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County Zoning

Zoning Ordinance Revision Approved

After nearly seven years of hard work by Rockingham County planning staff, the Planning Commission, supervisors and many residents, the updated zoning ordinances address all aspects of the county’s land use rules.

Zoning Ordinance Revision

The new zoning will guide how the County grows in rural areas, villages and towns. While protecting prime farm land in agricultural zones, the updated ordinance provides new mix-used districts and details for growth areas, like sidewalks and bike lanes, landscaping and lighting. It also updates how commercial land uses are review and permitted.

Overall, the updated zoning makes a closer connection between the community’s vision and goals outlined in the Rockingham comprehensive plan and land use rules for new development. CAP participated throughout the revision process, with an eye on how the zoning changes will preserve Rockingham County’s rural lands, distinctive towns, traditional rural economic sectors and high quality of life.


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