Planning Commission

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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 Meeting Schedule

Note: Applications and all supporting materials must be received eight (8) weeks 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 February Meeting 

Z-20-10 (Downtown) – Robert C. Barclay IV, of Cooper, Spong & Davis, P.C., requests to rezone approximately 5.38 acres at 0 Effingham Street from Downtown D1 T5 sub-district to General Mixed-Use (GMU) in order to develop a self-service storage facility. The applicant is concurrently requesting a Use Permit for the self-service storage facility use (UP-20-11). The Future Land Use Map of the Build One Portsmouth Comprehensive Plan designates the property as Mixed-Use Employment. The property is owned by the Portsmouth Redevelopment and Housing Authority (PRHA) and is further described as Tax Map 29 Parcel 9. 

UP-20-11 (Downtown) – Robert C. Barclay IV, of Cooper, Spong & Davis, P.C., requests a Use Permit for a three-story 103,350 square-foot climate-controlled self-service storage facility with 793 units at 0 Effingham Street. The property is currently zoned Downtown (D1) in the T5 sub-district. The applicant is concurrently requesting a Rezoning of the property to the General Mixed-Use (GMU) zoning district (Z-20-10). The Future Land Use Map of the Build One Portsmouth Comprehensive Plan designates the property as Mixed-Use Employment. The property is owned by the Portsmouth Redevelopment and Housing Authority (PRHA) and is further described as Tax Map 29 Parcel 9. 

Z-20-11 (Westhaven) – Bruce Watts, with Woda Cooper Development, Inc., requests the rezoning of 3820 King Street and 3810 Louisa Avenue from Conditional High Density Urban Residential, URH-K to High Density Urban Residential, URH for a four-story 52-unit multi-family apartment building. The property consists of 3.184 acres and the proposed density is 16 dwelling units per acre. The property is owned by WD Realty, LLC and is identified as Tax Map 304, Parcel 9 and Tax Map 356, Parcel 43. The Future Land Use Map of the Build One Portsmouth Comprehensive Plan designates this property for commercial development

UP-20-12 (Westhaven) - Bruce Watts, with Woda Cooper Development, Inc., requests a Use Permit for a four-story 52-unit multi-family apartment building at 3820 King Street and 3810 Louisa Avenue. The property consists of 3.184 acres and the proposed density is 16 dwelling units per acre. The property is zoned Conditional High Density Urban Residential, URH-K. The property is owned by WD Realty, LLC and is identified as Tax Map 304, Parcel 9 and Tax Map 356, Parcel 43. The Future Land Use Map of the Build One Portsmouth Comprehensive Plan designates this property for commercial development


  •  Albert Williams, Chairman
  •  Peter Youngblood
  •  Occasio Gee
  •  Sherri Thaxton 
  •  Donna Coleman
  •  Primas Paige

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Planning Commission Meeting and Application Deadline Calendar

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