Urban development; every county to amend its comprehensive plan to incorporate proposed areas. (HB5094)

Introduced By

Del. Clay Athey (R-Front Royal) with support from 10 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Dave Albo (R-Springfield), Del. Mark Cole (R-Fredericksburg), Del. Tom Gear (R-Hampton), Del. Phil Hamilton (R-Newport News), Del. Bill Howell (R-Fredericksburg), Del. Scott Lingamfelter (R-Woodbridge), Del. Bob Marshall (R-Manassas), Del. Beverly Sherwood (R-Winchester), Del. Leo Wardrup (R-Virginia Beach), Sen. John Cosgrove (R-Chesapeake)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Comprehensive plan; urban development areas. Requires every county to amend its comprehensive plan to incorporate one or more proposed urban development areas. An urban development area is an area designated by a county that is predominantly undeveloped and that is adjacent to a city, town or other developed area. The comprehensive plan shall designate one or more urban development areas sufficient to meet projected residential growth in the county for the ensuing 10-year period. The comprehensive plan shall call for commercial and residential densities within urban development areas that are appropriate for reasonably compact development, including residential densities of three units per acre or greater. All development within an urban development area shall immediately become eligible for inclusion within any adjacent urban transportation service district and maintenance of public roads within the urban development area shall become the responsibility of the county. Comprehensive plans shall also be amended to incorporate the opportunity for development based on the principles of new urbanism within urban development areas. For purposes of this section, such principles shall include development that promotes (i) walkability and pedestrian friendly road design, (ii) connectivity of road and pedestrian networks, (iii) mixed-use, including mixed housing types, and (iv) increased density in order to make more efficient use of services and infrastructure and to help reduce sprawl. Counties shall have until July 1, 2009, to amend their comprehensive plans in accordance with the provisions of this act. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


09/21/2006Presented and ordered printed 063407220
09/21/2006Referred to Committee on Counties, Cities and Towns
09/28/2006Left in Counties, Cities and Towns
10/30/2006Assigned CC & T sub: Ad Hoc - HB5093 and HB5094