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.

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Agenda Items for February Meeting

UP-22-01 (Downtown)  Marlon Milligan, of Reality Property Group 757, requests a Use Permit for an entertainment establishment in a restaurant and sports bar on a 0.087 acre parcel located at 600 Court Street in the Downtown D1-T4 Urban Center zoning sub-district. The Future Land Use Map of the Build One Portsmouth Comprehensive Plan designates this property as Mixed-Use Downtown. The property is owned by Louis Esther Corp. and is identified as Tax Map 13, Parcel 17. 

UP-22-02 (Hodges Manor) – Travis and Toya, LLC, doing business as Notorious Lounge, requests a Use Permit for an entertainment establishment at 6263 Portsmouth Boulevard. The property is zoned Neighborhood Mixed Use (NMU) and is further identified as Tax Map 620, Parcel 2. The Generalized Future Land Use Map of the Build One Portsmouth Comprehensive Plan designates the parcel as part of a mixed use corridor.         

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

Past Planning Commission Meeting Videos

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