Changes Slated For Lynchburg's Zoning Ordinance

Lynchburg, VA - Who can build what, where in Lynchburg was the big topic of discussion Tuesday at a community meeting, to discuss changes to the city's zoning ordinance. The last time the city updated its zoning regulations was 1978. Since, a lot has changed. The City Planner said the code is no longer conducive to the economic environment the city is looking to support. He said it's also wordy and difficult to understand. Officials said a lot of projects to build a new business in the city require some sort of re-zoning that, officials said, is what they're looking to solve. "What I would hope to see at the end of the day when this is adopted is. One that helps the city achieve the goals, objectives, and more importantly the vision of the city for the next 20 years" said Tom Martin, Lynchburg's City Planner. Another public workshop will be held Wednesday, May 21st from 10 a.m. - 11:30 p.m. in the Main Library at 2315 Memorial Avenue. Following that workshop, the proposed changes will be vetted by the city planning commission and from there they'll eventually require approval from council.