Planning Commission

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Planning Commission Meeting

1:30 PM

1st Tuesday of each month 

Meetings are held in the City Council Chamber on the 6th Floor of the Portsmouth City Hall Building at 801 Crawford Street, Portsmouth, Virginia.

UPDATED 2021 Planning Commission Meeting Schedule

Note: Applications and all supporting materials must be received eight (8) weeks prior to the meeting.

Planning Commission Meeting Videos on YouTube

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.

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Agenda Items for June Meeting

S-21-01 (BELMONT AVE) - W. Leighton Lord III of Nexsen Pruet, LLC, on behalf of BKT Enterprises, L.P. request the closure of a portion of Belmont Avenue in order to conduct redevelopment of their adjacent property occupied by Southeastern Freight Lines trucking company. The Future Land Use Map of the Build One Portsmouth Comprehensive Plan designates the property for Transportation. The property is right-of-way owned by the City of Portsmouth. The applicant has requested a deferral of this item until the next Planning Commission Meeting.

UP-21-08 (PARADISE CREEK INDUSTRIAL CORRIDOR) – Stephen E. Heretick, on behalf of PER Properties, Inc., is requesting to amend the Use Permit conditions for UP-15-05 (amended and superseded by UP-19-12) at 3999 Veneer Rd. (formerly 3991 Elm Ave.) in the Industrial (IN) zoning district to allow the operation of two (2) self-contained enclosed cement mixers. The Future Land Use Map of the Build One Portsmouth Comprehensive Plan designates this property as Heavy Industrial. The property is owned by PER Properties, Inc. and is identified as Tax Map 387, Parcel 10.  The applicant has requested a deferral of this item for 90 days.

CA-21-02 (Citywide) – By request of City Council, the City of Portsmouth is proposing to amend City Code Ch. 40.2 Zoning Ordinance Sec. 40.2-533(G) and Sec. 40.2-532(G) to reduce the requirement for two readings before City Council for the approval of Zoning Text, Zoning Map, Conditional Zoning Amendment applications and Use Permit applications to one City Council reading.  

Mission Statement

The Commission’s primary responsibility is to make recommendations to the City Council on matters related to comprehensive and current planning and land use development

Planning Commission Members

  •  Albert Williams, Chair
  •  Peter Youngblood, Vice Chair
  •  Occasio Gee
  •  Sherri Thaxton 
  •  Donna Coleman
  •  Primas Paige
  •  Danielle Barnes

Past Planning Commission Meeting Videos

Video recordings of Planning Commission meetings can be viewed on YouTube here.

Planning Commission Meeting and Application Deadline Calendar

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May 2021 PC calendar
June 2021 PC calendar