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Jan. 31, 2014






Paul D. Holt, III, AICP, CNU-A, Director of Planning
757-253-6685; Email


JCC citizen input needed on accessory apartments


James City County’s Planning Division is seeking citizen input on how the Zoning Ordinance regulations governing accessory apartments should be amended.


Currently, accessory apartments are allowed by-right on property that is zoned A-1, R-2, R-3, R-4, R-8, MU and PUD and there are specially permitted uses on land that is zoned R-1 and R-6.


James City County is considering amending the zoning ordinance to modify the regulations governing accessory apartments. Currently accessory apartments must be a separate, complete housekeeping unit that is substantially contained within the structure of, and clearly secondary to, a single-family dwelling. Accessory apartments may not occupy more than 35 percent of the floor area of the dwelling. The Planning Commission has requested that staff consider and suggest revisions to the Zoning Ordinance pertaining to the definition of and provisions and procedures relating to accessory apartments. Staff will also review the Zoning Ordinance districts section to add accessory apartments as a use permitted as a matter of right or upon issuance of a special use permit.


There are two opportunities for citizens to participate:


  • Fill out a brief online questionnaire by Feb. 14, 2014.
  • Send written comments to the James City County Planning Division, 101-A Mounts Bay Rd., Williamsburg, VA. 23185


For more information, call 757-253-6882.


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