Mountain ridges; prohibition on construction, local ordinance. (HB1636)

Introduced By

Del. Ronnie Campbell (R-Raphine) with support from co-patrons Del. Charles Poindexter (R-Glade Hill), Del. Roxann Robinson (R-Chesterfield), and Del. Scott Wyatt (R-Mechanicsville)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Mountain ridges; prohibition on construction; local ordinance. Prohibits the construction of any building more than 50 feet tall at any elevation within 100 feet of the crest of a vulnerable mountain ridge, as defined in the bill. The bill provides an exception for construction that complies with a county or city ordinance adopted to mitigate the effect of such structures on views of the ridge. The bill also authorizes any city or county to opt out of the prohibition on construction by referendum if the petition for such referendum is made prior to January 1, 2022. The bill directs the Department of Conservation and Recreation to produce maps showing vulnerable mountain ridges in Virginia and authorizes the Department to develop a model ridge conservation ordinance. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/16/2020Presented and ordered printed 20105228D
01/16/2020Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
01/17/2020Impact statement from DHCD/CLG (HB1636)
01/20/2020Assigned ACNR sub: Natural Resources
01/31/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting (5-Y 0-N)
01/31/2020Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
02/04/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB1636)
02/05/2020Reported from Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources (14-Y 8-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2020Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/05/2020Assigned App. sub: Commerce Agriculture & Natural Resources
02/07/2020Subcommittee recommends laying on the table (7-Y 0-N)
02/11/2020Left in Appropriations

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