Special Projects

Zoning Ordinance Update

At the request of City Council, the Planning Department is updating the Zoning Ordinance. The ordinance is updated on a regular basis to keep it current and effective for our citizens and businesses.

Linked below is a presentation with an overview of the process of re-writing the City’s Zoning Ordinance and outlining the major changes that were made in the update.

Zoning Ordinance Update - Presentation

land use policy analysis

Portsmouth Poverty Study

The Planning Department concluded research on the causes and effects of poverty on Portsmouth citizens. The research included extensive public outreach and interviews, reviews of recent case studies, and analysis of sociological and demographic data. The findings will be used to inform the goals and strategies of a future Poverty Task Force.

You can download the poverty study by clicking this link. Portsmouth Poverty Study

Ordinance Section Updates

These sections of the Zoning Ordinance were updated in their entirety. You can find the relevant documents below.

Mini-Self Storage Update

Sign Regulations Update

Parking Ordinance Update

zoning ordinance

Ordinance Patches

These are small updates to address specific sections of the Code in advance of a full review of the Ordinance. Below you can find the related supporting documents.

Residential Lot Size Patch

D-2 District

The purpose of the D-2 Uptown Land Use Study is to analyze the existing makeup of the district’s land uses, development patterns, transportation networks, market forces, and the community factors that influence the district and provide recommendations for updated zoning regulations/other development considerations to catalyze reinvestment.

D-2 District Land Use Study

D-2 Uptown District Ordinance Patch

d2 land use study

Crawford Corridor Revitalization

The purpose of this project is to provide a revitalization study for the Crawford Corridor from Bart Street to Effingham Street, a distance of approximately one mile. The study area is bounded on the west by Court Street and on the east by the Elizabeth River. The study includes a conceptual roadway extension of County Street from Crawford Street to Water Street. The study also includes conceptual designs and recommendations for Middle Street, County Street, King Street, and parts of Water Street.

You can access the final report here.

Crawford Corridor