Urban development areas; makes designation optional rather than mandatory for all localities. (HB869)

Introduced By

Del. Tom Rust (R-Herndon) with support from 9 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. John A. Cox (R-Ashland), Del. Peter Farrell (R-Henrico), Del. Keith Hodges (R-Urbanna), Del. Sal Iaquinto (R-Virginia Beach), Del. Barry Knight (R-Virginia Beach), Del. Bob Marshall (R-Manassas), Del. Rick Morris (R-Carrollton), Del. Chris Peace (R-Mechanicsville), Del. Nick Rush (R-Christiansburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Urban development areas.  Makes designation of urban development areas optional for all localities. Currently urban development areas are mandatory for many higher growth localities. Amends § 15.2-2223.1, of the Code of Virginia. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


  • 01/11/2012 Committee
  • 01/11/2012 Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/12 12101375D
  • 01/11/2012 Referred to Committee on Counties, Cities and Towns
  • 01/17/2012 Assigned CC & T sub: #2
  • 02/02/2012 Subcommittee recommends reporting (11-Y 0-N)
  • 02/03/2012 Reported from Counties, Cities and Towns (20-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
  • 02/06/2012 Read first time
  • 02/07/2012 Read second time and engrossed
  • 02/08/2012 Read third time and passed House (74-Y 24-N)
  • 02/08/2012 VOTE: PASSAGE (74-Y 24-N) (see vote tally)
  • 02/09/2012 Constitutional reading dispensed
  • 02/09/2012 Referred to Committee on Local Government
  • 02/28/2012 Reported from Local Government (9-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
  • 03/01/2012 Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
  • 03/02/2012 Read third time
  • 03/02/2012 Passed Senate (27-Y 11-N) (see vote tally)
  • 03/02/2012 Reconsideration of Senate passage agreed to by Senate (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
  • 03/02/2012 Passed Senate (24-Y 15-N) (see vote tally)
  • 03/08/2012 Enrolled
  • 03/08/2012 Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB869ER)
  • 03/08/2012 Signed by Speaker
  • 03/09/2012 Signed by President
  • 04/04/2012 G Approved by Governor-Chapter 518 (effective 7/1/12)
  • 04/04/2012 G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0518)


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 2 minutes.