City-Initiated Zoning Changes
The Department of Planning and Development Review is undertaking initiatives to rezone areas of the City to fit adopted plans and make changes to the Zoning Ordinance. Please see the list below of current initiatives and zoning changes:
The City of Richmond Department of Planning and Development Review (PDR) seeks feedback regarding the following three proposed, City-wide zoning changes:
- Revise Short-Term Rental Regulations (CPC Resolution of Intent - CPCR.2021.168)
- Eliminate Parking Space Minimums (City Council Resolution - RES. 2021-R027)
- Permit Accessory Dwelling Units (CPC Resolution of Intent - CPCR.2021.095)
Please contact Brian Mercer at Brian.Mercer@rva.gov or (804) 646-6704 with any questions or comments on the three zoning changes.
Click HERE to view a report on the first round of community engagement.
PDR hosted the following public meetings:
In-Person and Virtual
PDR hosted an In-Person Meeting on August 9th at the Main Library and a Virtual Meeting on August 10th.
Presentation Slides from August 9th & 10th Public Meetings: Click HERE
Click HERE to watch a recording of the Virtual Meeting on August 10th. See below for a timeframe breakdown of the recording:
Introduction - 0:00
Short-Term Rentals - 5:20
Parking Minimums - 9:45
Accessory Dwelling Units - 21:15
Recap and Q&A - 32:45
Telephone Town Halls
A survey was available to the public between August 9th through September 9th to seek feedback regarding these proposed three zoning changes. To view the results of this survey, click HERE.
The purpose of these meetings were to educate the public on the requested zoning changes for Parking Requirements and Accessory Dwelling Units, as well as follow-up on the 2020 commitment to revisit the Short-Term Rental regulations within the City in 2022. During these meetings, subject matter experts from the Department of Planning and Development Review shared the requested zoning changes, discussed potential elements that may change in the zoning ordinances, and addressed any questions regarding these potential changes. These meetings were the first of two rounds of community engagement. During the second round, tentatively scheduled for November, City staff will share the proposed changes for the zoning ordinance.
The RP District Amendments and City Center Rezoning ordinances were adopted at the September 26, 2022 City Council Meeting. You can view the RP District Amendment ordinance HERE and the City Center Rezoning ordinance HERE.
On March 7, 2022, Richmond City Planning Commission passed Resolution 2022-023 to declare an intent to amend the official zoning map for the purpose of rezoning certain properties in the area generally north of East Broad Street, south and west of Interstate 64/95, and east of North Third Street in accordance with the Richmond 300 Master Plan. The current zoning of City Center (see map below) is primarily CM, RP, RO-3, and B-4 and does not align with the vision described in the recently adopted City Center Innovation District Small Area Plan via the vision statement, illustrations, site plans, and future land use designations for City Center.
A presentation was made to the City Planning Commission on the proposed rezoning on Monday, March 7th. Please visit the City's Legistar website to listen to a recording of the presentation. An update to the City Center rezoning was provided to the City Planning Commission on Monday, April 18th that can be viewed here. An additional presentation with revised recommendations was provided to the City Planning Commission on Monday, May 16th (viewed here).
PDR invites you to attend two public, virtual meetings to give your feedback on the ideas for the rezoning:
Meeting #1: Wednesday, April 13th at 6:00pm (Microsoft Teams)
In this meeting, staff will give a presentation about the vision for the City Center Innovation District and the potential ideas for rezoning. There will be a Q&A portion, and you will be able to give your feedback to staff.
Phone Access: Call 804-316-9457 and when prompted, enter code 623 016 734#
Video Access: Click here
Meeting #2: Wednesday, May 11th at 6:00pm (Microsoft Teams)
This meeting will present the feedback that staff received and the final rezoning plan for the Study Area.
Phone Access: Call 804-316-9457 and when prompted, enter code 604 474 043#
Video Access: Click here
Please contact Brian Mercer at Brian.Mercer@rva.gov or (804) 646-6704 with any questions or comments on this proposal.