Contact Us

Brian Mercer
Planning and Development Review
900 E. Broad St., Room 511
Richmond, VA  23219

City-Initiated Zoning Changes

The Department of Planning and Development Review is undertaking initiatives to rezone areas of the City to fit adopted plans and make changes to the Zoning Ordinance.

Three Zoning Changes

The City of Richmond Department of Planning and Development Review (PDR) hosted the following meetings and provided draft recommendations for the three proposed, City-wide zoning changes:

Public Meetings Presentation - Draft Recommendations
zoning change graphic

Please contact Brian Mercer at or (804) 646-6704 with any questions or comments on the three zoning changes.

The purpose of these meetings were to educate the public on the requested zoning changes for Parking Requirements and Accessory Dwelling Units, as well as follow-up on the 2020 commitment to revisit the Short-Term Rental regulations within the City in 2022. During these meetings, subject matter experts from the Department of Planning and Development Review shared the requested zoning changes, discussed potential elements that may change in the zoning ordinances, and addressed any questions regarding these potential changes.  These meetings were the first of four rounds of community engagement.

Community Engagement Report – Phase 1

Phase 1 Meeting Materials and Recordings

•    Presentation Slides from August 9th & 10th Public Meetings
•    Recording of the Virtual Meeting on August 10th 
•    Poll Question Results from August 16th Telephone Town Hall
•    Recording of the August 16th Telephone Town Hall: English and Spanish
•    Poll Question Results from the August 17th Telephone Town Hall
•    Recording of the August 17th Telephone Town Hall: English and Spanish
•    Survey Results from a survey that was available to the public August 9th through September 9th 

The focus groups provided a forum for community members from different parts of the city to gather into small groups and discuss their opinions on the three proposed zoning changes.  The focus groups were open to anyone interested in the three zoning changes. PDR Staff promoted these focus groups in Phase 1 of community outreach. In addition, those interested in participating could request to join a focus group on the PDR Three Zoning Changes website.  PDR Staff held two in-person focus group meetings per zoning change.

Focus Groups Report