Review the Draft Zoning Ordinance

This consolidated draft combines all three of the draft zoning modules that were originally shared in February, and also provides several updates based on feedback from City staff, the community, the Planning Commission, and City Council. 

If you would like to view a printed copy of these materials, copies will be available to borrow from the Information Desk at the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library (201 E Market Street) and Gordon Avenue Library (1500 Gordon Avenue). Please watch this page for a notification when the documents are available.

Draft Zoning Ordinance:

  1. Complete consolidated draft of the Charlottesville Development Code, including the Zoning and Subdivision Ordinances:
    • “Redline” version, showing the changes since the first drafts released in Modules 1, 2, and 3 (PDF)
    • “Clean” version, with no changes highlighted (PDF)
  2. Draft Zoning Map:
    • Zoning Map without overlay districts (PDF)
    • Zoning Map with overlay districts (PDF)
    • Interactive map (link)
    • Shapefile (for use in GIS mapping programs) (link)
  3. Other Maps:
    • Downtown stepback requirements map (PDF)
    • Street types map (PDF)

Related Manuals:

  1. Development Review Procedures Manual (PDF)
  2. Affordable Dwelling Unit Administrative Manual – Forthcoming

Community Engagement Report For February – June 2023:

  1. Community Engagement Report (PDF)

Events and Meetings

Planning Commission Public Hearing

The Charlottesville Planning Commission will hold a Public Hearing for the draft Zoning Ordinance rewrite on Thursday, September 14, 2023. The meeting will begin at 4:00 PM and will be held at City Hall, in the Council Chambers (605 East Main St), and virtually, via Zoom.

  • At this meeting, the Planning Commission will hear public testimony related to the draft Zoning Ordinance. The Planning Commission will then consider whether to request changes to the draft, or to send it to the City Council for a hearing and vote. There will be additional announcements to share the date and time for the City Council hearing, once that is scheduled. If needed, Planning Commission deliberation on the Zoning Ordinance may continue to additional meetings in September.
  • There are opportunities to provide testimony both virtually and in person during the meeting. If you wish to attend virtually, a meeting registration link will be available on the City’s Zoom Webinars page,
  • Materials will be available for viewing online no later than five days before the meeting on the City’s meeting page, or can be obtained, upon request, from the Department of Neighborhood Development Services, 2nd Floor of City Hall, 610 East Main Street.