Henrico sets April 26 meeting to kick off revision of zoning, subdivision ordinances

Henrico County is beginning a comprehensive update of its zoning and subdivision ordinances — the first such effort in six decades — and will introduce the project as part of the Wednesday, April 26 meeting of the Henrico County Planning Commission.

The meeting will get underway at 9 a.m. in the Board Room of the Henrico Government Center, 4301 E. Parham Road. The ordinance update project will be featured as the final item on the agenda. Project consultant Clarion Associates will give a presentation, and meeting participants will be able to ask questions and provide comments.

Residents, developers and other stakeholders interested in development in the county are encouraged to attend, said Benjamin W. Blankinship, zoning division manager for the county’s Planning Department.

Henrico’s zoning and subdivision ordinances were adopted in 1959 and 1955, respectively. Blankinship noted that although they have been amended nearly 250 times since their adoption, the ordinances have not undergone a thorough revision.

“Public participation will be a vital part of this effort,” he said. “Our goal is to develop codes that are up to date, easier to understand, more consistent and more predictable. We need insights and ideas from our residents and others to do that.”

The ordinance update will take about two years, Blankinship said, noting that the April 26 session will be the first of several public meetings over the course of the project.

Residents can track the progress of the project, sign up for meeting notices, provide feedback and get additional details at zoningupdate.henrico.us.

For more information, contact the Planning Department at (804) 501-4602.