The zoning ordinance is an important tool for bringing the goals of the Comprehensive Plan to reality. The Plan establishes a vision for the City, provides policy guidance for growth and development and contains action items directed at the City to implement the vision. The zoning ordinance guides daily decisions and shapes the City we will leave to those who come after us.  Your participation is essential to ensure that it  reflects the community's values and aspirations for tomorrow, next year and beyond.  During the next few months, we ask that you take advantage of opportunities to weigh in on the future of this community.  Your voice is important and Lynchburg is Listening.

Michael A Gillette, Mayor

Michael A. Gillette, Mayor

Michael A Gillette, Mayor

Zoning Workshops Scheduled

Community Workshops

Lynchburg residents and business owners are encouraged to attend one of the following community workshops to discuss proposed revisions to the City’s zoning ordinance:

Lynchburg is Listening

Thursday, July 10


City Public Works Building

1700 Memorial Avenue

Lynchburg is Listening

Thursday, July 10

6:00-8:00 pm

City IT Building

3550 Young Place

Open House

Friday, July 11

8:30 am – 5 pm

2nd Floor Training Room City Hall

900 Church Street

Zoning sets procedures and standards for the use and development of lots within the City. The existing ordinance is outdated, confusing and inconsistent with some adopted community goals. The community workshops will provide give participants the opportunity to discuss key zoning issues in detail. Participants will be asked to discuss ways to make zoning more consistent with community goals and needs. Small group discussions will focus on a variety of questions, including


  • Changes in zoning districts (such as the range and scale of uses allowed in neighborhood business districts)
  • Ways that zoning setbacks and other standards can better support existing neighborhood character (e.g., setbacks and accessory uses, such as home occupations and accessory dwellings); and
  • Refinements of standards to improve compatibility within and between higher intensity uses (e.g., multi-family and commercial uses) and single-family neighborhoods.



The public workshops will focus on providing residents the opportunity to discuss and make specific recommendations to improve Lynchburg’s zoning ordinance.

Can’t make one of the Lynchburg is Listening sessions? Planning staff will be available from 8:30 to 5:00 pm on Friday, July 11 on a walk in basis to take your comments, discuss the Zoning Ordinance update and answer any questions you may have.

For more information, contact the community development department at (434) 455-3909 or visit www.lynchburg2030.org.


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