Joint Public Hearing Notice - Proposed Adoption of New Cluster Subdivision Areas Map

What:    The Stafford County Board of Supervisors and the Stafford County Planning Commission will  hold a joint public hearing to consider amendments to the Zoning Ordinance to adopt a new Cluster Subdivision Area map.

When:    Tuesday, January 22, 2019, beginning at 7:00 p.m., or as soon thereafter as the matter may   be heard.

Where:  Board Chambers, George L. Gordon, Jr., Government Center, 1300 Courthouse Road,   Stafford, Virginia.

Read the Affected Property Notice 

View the Proposed Ordinance (O19-02) & Cluster Subdivision Areas Map  

   *Map Legend Note:  USA = Urban Services Area

The map depicts where Cluster Development would be permitted. The lighter yellow shading depicts the portion of cluster development areas located inside the Urban Services Area. The Urban Services Area includes locations in the County where public sewer and water utilities, most public facilities, and higher density development is existing or planned. The darker orange shading depicts the portion of cluster development areas located outside the Urban Services Area. In these areas, lower density development, typically not served by public utilities, are recommended. Cluster development would be permitted in both yellow and orange shaded areas.

View the Current Ordinance (O18-13) & Cluster Subdivision Areas Map (proposed to be repealed) 


The County provided notice to all County citizens that own property that is Zoned A-1, Agricultural, A-2, Rural Residential, and R-1 Suburban Residential and over 11,500 square feet in size, in order to meet State notice requirements for repeal of the ordinance.

This amendment affects any person who owns property zoned A-1, A-2, or R-1, and wishes to develop a cluster subdivision on their property.

  • If you do not intend on subdividing your property, this amendment does not affect you.

Cluster subdivisions would only be permitted on properties within the area designated on the map.

  • Cluster subdivisions are a form of development that allows for reduced lot sizes for new residential subdivisions in exchange for reservation of open space areas.

Conventional subdivisions or development are permitted anywhere in the County, consistent with other zoning and subdivision regulations, and would not be affected by this code amendment.

  • Conventional subdivisions are the primary method of development. A conventional subdivision divides a property into development lots and roads. Common open space is not required.

The Cluster Subdivision Areas Map limits where cluster subdivisions would be permitted in the County.

The State Code requires localities to permit cluster development by right on a minimum of 40% of the unimproved land contained in residential and agricultural zoning district classifications. The proposed map will help to ensure that cluster development is permitted in the County, consistent with State Code.

If you have additional questions, contact the Department of Planning and Zoning at (540) 658-8668.