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Welcome to the Department of Planning and Zoning’s News Center. Committed to providing excellent community service, the primary purpose of the department is to guide future growth and quality of life in the Town of Leesburg. This is accomplished by enhancing Leesburg’s special character, anticipating changing community needs, and facilitating the development of policies to ensure stewardship of the Town’s natural and built environments. Planning and Zoning staff is responsible for providing administrative and technical service to the public, as well as strategic support to the governing bodies that make decisions about Leesburg’s land use.


Revised Policy for Residential Rezoning Applications

On July 11, 2017, the Leesburg Town Council adopted amendments to the Zoning Ordinance and Town Plan to address state legislation that went into effect on July 1, 2016 regarding proffers for rezoning applications with a residential component. For additional information, and to see the approved amendments, please visit our 2017 Zoning Ordinance Amendments page. 

The updated Zoning Ordinance may be reviewed here and the updated Town Plan may be reviewed here

2017 Leesburg Zoning Ordinance Amendments

During the first half of the year the Leesburg Town Council initiated several Zoning Ordinance Amendments for research and consideration, including allowing food trucks a temporary uses in limited zoning districts and revising parking ratios in the B-1.  For additional information regarding ordinance amendments under review and their current status, please visit our 2017 Leesburg Zoning Ordinance & Town Plan Amendments page.  

Eastern Gateway District Small Area Plan

Last year, the Town of Leesburg began a visioning process for the area along Route 7, from River Creek Parkway to the Route 15 Bypass.  The effort was initially dubbed "Envision East Market."  Based on feedback received, staff have rebranded the area and visioning process as the Eastern Gateway District. There has been a great deal of targeted stakeholder input provided over the past year; however, staff is now seeking to hear from all who live, work or play in Leesburg. 

To that end, a public input meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday, October 17, 2017 from 6:30 to 8:30pm in the Banquet Hall at Ida Lee Recreation Center, 60 Ida Lee Drive NW.  During this meeting, staff will present the key policies and themes that were developed based on your earlier feedback.  There will also be a round table discussion opportunity for participants to provide comments to help further refine specific aspects of the plan related to recreation, aesthetics, and opportunities for innovation. 

You can find additional information on our Eastern Gateway District small area plan by visiting our project page. Participate in our short survey here

Economic Development Steering Committee

The Economic Development Steering Committee is a collaborative effort to formulate recommendations and potential action steps for the Town Council regarding Economic Development policies and strategies within the Town.  Per Council's resolution 2017-071, staff is working with the committee, which consists of two representatives from the Town Council (non-voting), two members of the Planning Commission, one member of the Economic Development Commission, two business and property owners within the Town and two residents of the Town.  For additional information and meeting schedule, please visit our Economic Development Steering Committee Project Page

Leesburg Reviewing H-2 Historic Corridor District

The H-2 Historic Corridor Review is a collaborative effort between  the Board of Architectural Review and the Planning Commission to formulate a recommendation to the Town Council regarding the future of the H-2 Historic Corridor per Council's Resolution 2016-136.  

The established H-2 Working Group has been meeting over the last several months to formulate a recommendation as to the future of these historic corridors and presented their findings to the Leesburg Town Council on Monday, June 26th.  Discussion of the Working Group's recommendations was continued to the Council's August 7th work session, which will begin at 7:30 pm in the Town Hall Council Chamber, 25 West Market Street.  

Please visit our H-2 Historic Corridor District Review project page for additional information.

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