Planning and Zoning News Center

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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.


 Leesburg Planning & Zoning Welcomes New Staff Members

The Department of Planning & Zoning welcomed two new staff member in late 2018.  Rob Walton, Assistant Zoning Administrator and Lauren Murphy, Preservation Planner.  Please click here for more information.

Minor Special Exception Review Process Approved

On December 11, 2018 the Leesburg Town Council voted to approve an amendment to the Zoning Ordinance establishing a Minor Special Exception Review process for certain uses and zoning districts.  The approved ordinance can be viewed here.  For more information on Town Plan and Zoning Ordinance amendments currently under review, please visit our 2018-2019 Town Plan & Zoning Ordinance Amendments page


Eastern Gateway District Small Area Plan

The Town of Leesburg's visioning process for the area along Route 7, from River Creek Parkway to the Route 15 Bypass has continued into 2018.  Initially dubbed "Envision East Market.", staff has rebranded the area as "Eastern Gateway District" based on feedback received during the public input process. There was a great deal of targeted stakeholder input provided over the past year and review began with the Planning Commission late in 2017. 

The Town Council will continue their discussion of the Eastern Gateway District small area plan at their January 7, 2019 work session.   

You can find additional information on our Eastern Gateway District small area plan by visiting our 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.  

On February 27, 2018, the Leesburg Town Council adopted Resolution 2018-028 to formally replace the H-2 Corridor Overlay District and Design Guidelines with a new Gateway District and initiated amendments to the Zoning Ordinance and the creation of a Gateway District Streetscape Enhancement Plan.  

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

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