Zoning; solar photovoltaic and energy storage projects. (HB650)

Introduced By

Del. Carrie Coyner (R-Chesterfield)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Zoning; residential and electrical generation projects; period of validity. Provides that the conditions of a special exception or special use permit may include a period of validity; however, in the case of a special exception or special use permit for residential and electrical generation projects, the period of validity shall be no fewer than three years. The bill provides that for so long as a special exception, special use permit, or conditional use permit remains valid, no change or amendment to any local ordinance, map, resolution, rule, regulation, policy, or plan adopted subsequent to the date of approval of the special exception, special use permit, or conditional use permit shall adversely affect the right of the developer or his successor in interest to commence and complete an approved development in accordance with the lawful terms of the special exception, special use permit, or conditional use permit unless the change or amendment is required to comply with state law or there has been a mistake, fraud, or a change in circumstances substantially affecting the public health, safety, or welfare. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/09/2024Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24104727D
01/09/2024Referred to Committee on Counties, Cities and Towns
01/16/2024Assigned CC & T sub: Subcommittee #2
02/01/2024House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
02/01/2024Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (8-Y 0-N)
02/02/2024Committee substitute printed 24106089D-H1
02/02/2024Reported from Counties, Cities and Towns with substitute (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2024Read first time
02/07/2024Read second time
02/07/2024Committee substitute agreed to 24106089D-H1
02/07/2024Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB650H1
02/08/2024Read third time and passed House (86-Y 10-N)
02/08/2024VOTE: Passage (86-Y 10-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2024Constitutional reading dispensed
02/09/2024Referred to Committee on Local Government
02/26/2024Reported from Local Government (14-Y 0-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
02/27/2024Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2024Read third time
02/28/2024Passed Senate (37-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
03/05/2024Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB650ER)
03/05/2024Signed by Speaker
03/07/2024Signed by President
03/11/2024Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 11, 2024
03/11/2024G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 8, 2024
04/02/2024G Approved by Governor-Chapter 301 (effective 7/1/24)
04/02/2024G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0301)

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