Counties throughout the valley oppose legislation
before the 2013 General Assembly that would eliminate local zoning
control over farm and rural land uses.
The Shenandoah Valley’s
local governments are rallying against legislation from Del. Scott
Lingamfelter (R-Woodbridge), HB 1430, to eliminate local zoning control
over agriculture and rural land uses. The bill also gives aggrieved
landowners the right to sue local governments and individual staff
members for damages for upholding local zoning governing retail sales on
“The bill would amend Virginia’s Right to Farm Act in a
way that is a clear legislative overreach,” said SVN Executive Director
Kate G. Wofford. “Del. Lingamfelter has addressed a zoning dispute in
Northern Virginia’s Fauquier County by trying to dictate farm land uses
to the top agricultural counties in state,” she added.
encourages landowners to work with county residents and officials to
change local zoning, not rush to the state legislature or to lawsuits
when disagreements arise.
Supervisors in Shenandoah County opposed the bill and sent their resolution
to state delegates and Del. Lingamfelter.What you can do:
Contact your Board of Supervisor member to thank them for their resolution on this issue.
Email our legislators, Del. Gilbert and Sen. Obenshain, and ask them to leave local
zoning decisions in the hands of Shenandoah County’s elected