Zoning; cluster development subject to land use ordinance of locality. (HB1931)

Introduced By

Del. Danny Marshall (R-Danville)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Zoning; clustering.  Requires that the comprehensive plan shall provide for clustering of single-family dwellings. Also, no clustering ordinance shall (i) prohibit extension of groundwater source systems to adjacent subdivisions; (ii) require permanent conservation areas; (iii) require such conservation areas to be excluded from the calculation of density in a cluster subdivision or exclude land in such conservation areas because of prior land disturbing activities; (iv) prohibit roads, parking areas, or stormwater management areas in such conservation areas; (v) require that lots shall directly abut the open space or a developed pathway providing direct access to such open space; (vi) require that dedications of conservation areas be contingent upon the locality approving who will own and maintain the conservation area; or (vii) require minimums for acreage and density, or other such zoning provisions that effectively frustrate the use of cluster zoning. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/11/2011Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/11 11100989D
01/11/2011Referred to Committee on Counties, Cities and Towns
01/17/2011Assigned CC & T sub: #2
02/03/2011Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (11-Y 0-N)
02/04/2011Reported from Counties, Cities and Towns with substitute (20-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2011Committee substitute printed 11104680D-H1
02/06/2011Read first time
02/07/2011Read second time
02/07/2011Committee substitute agreed to 11104680D-H1
02/07/2011Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1931H1
02/08/2011Read third time and passed House (75-Y 24-N)
02/08/2011VOTE: PASSAGE (75-Y 24-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2011Constitutional reading dispensed
02/09/2011Referred to Committee on Local Government
02/15/2011Reported from Local Government (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/17/2011Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/18/2011Read third time
02/18/2011Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/25/2011Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1931ER)
02/25/2011Signed by Speaker
02/25/2011Signed by President
03/25/2011G Approved by Governor-Chapter 549 (effective 7/1/11)
03/25/2011G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0549)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 1 clip in all, totaling 1 minute.

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: SB783.


Virginia Housing Coalition, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

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