Planning Commission

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

  • Sherri Thaxton, Chair
  • Donna Coleman. Vice Chairman
  • Rev. Keith Curry
  • Anthony Hinds
  • Miriam Jackson Jiggetts
  • Occasio Gee
  • Shonda Taylor


Application Submission

Electronic/digital submission of applications and other materials is encouraged whenever feasible. Consult the Staff Directory or the specific subject page for staff contact information.

Mailed items can be sent to:

CITY OF PORTSMOUTH
PLANNING DEPARTMENT ATTN: (STAFF MEMBER NAME)
801 CRAWFORD STREET
PORTSMOUTH, VA 23704

Credit card payments can now be accepted over the phone. Please call the Planning Department at 757-393-8836 for more information. Please note that a signed credit card authorization form is required to be submitted before a credit card payment can be processed.

Credit Card Authorization Form (Fillable PDF)

Applicants are encouraged to contact staff via email or phone.

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 2024 Meeting Schedule and Deadlines

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

Agendas & Minutes

View Most Recent Agendas and Minutes

Agenda Items for February 6, 2024 Meeting

Agenda materials will be posted 5-7 days prior to the meeting.

*Deferred from January PC

*UP-23-19 (Westhaven) - Joseph Pulley, with Arnhold Marketing Services, requests a Use Permit to construct a three (3)-unit townhouse development on an approximately 0.22-acre parcel at 4423 King Street in the Urban Residential (UR) zoning district. The Future Land Use Map of the Build One Portsmouth Comprehensive Plan designates this property for low to medium density single-family residential uses. The property is owned by Arnhold Marketing Services and is further described as Tax Map 308, Parcel 75.

*UP-23-21 (Hattonsville) - Leif Berner requests a Use Permit to operate a shipping container/chassis storage yard on an approximately 5.4-acre parcel at 3015 Airline Boulevard in the Light Industrial (IL) zoning district. The Future Land Use Map of the Build One Portsmouth Comprehensive Plan designates this property as a mixed-use corridor. The property is owned by Berner Properties 3015 Airline LLC and is further described as Tax Map 574, Parcel 3. 

CBE-23-01 (Hatton Point Estates) - Ainsley and Michael Hendricks request a Chesapeake Bay Exception to construct a swimming pool and patio within the 100-foot buffer of the Resource Protection Area at 4801 Templar Drive. The property is zoned General Residential, GR, and is further described as Tax Map 740, Parcel 19. The Future Land Use Map of the Build One Portsmouth Comprehensive Plan designates this property for low to medium density single-family residential uses.

UP-23-23 (Downtown) - Tawana Frater, with Gentle Touch Learning Center LLC, requests a Use Permit to operate a child day center on an approximately 0.49-acre parcel located at 309 Columbia Street in the Downtown Urban Center (D1 T5) zoning sub-district. The Future Land Use Map of the Build One Portsmouth Comprehensive Plan designates this property for mixed-use downtown. The property is owned by Printcraft Press Inc. and is further described as Tax Map 7, Parcel 104. 

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 are asked to pre-register by email at [email protected] or by calling 757-393-8836 prior to the meeting.


Past Planning Commission Meeting Videos

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