Loudoun Supervisors Expand Zoning for Craft Breweries

The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors unanimously adopted a resolution of intent to amend the 1993 Zoning Ordinance that permits craft beverage businesses in many districts at its meeting Tuesday, Feb. 2.

The change is the next step in a process begun in January of last year. At that time, the board approved a zoning change allowing limited, agriculture-based breweries in agricultural districts. However, it did not provide a broader use in zoning ordinances for craft breweries and distilleries elsewhere in the county.

In September 2015, the board directed county staff to begin work on a zoning ordinance amendment to include craft beverages in other parts of the county. The amendment allows craft breweries and distilleries in non-residential zoning districts in the Suburban Policy Area and corridors along Rt. 28 as a permitted use.

The zoning ordinance text amendment will now go to the Planning Commission, which is expected to consider the amendment in March.

This article was corrected on Feb. 8 to reflect the fact that the board passed a resolution of intent to amend.

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