COMPREHENSIVE PLAN UPDATE - SEEKING CITIZEN INPUT
The County’s Planning Commission is presently conducting a 5-Year Update to the Comprehensive Plan. The Comprehensive Plan sets goals and policies for the future use of land in the County and how it impacts demographics, the environment, and public infrastructure. The current Plan covers the time period of 2016 through 2036. As part of the update process, the Planning Commission is seeking input from citizens. Your thoughts and ideas are valued and greatly appreciated. Click HERE to view the current Comprehensive Plan. If you have any comments that you would like to share with the Planning Commission for this Update, please send them to PC-PublicComments@staffordcountyva.gov .
Healthy Growth Initiative
A-1 Zoning Ordinance Amendment
The Stafford County Board of Supervisors and the Stafford County Planning Commission held a joint public hearing on October 29, 2020, to consider amendments to the Zoning Ordinance and Comprehensive Plan relating to allowed densities in the A-1, Agricultural Zoning District.
On March 2, 2021, the Board adoptedwith a change in how property may be subdivided in the A-1 Zoning District. Previously, residential development on rural land zoned A-1 was determined by how many three-acre lots could be achieved on a piece of property. The Board amended the zoning ordinance to allow a gross density of one dwelling unit for every six acres. The Board also voted to grandfather any subdivision plans that have already been fully submitted, and allow the five properties in progress from the Purchase of Development Rights program in 2017 to be evaluated under the previous requirements. The Board also requested the Planning Commission to begin the review process to exempt family subdivisions from the zoning change. This decision comes after a long three-year process that included public outreach and public hearings with the Planning Commission.
Under the ordinance change, which goes into effect immediately, land located within the A-1 zoning district may be subdivided with a gross density of six acres, with a minimum lot size of three acres, or 1.5 acres if located in a cluster subdivision. Gross density is determined by everything located on the land, whether it is usable or not – such as wetlands. For example, someone with 30 acres could create five residential lots allotted across the 30 acres. That person could subdivide in any combination of acreage as long as the minimum lot size is three acres. If the person chose to develop a cluster subdivision, 50% of the land would have to be subtracted and lot sizes would be a minimum of 1.5 acres.
The associated Comprehensive Plan Amendment that was adopted by the Board can be found.
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