Zoning; wireless communications infrastructure. (HB554)

Introduced By

Del. Schuyler VanValkenburg (D-Henrico)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Zoning for wireless communications infrastructure. Authorizes a locality to disapprove an application submitted for an administrative review-eligible project or for any zoning approval required for a standard process project that proposes to locate a new structure, or to co-locate a wireless facility, in an area where all cable and public utility facilities are required to be placed underground by a date certain or encouraged to be undergrounded as part of a transportation improvement project or rezoning proceeding as set forth in objectives contained in a comprehensive plan, on grounds that an applicant has not given written notice to adjacent landowners at least 15 days before it applies to locate a new structure in the area. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/06/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20102447D
01/06/2020Referred to Committee on Communications, Technology and Innovation
01/10/2020Impact statement from DHCD (HB554)
01/18/2020Impact statement from DHCD (HB554)
01/20/2020Referred from Communications, Technology and Innovation
01/20/2020Referred to Committee on Counties, Cities and Towns
01/21/2020Assigned CC & T sub: Land Use
01/30/2020House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
01/31/2020House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
01/31/2020Committee substitute printed 20107159D-H1
01/31/2020Reported from Counties, Cities and Towns with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2020Read first time
02/05/2020Read second time
02/05/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20107159D-H1
02/05/2020Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB554H1
02/06/2020Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
02/06/2020VOTE: Block Vote Passage (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2020Constitutional reading dispensed
02/07/2020Referred to Committee on Local Government
02/17/2020Reported from Local Government (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/18/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2020Passed by for the day
02/20/2020Read third time
02/20/2020Passed by for the day
02/21/2020Read third time
02/21/2020Passed Senate (37-Y 0-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
02/26/2020Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB554ER)
02/27/2020Signed by Speaker
02/27/2020Signed by President
03/05/2020G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 6, 2020
03/05/2020Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 5, 2020
03/05/2020G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., March 12, 2020
03/12/2020G Approved by Governor-Chapter 344 (effective 7/1/20)
03/12/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0344)


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.