Orange County, Virginia

Code of Ordinances



Sec. 54-132. - Self-imposed or private restrictions.

The county does not review or enforce private restrictions or covenants except those mandated by this chapter.

      (Ord. of 3-9-2010)

Sec. 54-133. - Subdivision name.

The proposed name of the subdivision shall not duplicate, or too closely approximate phonetically, the name of any other subdivision or street in the county. The subdivider shall name the subdivision subject to the subdivision agent's approval.

     (Ord. of 3-9-2010)


Sec. 54-134. - Plats straddling jurisdictional boundaries.

Whenever access to the subdivision is required across land in another jurisdiction, the subdivider shall demonstrate to the county that access is legally established, and is adequately improved, or that a guarantee has been duly executed and is sufficient to assure construction of the access road. In general, lot lines should be laid out so as not to cross jurisdictional boundary lines.

            (Ord. of 3-9-2010)

Sec. 54-135. - Monuments.

Monuments shall be consistent with the standards of the state board of architects, professional engineers, land surveyors and certified landscape architects.

            (Ord. of 3-9-2010)

Sec. 54-136. - Waterbodies and watercourses.

If a tract being subdivided contains a water body, or portion thereof, lot lines shall be drawn to distribute the entire ownership of the water body among the adjacent lots. The subdivision agent may approve an alternative plan for the ownership of and responsibility for safe maintenance of the water body. No more than 25 percent of the minimum area of a lot required under the zoning ordinance may be under water. Where a watercourse separates the buildable area of a lot from the street by which it has access, provisions shall be made for installation of a culvert or other structure of a design approved by the subdivision agent.

            (Ord. of 3-9-2010)

Sec. 54-137. - Nonresidential subdivisions.

Any lots or blocks intended for nonresidential use shall be designed specifically for that purpose with adequate space for off-street parking, off-street loading, and delivery facilities in accordance with division 5 of chapter 70 of the Code of Ordinances. A final plat for industrial or business subdivisions may be submitted simultaneously with the site plan for review and approval and any required construction plans may be submitted with the site plan.

            (Ord. of 3-9-2010)


Sec. 54-138. - Arrangement.

The lot arrangement shall be such that there will be no foreseeable difficulties, for reasons of topography or other conditions, in securing building permits to build on all lots in compliance with the zoning ordinance and VDH regulations and in providing driveway access to buildings on the lots from an approved street.

      (Ord. of 3-9-2010)


Sec. 54-139. - Size.

Lot sizes shall conform to the minimum standards contained in the zoning ordinance. The lot area may be greater than the minimum specified in the zoning ordinance.

   (Ord. of 3-9-2010)


Sec. 54-140. - Shape.

The shape of lots shall provide sites for buildings in conformity with the zoning ordinance, VDH regulations and the building code. Lots shall not contain peculiarly shaped elongations solely to provide necessary square footage of area or street frontage. The depth of a lot intended for residential use shall not exceed five times its width. Depth and width of properties zoned for business, commercial, or industrial purposes shall be adequate to provide for the off-street parking and loading facilities required for the type of use and development contemplated, as established in the zoning ordinance.

            (Ord. of 3-9-2010)

Sec. 54-141. - Orientation.

All lots shall be oriented to face the front lot line. However, when a lot borders a body of water, the front lot line may be along the water, but in no case shall setbacks from the street right-of-way be less than the required front yard setback for the proposed principal or accessory structure. Wherever feasible, lots shall be arranged so that the rear line does not abut the side line of an adjacent lot.

            (Ord. of 3-9-2010)


Sec. 54-142. - Lot frontage.

Every lot shall have the minimum road frontage required by its respective zoning district.

            (Ord. of 3-9-2010)

Sec. 54-143. - Corner lots.

Corner lots shall have extra width for maintenance of any required setback line on both streets as set forth in the zoning ordinance. Minimum building restriction lines (i.e., setbacks) for corner lots shall be according to article 2 of the zoning ordinance.

            (Ord. of 3-9-2010)

Sec. 54-144. - Side lot lines.

Side lot lines shall be approximately at right angles or approximately radial to the street line, except at cul-de-sac terminal points.

            (Ord. of 3-9-2010)

Sec. 54-145. - Residue tracts.

Residue tracts are considered lots and shall meet lot requirements as outlined in chapter 70 (including minimum lot size, minimum road frontage and VDOT/VDH approval). Residue tracts that are below minimum lot size must be added to adjacent lots, or otherwise disposed of, rather than allowed to remain as unusable parcels. The residue of a lot must be one contiguous tract (unless bisected by an existing road right-of-way). Any residue less than six acres in size must be surveyed and shown in its entirety on the plat. Any residue six acres or greater in size is exempt from the requirements of this section.

            (Ord. of 3-9-2010)

Sec. 54-146. - Double frontage.

Double frontage lots shall be avoided except where essential to provide separation of residential development from arterial highways or to overcome specific disadvantages of topography and orientation. A planting screen easement of at least 50 feet, or as prescribed in the zoning ordinance, and across which there shall be no right of access, shall be provided along the line of lots abutting such a traffic artery.

            (Ord. of 3-9-2010)

Sec. 54-147. - Access from state primary or secondary highways.

Lots within a subdivision consisting of 8 or more lots served by an internal subdivision street or streets shall have entrances onto the subdivision street(s) and shall not have entrances onto a state primary or secondary highway.

            (Ord. of 3-9-2010; Ord. of 12-02-2014)

Secs. 54-148—54-149. - Reserved.


Sec. 54-150. - Block length.

Blocks shall not be greater than 1,200 feet nor less than 500 feet in length. However, the subdivision agent may waive this provision when, in the agent's judgment, extreme topographic conditions would cause undue hardship if the subdivider complied with this provision.

            (Ord. of 3-9-2010)

Sec. 54-151. - Block width.

Blocks shall be wide enough to provide two tiers of lots of minimum depth, except where abutting upon major streets, limited access highways, or railroads; or topographical or other situations make this requirement impractical, in which case the subdivision agent may approve a single tier of lots of minimum depth.

            (Ord. of 3-9-2010)

Sec. 54-152. - Block orientation.

Where a proposed subdivision adjoins a road classified as a collector or arterial by VDOT, blocks shall be oriented to minimize ingress and egress on such roads in accordance with section 54-160.

            (Ord. of 3-9-2010)

Secs. 54-153—54-160. - Reserved.