loudoun County Floodplain Remapping Project