Planning Commission

Out of an abundance of caution due to novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), all City of Portsmouth Planning Department offices are currently physically closed to the public. However, our staff is still working and is here to assist you virtually. The public is encouraged to use the city’s online options for services.

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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 Meeting

Meetings held virtually in the Microsoft Teams application

1:30 PM

1st Tuesday of each month 

2021 Planning Commission Meeting Schedule

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

Upcoming Meeting Information

  • View the meeting at http://www.portsmouthva.gov/planningstream
  • Or listen to the meeting by calling 804-294-1932  Conference ID: 190 225 500#
  • Members of the public may provide comments on specific agenda items by sending an email to [email protected] prior to the hearing date. 
  • Members of the public wishing to speak on items during the meeting must pre-register by email at [email protected] or by calling 757-393-8836 prior to the meeting.

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Agendas & Minutes

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

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Agenda Items for April Meeting 

CBE-21-02 (SWEETBRIAR) - Patricia W. Williams requests a Chesapeake Bay Exception for a rear deck addition at 5215 Sweetbriar Circle. The property is zoned General Residential, GR, and is further described as Tax Map 787, Parcel 26. The Build One Portsmouth Comprehensive Plan recommends low to medium single-family residential development for the property.

UP-21-04 (PRENTIS PLACE) - Robert C. Barclay, IV, Esquire, on behalf of Safe Harbor Behavioral Health, LLC, requests a Use Permit for a residential drug and alcohol treatment facility at 1819 Elm Avenue. The property is zoned Neighborhood Mixed Use, NMU, and is further described as Tax Map 69, Parcel 18. The Build One Portsmouth Comprehensive Plan recommends mixed residential development.

UP-21-05 (GEORGE WASHINGTON HIGHWAY COMMERCIAL CORRIDOR) - Wayne Cummins requests a Use Permit for a Light Manufacturing business consisting of a metal fabrication shop and warehouse at 3409 George Washington Highway. The property is zoned General Mixed Use, GMU, and is further described as Tax Map 385, Parcel 3. The Build One Portsmouth Comprehensive Plan recommends commercial development.

Z-21-01 (Victory Village) - Stephen R. Romine, on behalf of the Economic Development Authority, is requesting to rezone approximately 56.916 acres at 3560 Victory Blvd., 0 Campus Dr., 0 Victory Blvd., 0 Village Way, 111 Campus Dr., 0 Freedom    Ave., 271 Freedom Ave., 175 Freedom Ave., and 3606 Victory Blvd. to an entertainment overlay district within the High Intensity Mixed-Use (MU-H) zoning district. The Future Land Use Map of the Build One Portsmouth Comprehensive Plan designates this property for Mixed-Use Employment. The property is owned by the Economic Development Authority and is further described as Tax Map 524, Parcel 1.2; Parcel 1.9; Parcel 2.1; Parcel 2.2; Parcel 2.3; Parcel 2.4; Parcel 2.5; Parcel 2.6; Parcel 2.7; Parcel 2.8; Parcel 3; Parcel 3.4; and Parcel 3.5.

UP-21-06 (Victory Village) - Stephen R. Romine, on behalf of the Economic Development Authority, is requesting a Use Permit for a casino gaming establishment on the approximately 38.74-acre property at 3560 Victory Blvd., 0 Campus Dr., 0 Victory Blvd., 0 Village Way., 111 Campus Dr., and 3606 Victory Blvd. in the High Intensity Mixed-Use (MU-H) zoning district. The Future Land Use Map of the Build One Portsmouth Comprehensive Plan designates this property for Mixed-Use Employment. The property is owned by the Economic Development Authority and is further described as Tax Map 524, Parcel 1.2; Parcel 1.9; Parcel 2.1; Parcel 2.2; Parcel 2.3; Parcel 2.4; Parcel 2.5; Parcel 3; Parcel 3.4; and Parcel 3.5.

UP-21-07 (Victory Village) - Stephen R. Romine, on behalf of the Economic Development Authority, is requesting a Use Permit for a full service hotel on the approximately 38.74-acre property at 3560 Victory Blvd, 0 Campus Dr., 0 Victory Blvd., 0 Village Way., 111 Campus Dr., and 3606 Victory Blvd. in the High Intensity Mixed-Use (MU-H) zoning district. The Future Land Use Map of the Build One Portsmouth Comprehensive Plan designates this property for Mixed-Use Employment. The property is owned by the Economic Development Authority and is further described as Tax Map 524, Parcel 1.2; Parcel 1.9; Parcel 2.1; Parcel 2.2; Parcel 2.3; Parcel 2.4; Parcel 2.5; Parcel 3; Parcel 3.4; and Parcel 3.5.

UP-21-08 (Paradise Creek Industrial Corridor) - Stephen E. Heretick, on behalf of PER Properties, is requesting to amend the Use Permit conditions for UP-15-05 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 60 day deferral of this application.

Planning Commission Members

  •  Albert Williams, Chairman
  •  Peter Youngblood
  •  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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Planning Commission April 2021 calendar
May 2021 PC calendar
June 2021 PC calendar