Zoning; cluster development subject to land use ordinance of locality. (SB783)

Introduced By

Sen. John Watkins (R-Midlothian)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Zoning; clustering.  Requires that the comprehensive plan shall provide for clustering of single-family dwellings. Also, no clustering ordinance shall (i) prohibit extension of groundwater source systems to adjacent subdivisions; (ii) require permanent conservation areas; (iii) require such conservation areas to be excluded from the calculation of density in a cluster subdivision or exclude land in such conservation areas because of prior land disturbing activities; (iv) prohibit roads, parking areas, or stormwater management areas in such conservation areas; (v) require that lots shall directly abut the open space or a developed pathway providing direct access to such open space; (vi) require that dedications of conservation areas be contingent upon the locality approving who will own and maintain the conservation area; or (vii) require minimums for acreage and density, or other such zoning provisions that effectively frustrate the use of cluster zoning. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


12/28/2010Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/11 11102986D
12/28/2010Referred to Committee on Local Government
01/25/2011Reported from Local Government with substitute (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/25/2011Committee substitute printed 11104616D-S1
01/27/2011Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/28/2011Passed by for the day
01/31/2011Read second time
01/31/2011Reading of substitute waived
01/31/2011Committee substitute agreed to 11104616D-S1
01/31/2011Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB783S1
02/01/2011Read third time and passed Senate (38-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2011Placed on Calendar
02/07/2011Read first time
02/07/2011Referred to Committee on Counties, Cities and Towns
02/08/2011Assigned CC & T sub: #2
02/11/2011Reported from Counties, Cities and Towns with amendment (21-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2011Read second time
02/15/2011Read third time
02/15/2011Committee amendment agreed to
02/15/2011Engrossed by House as amended
02/15/2011Passed House with amendment (70-Y 28-N)
02/15/2011VOTE: PASSAGE (70-Y 28-N) (see vote tally)
02/17/2011House amendment agreed to by Senate (37-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2011Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB783ER)
02/23/2011Signed by President
02/23/2011Signed by Speaker
03/25/2011G Approved by Governor-Chapter 519 (effective 7/1/11)
03/25/2011G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0519)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 2 clips in all, totaling 3 minutes.

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: HB1931.