Rockingham County Supervisors OK Zoning Ordinance

Board Approves New Land-Use Regulations

Posted: April 26, 2014

HARRISONBURG — Rockingham County has a new zoning ordinance on the books for the first time in decades.

On Wednesday, the Board of Supervisors approved an updated document outlining land-use regulations.

It spells out what uses are allowed on every property in the county based on zoning and what requirements property owners must satisfy.

County officials have been working on overhauling the ordinance for about seven years to make it more user-friendly and bring it in line with state code.

The original document had been amended so many times over the years that officials say it became unruly to work with.

The new regulations are set to take effect Oct. 1, which officials say gives developers, property owners and other interested parties time to review it and provide feedback.

Rhonda Cooper, director of planning for the county, said work remains to be done on the ordinance, including housekeeping items and ensuring it’s compliant with other areas of county code.

Provisions affecting manufactured home parks are another area officials are still working through.

“A number of items need to be addressed,” she said.

Supervisor Bill Kyger wondered if the county wasn’t jumping the gun in approving the document now.

“It sounds like there’s an awful lot of work yet,” he said.

But County Administrator Joe Paxton said work on the document is largely complete, and the board has the authority to make changes as necessary.

“It’s a very significant ordinance,” he said. “It’s a very large ordinance, and from my perspective it’s a living document that continues to change as the circumstances in the county change.”

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