Chapter 18.15


18.15.010    Establishment of zoning districts.

18.15.020    Zoning map.

18.15.030    Scope of regulations.

18.15.040    Rules for interpretation of district boundaries.

18.15.010 Establishment of zoning districts.

For the purpose of promoting the public health, safety, morals, convenience, and the general welfare of the community, the city of Staunton is hereby divided into districts of 17 different classifications, each district being of such number, shape, kind, and area, and such common unity of purpose, and adaptability of use that is deemed most suitable to carry out the purpose of this code.



Agricultural-forestal district


Low density residential district


Low density residential district


Medium density residential district


High density residential district


Manufactured home park district


Manufactured home subdivision district


Professional district


Local business district


General business district


Planned business district


Cultural and recreational planned business district


Historic preservation district


Higher education district


Light industrial district


Heavy industrial district


Planned industrial district

(Zoning ordinance Art. 3, § 1).

18.15.020 Zoning map.

The location and boundaries of the zoning districts established by this code are denoted and defined as shown on the map entitled “Zoning Districts of Staunton, Virginia,” adopted November 1, 1969, and certified by the city clerk. The said map, together with everything shown thereon, is hereby incorporated into this title as is fully set forth and described herein.

The zoning map shall be kept and maintained by the building inspector and shall be available for inspection and examination by the public at all reasonable times as any other public record. (Zoning ordinance Art. 3, § 2).

18.15.030 Scope of regulations.

The regulations applying to each district include specific limitation on the use of land and structure, height and bulk of structures, density of population, lot area, yard dimension, and area of lot that can be covered by structures. (Zoning ordinance Art. 3, § 3).

18.15.040 Rules for interpretation of district boundaries.

Where uncertainty exists with respect to the precise location of any of the aforesaid districts shown on the zoning map, the following rules shall apply:

(1) Boundaries shown as following or approximately following streets, highways, or alleys shall be construed to follow the center lines of such streets, highways or alleys.

(2) Boundaries shown as following or approximately following platted lot lines or other property lines, such lines shall be construed to be said boundary lines.

(3) Boundaries shown as following or approximately following railroad lines shall be construed to lie midway between the main tracks of such railroad lines.

(4) Boundaries shown as following or approximately following the center line of streams, rivers, or other continuously flowing water courses shall be construed as following the channel center line of such water courses and the said boundaries shall be deemed to be at the limit of the jurisdiction of the city unless otherwise indicated.

(5) Boundaries shown as following or closely following the limits of the city of Staunton shall be construed as following such limits.

(6) Where the application of the aforesaid rules leaves a reasonable doubt as to the boundaries between two districts, the regulations of the more restrictive district shall govern the entire parcel in question, unless otherwise determined by the board of zoning appeals.

(7) Whenever any street, alley, or other public easement is vacated, the district classification of the property to which the vacated portions of land accrue shall become the classification of the vacated land. (Ord. 2009-04. Zoning ordinance Art. 3, § 4).