Northern Virginia: Virginia’s Warren County considers adding data centers to zoning laws

Jun 17, 2022 | Posted by MadalineDunn

Virginia's Warren County officials have announced that they are considering a proposal to amend zoning laws which could lead to a new wave of data center development in the County, in the northwest of the state and west of Loudoun and Fauquier Counties. 

As per the proposal, an amendment would be made to Chapter 180 of the Warren County Coding Zoning Ordinance to add Light Industrial (LI) Zoning District; the definition of "Data center;" "Data center" as a use allowed by right in the existing Industrial and Light Industrial Zoning District; and supplemental regulations for data centers.

The story was first broken by Northern Virginia Daily, which was told by Fort Royal officials that so far, there aren't any data center proposals underway. However, according to The Royal Examiner – the former Avtex site off Kendrick Lane, and an area adjacent to Shenandoah Shores Road and Progress Drive could potentially be targeted for rezoning to allow for data center projects.