City Hall Building
801 Crawford Street, 4th floor
Portsmouth, VA 23704
Phone (757) 393-8836
Fax (757) 393-5223
Zoning Ordinance Update
Destination Home Page
Key Issues Report (1,548 kb PDF)
Main and Downtown Zoning Ordinance (PDF)
Uptown D2 District Form Based Code (PDF 25.5 MB)
The City of Portsmouth is currently in the process of developing a major
update to our Zoning Ordinance. One of the primary goals of the Zoning Ordinance
is to implement the Comprehensive Plan’s recommendations as they relate to land
use. The Zoning Ordinance is the principle tool that will enable us to implement
the visions and goals of the Destination 2025 Comprehensive Plan.
The initial phase of this update consisted of an in-depth review of the current
Zoning Ordinance to identify key challenges with the current Code that need to
Based on public input and analysis to date, the following five major themes or
goals have been identified:
- Make the Code more user-friendly;
- Streamline the development review procedures and process;
- Modernize the Zoning districts and uses;
- Focus on development form and quality;
- Encourage compatible redevelopment.
The final phase of updating and rewriting the new Zoning Ordinance is now
beginning. Citizen input is vital to the success of this process. These are
multiple ways for citizens to get involved with this update.
Also, the Planning Department is conducting a Visual Preference Survey as
part of the Zoning Ordinance update. Please take a moment to fill this survey
out. Your responses will assist the City’s Planning Department to understand
your preferences concerning the physical appearance and development character of
the City of Portsmouth.
If you would like to be updated as the new Zoning Ordinance is being
developed please provide your email address below. You may also provide comments
in the Text Box provided. For any additional information or assistance, please
contact the Department of Planning at 393-8836.