Planning Commission Considers Zoning Change for Alexandria Massage Locations

During its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, June 5, at 7 p.m. in City Hall, the Planning Commission will consider a draft text amendment to the City’s Zoning Ordinance regarding therapeutic massage establishments in Alexandria.

The proposed text amendment would add massage therapy to the definition of medical office, thus allowing massage therapy wherever medical offices are currently allowed. The proposed text amendment is in response to and in recognition of the fact that massage therapists are health professionals licensed through the Virginia Board of Nursing and should be regulated in the same manner as other health professionals. The text amendment will also rename the zoning classification of “medical office” to “health profession office” to better reflect the types of activities that occur in this land use.