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Leesburg Council Reduces Parking Requirements for Downtown Development

Changes intended to spur new residential units in Historic Downtown.

Post Date:10/10/2018 2:17 PM

Leesburg, VA (October 10, 2018) – At their meeting on Tuesday, September 25, 2018, the Leesburg Town Council amended the Town’s Zoning Ordinance regarding the parking requirements for certain residential and commercial uses in the downtown area. These changes are intended to lessen the cost of developing new apartments and commercial space in the Historic Downtown. 

The overall goal is to create more opportunities for people to live downtown and patronize the shops and restaurants within walking distance. 

Specific changes to the Zoning Ordinance include:

  • Reducing the number of parking spaces required for multifamily units in the B-1 District.
  • Allowing new multifamily units within 500 feet of a municipal parking facility to provide payment in-lieu for up to 10 parking spaces.
  • Decreasing parking requirements for office, retail, and restaurants with outdoor seating in the B-1 District.
  • Increasing the allowed walking distance from off-site parking for both residential and commercial uses in the Historic District.

These amendments are effective immediately. The full text of the amendments can be found on the Town website at

Media Contact:
Betsy Arnett
Public Information Officer

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