Zoning & Subdivision Code Updates

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On Aug. 28, 2023, the Vienna Town Council indicated its desire to adopt amendments to the Town Code with the purpose of preserving and enhancing Vienna's overall tree canopy. 

The following is a history of the meetings, work sessions, and hearings related to the draft ordinance:

  • 08/28/23 - Town Council discussion of proposed code amendments
  • 09/13/23 - Planning Commission discussion of potential code amendments 
  • 09/27/23 - Planning Commission public hearing followed by discussion
  • 10/11/23 - Planning Commission discussion of potential code amendments 
  • 10/23/23 - Town Council public hearing (record kept open until 11/03/23 for written testimony)
  • 11/08/23 - Planning Commission forwarded a recommendation to Town Council
  • 12/04/23 - Town Council work session to review testimony and Planning Commission recommendation
  • 01/08/24 - Town Council work session to review draft amendments
  • 02/05/24 -  Town Council meeting to review draft ordinance. Notice of Intent to Adopt deferred until the next meeting.
  • 02/26/24 - Town Council deferred advertising Intent to Adopt until after a work session to review comments
  • 03/04/24 -  Town Council work session



Zoning and Subdivision Code Update

The Town of Vienna led an effort to clarify, simplify, reorganize, and update the Town’s subdivision and zoning ordinances, Chapters 17 and 18 of the Town Code.  The Town’s last significant zoning code changes occurred fifty years ago in 1969; a significant portion includes regulations that date back to the 1956 zoning ordinance.

Town Council adopted an update to the zoning and subdivision code on October 23, 2023 that went into effect on January 1, 2024. The new Chapter 18 replaced the previous Chapters 17 and 18.

On February 12, 2024, Town Council reviewed a list of follow-up items for potential zoning amendments. See documents list to the right. 


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