Healthy Growth Initiative

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 establish a maximum allocated density of one dwelling unit per 10 acres in the A-1, Agricultural Zoning District.  Amendments to the Comprehensive Plan will also be considered to reflect the proposed Ordinance amendment.

Joint Public Hearing

Date & Time:   Thursday, October 29, 2020 at 6:30 PM
Location:          Colonial Forge High School auditorium, 550 Courthouse Road,
                              Stafford, Virginia.

All parties are invited to appear and state their views.
More information for those who wish to submit written comments or speak at the public hearing can be found here.

Amendment Details:

The proposed amendment would establish a maximum allocated density of one dwelling unit per 10 acres in the A-1, Agricultural Zoning District.  Allocated density would be calculated by taking the net area of a parcel (total parcel area minus areas of wetlands, floodplains, and slopes greater than 35%) and dividing by 10. The proposal will not change the minimum lot size of 3 acres for conventional subdivisions and 1.5 acres for cluster subdivisions in the A-1 Zoning District. The following is an example to illustrate how allocated density of a parent parcel is calculated pursuant to the Proposed Ordinance:

Parcel A has a net area of 100 acres and an allocated density of 10 dwelling units as of October 29, 2020.  Parcel A is first divided into 5 lots consisting of one 88-acre lot, and four 3 acres lots.  In order to conform with Parcel A’s allocated density of 10 dwelling units, no more than 6 lots may result from any further divisions of all or part of the 88-acre lot remaining after the first division of Parcel A.

Discussion Paper - Growth Management Strategies

Proposed Ordinance Amendment Text

Proposed Comprehensive Plan Amendment Text

Frequently Asked Questions

Example Diagrams

Letter to Property Owners

If you have any questions regarding the proposed amendments that are not addressed in the information above, please contact the Department of Planning and Zoning at (540) 658-8668 or at planning@staffordcountyva.gov