Strong Communities

The work of protecting natural resources and the work of building better communities are integral to each other.


Subdivision Ordinance Changes Being Considered

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On June 7th the Orange County Planning Commission voted unanimously to retain the time-phased component of the subdivision ordinance until an alternative is in place. We will keep you informed as this issue progresses. Board of Supervisors Considers Eliminating much ...
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Tools to Preserve Rural Land

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Many tools are available to preserve rural land, from private land conservation to Purchase of Development Rights programs, land use taxation, zoning provisions and more. Comprehensive PlansConservation EasementsPurchase of Development Rights ProgramsTransfer of Development Rights ProgramsAgricultural and Forestal DistrictsLand Use ...
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Planning and Zoning Terms

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Definitions and descriptions of important terms and concepts. Agricultural and Forestal Districts By Right Uses, Special Use Permits, and Rezonings Clustering Comprehensive Plans Conservation Easements Growth Areas Land Use Taxation Large Lot Zoning Phasing Proffers Purchase of Development Rights Programs ...
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Crozet House under construction

Controlling the Costs of Growth

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Uncontrolled growth can cause taxes to skyrocket, but with good planning and the use of proffers and other tools, communities can accommodate growth without a budget crisis. The Effect of Residential Growth on Local TaxesManaging the Costs of GrowthProffersCommunity Development ...
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Leesburg main street

Better Comprehensive Planning

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Every locality in Virginia must express its goals in a Comprehensive Plan, a twenty-year vision which must be reviewed and/or revised every five years. These documents are of foundational importance for communities that wish to shape their own future. Although ...
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