Exception Review Committee

The Chesapeake Bay Preservation Ordinance Exception Review Committee is a public hearing body appointed by the Board of Supervisors to review applications to conduct land disturbing activities within the Resource Protection Areas. The committee is comprised of an appointee from each of the nine magisterial districts and two at-large members.

Generally, any land disturbing activity affecting over 2,500 square feet requires an exception. Such disturbances which are part of a rezoning application are reviewed by the Board of Supervisors in the rezoning process. The definition of land disturbance is very broad, including construction of single family homes, septic tanks and drainfields. There are certain waivers applicable to lots or parcels recorded prior to Oct. 1, 1989, or areas subsequently designated as Resource Protection Areas by the Board of Supervisors. However, these waivers require a demonstration that encroachments into the Resource Protection Areas buffers are minimized, and still require an exception be granted by the appropriate body. Certain minor additions to structures built before July 1, 1993, or in Resource Protection Areas created by the Board subsequent to that date, may receive administrative waivers.

For more information, contact the Exception Review Committee at 703-324-1720, TTY 711, or via email.

Hearing Procedures

Committee Members


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