New Fairfax County Zoning Ordinance zMOD Supports Distribution Centers

March 29, 2021

Through the recent adoption of a new zoning ordinance (zMOD), Fairfax County has taken steps to establish distribution centers closer to consumers.

The ordinance includes a new use category for “goods distribution hub,” which, among other things, allows repurposing of commercial buildings to accommodate distribution centers and revitalize brick-and-mortar destinations. While the ordinance limits the quantity and size of delivery vehicles, it makes available a special exception approval to increase the building size or the number or size of delivery vehicles stored on-site.

McGuireWoods attorneys and planners were intimately involved in the creation of this new use category and are available to discuss strategies and opportunities to maximize distribution center and retail opportunities.

For additional highlights from the county’s first comprehensive zoning update since 1978, see McGuireWoods’ recent alert “Fairfax County, Virginia, Adopts New Zoning Ordinance zMOD.”