Planning Commission

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Staff Directory

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.

Planning Commission 2022 Meeting Schedule and Deadlines

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

Agendas & Minutes

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

 View Most Recent Agendas and Minutes

Agenda Items for October Meeting

CBE-22-07 (Glensheallah) – Patricia Hartline requests a Chesapeake Bay Exception for a gravel parking area within the Resource Protection Area’s 100-foot buffer at 200 East Road. The property is zoned Urban Residential, UR, and is further described as Tax Map 367, Parcel 21. The Build One Portsmouth Comprehensive Plan’s Future Land Use Map recommends low to medium density single-family residential development for the property. 

UP-22-13 (Parkway Plaza) – Vermonica Smith requests a Use Permit for an event space/banquet hall in Suite 3981 within the Parkway Plaza Shopping Center located at 3985 Twin Pines Road in the General Mixed-Use (GMU) zoning district. The Future Land Use Map of the Build One Portsmouth Comprehensive Plan designates this property as Multi-Family Residential. The property is owned by Parkway Holding LLC and is identified as Tax Map 846, Parcel 2.1.

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
  •  Sherri Thaxton, Vice Chair
  •  Donna Coleman
  •  Primas Paige
  •  Danielle Barnes
  •  Rev. Keith Curry
  • Anthony Hinds

Past Planning Commission Meeting Videos

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