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Public hearings will be held on the following proposed ordinance by the Planning Commission of Washington County, Virginia, on Monday, May 24, 2021, 7:00 p.m. or as soon thereafter as may be heard and by the Board of Supervisors of Washington County, Virginia, on Tuesday, May 25, 2021, 6:30 p.m. or as soon thereafter as may be heard.  Both public hearings will be held in the Board of Supervisors Auditorium at the County Administration Offices located at 1 Government Center Place; Abingdon, Virginia. 

An Ordinance to Amend Sections 66-1 and 66-473 of the Code of the County of Washington, Virginia, to add Animal-Assisted Therapy as a Special Exception Use in the Business-General (B2) Zoning District

Adoption of the ordinance would allow Animal-Assisted Therapy to be permitted by special exception permit in the B2 zoning district and would require specified information to be included in the application for such permit.  The full text of the proposed ordinance may be found on the County website ( and at the County Administrative Division Offices at 1 Government Center Place; Abingdon, Virginia. Individuals requiring physical or sensory accommodations or additional information, please call the Administrative Supervisor, Office of the County Administrator, (276) 525-1300, or call 1-800-828-1120 for TTY/TDD relay services.  In addition to the public hearing, citizens may submit comments by U.S. mail to the Abingdon address shown above, by email to, by voicemail at 276-525-1300, or by placing written comments in the drop-box outside the second-floor entry to the Government Center Building.  All comments received before 6 p.m. the day of the meeting will be presented to the Board during the meeting.  A link for live-stream video of the meeting will be posted at the time of the meeting on the County website “Public Meetings” page.