Local Farm Zoning at Risk
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 farms.

“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.

SVN 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 supervisors.