This board reviews, discusses and hears public comment and makes formal recommendations to the Board of Supervisors on matters regarding zoning and planning.
- 7 PM (Public Hearings, when required, are scheduled for 7:30 PM)
- 1st Thursday of every month
- Old Courthouse (Historic Court Circle)
6504 Main Street
Gloucester, VA 23061
The commission consists of 7 members who must be residents of the county with 1/2 of the membership property owners in Gloucester. One member of the Board of Supervisors also serves on this commission. The term is 4 years.
|Planning Commission||804-693-1224||Email Planning Commission|
|James Gray, Jr., Chair||County-Wide (Petsworth)||804-693-3199||Email James Gray, Jr.||06/30/2020|
|Kenneth Richardson, Vice Chair||County-Wide (At-Large)||804-693-2297||Email Kenneth Richardson||06/30/2021|
|James C. Harrison||County-Wide (At-Large)||757-876-3214||Email James Harrison||06/30/2021|
|Douglas E. Johnson||County-Wide (York)||804-684-5752||Email Douglas Johnson||06/30/2020|
|Natalie Johnson||County-Wide (Gloucester Point)||Email Natalie Johnson||06/30/2020|
|Chris Poulson||County-Wide (Ware)||757-876-1629||Email Chris Poulson||06/30/2023|
|Louis Serio||County-Wide (Abingdon)||804-693-4711||Email Louis Serio||06/30/2021|
|Chris Hutson||BOS Liaison (non-voting)||804-642-9900||Email Chris Hutson||12/31/2020|
|Anne Ducey-Ortiz, Secretary||Director of Planning & Zoning||804-693-1224||Email Anne Ducey-Ortiz||N/A|
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Zoning Ordinance Update
Staff is working on a comprehensive update of the County’s Zoning Ordinance. This update will incorporate revisions based on changes to the State Code, Board initiatives as outlined in the Strategic Planning effort, recommendations from the Business Development Focus Group, and recommendations identified in the County’s Comprehensive Plan and by staff as part of their daily interactions with the public.
Planning and Zoning staff meet weekly to discuss/review the proposed zoning amendments before taking them to the Planning Commission for input. This is a multi-year project involving public engagement throughout the process. View the Ghant Chart (PDF) Opens a New Window. for progress to date.
View a Presentation to Planning Commission (PDF) Opens a New Window. from July 6, 2017.
- Phase 1 - The first phase focuses on simplifying and clarifying the ordinance to establish a solid foundation for the second phase and future amendments. Goals of this first phase are to:
- Clarify intent/interpretations
- Conform with State Code
- Reformat the district regulations to ensure a user friendly, straightforward, and adaptable structure
- Remove unnecessary requirements/regulations
- Phase 2 - The second phase will focus on implementing the community’s vision as adopted in the Comprehensive Plan. This phase will include addressing several Comprehensive Plan recommendations such as establishment of a Working Waterfront district, and the possible establishment of a Rural Residential district. Other needed revisions to sections such as signage and parking will also be addressed.
Agendas & Minutes
Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.
Contact the Planning Office at 804-693-1224 for more information.
Public Hearing March 7, 2019 Announcement:
Due to a procedural misunderstanding between the Department of Planning and Zoning and the County Attorney’s office,Planning staff believed that the revised McDaniels Rezoning application(Z-18-01) had to be re-reviewed by the Planning Commission prior to going to the Board of Supervisors for their final decision. However, based on correspondence from the County Attorney received March 4, 2018, and after the advertisement, adjoining property notices, and Planning Commission packets had already been sent out, the application will not be re-reviewed by the Planning Commission but will instead go directly to the Board of Supervisors for their final vote. We will now be preparing the materials for the Board’s public hearing on April 2, 2019; their meeting starts at 6:30, with Public Hearings beginning at 7 pm. The meetings are held in the Colonial Courthouse. The Public Hearing will be advertised in the legal notices section in the Gazette Journal.