Zoning Information

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Purpose of Zoning Regulations

Zoning is the process of classifying land in a locality into districts and establishing in each district regulations concerning building and structure location and design and the uses to which land, buildings and structures may be put. The purpose of zoning is to promote the health, safety, morals, and general welfare of the community, to protect and conserve the value of buildings, and encourage the most appropriate use of the land. 

A locality’s zoning ordinance is a written regulation and law that defines how property in specific geographic zones can be used. Zoning ordinances specify whether zones can be used for residential or commercial purposes, and may also regulate lot size, placement, bulk (or density) and the height of structures. Zoning ordinances describe not only the acceptable use for specified areas of land but also the procedures for handling violations (including any penalties), granting variances and hearing appeals.

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Zoning Districts

Below is a list of Zoning Districts. For specific regulations pertaining to each district and the full text of the Zoning Ordinance view the Zoning Ordinance on the City Code website

The Zoning Districts map provides information on the location information of each zoning district. This link can also be used to find out what your property's zoning designation is. 


Map of Zoning Districts

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Other Zoning Regulations

The Zoning Ordinance also regulates:


Zoning Verification Letter

PDF[76KB] Zoning Verification Letter Application

A zoning verification letter is a document provided by the City to verify the current zoning of a piece of property. The letter can also confirm:  whether the existing use is conforming to the Zoning Ordinance, the types of uses allowed in the specific zoning district, whether the property has received variances, if the property is within a special or overlay district, if the property was developed with an approved site plan, if the property is in compliance with minimum parking requirements, and many other details. Depending upon the amount of the information requested, there could be a fee of $50.00.

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Questions about Zoning? Contact the Department of Planning and Community Development's Division of Planning and Zoning at 540-432-7700.

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