Town Hall Notes


Zoning Rules Changed to More Easily Allow for Today’s Outdoor Living Trend


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Outdoor kitchens, fire pits, large decks and patios. As these outdoor features become more popular, many homeowners have unknowingly violated zoning rules that limit the size and scope of those spaces.

In response, the Board of Supervisors adopted zoning changes on June 5 that allow these amenities to take up more space in backyards.

The action will especially help homeowners in planned district communities, like Kingstowne and Burke Centre, who typically have smaller yards. Before, it was difficult for owners of these smaller properties to install decks and patios because of the zoning limitations.

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