The Planning Commission (PC) reviews, discusses, hears public comments, and makes formal recommendations to the Board of Supervisors (BOS) on various matters regarding planning and zoning. The Planning Division of the Department of Planning, Zoning, and Environmental Programs serves as staff to the PC. The Planning Commission carries out the following duties:
Review of other items, such as code amendments (to the Subdivision and Zoning Ordinances), the Comprehensive Plan, and sub-area plans, which are prepared by Planning and Zoning staff, and recommends approval or denial on these items to the Board who makes the final decision.
Review of Preliminary Subdivision Plats for consistency with the Subdivision Ordinance’s requirements.
In accordance with state code, the Commission is responsible for preparation of the County’s Capital Improvements Plan annually, which is adopted by the Board of Supervisors as part of adoption of the County’s annual budget.
Interested in walking and biking around Gloucester? View the final Urban Development Areas Multimodal Transportation Study. The County’s Transportation Planning Advisory Committee (TPAC) will be using the findings of the study to further prioritize routes that serve schools, residential areas, and link all our key destinations together and to other trails in the region. The design information in this study will enable the county to more effectively apply for funding to implement alternative transportation projects desired by the community. The County previously acquired funding to implement a portion of the prioritized Roaring Springs Road trail and perform a bike/pedestrian feasibility study along Ware House Road. These projects will begin soon. If you have any questions regarding the plan and/or are interested in learning more, please contact Carol Rizzio (Senior Comprehensive Planner) or Anne Ducey-Ortiz (Director of Planning, Zoning, and Environmental Programs) at 804-693-1224.
Public comments can be submitted to the Planning Commission to be read during the Commission's monthly meeting. Read on...
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- 1st Thursday of the month (unless otherwise noted on posted meeting calendar)
- 7:00 p.m.
- Colonial Courthouse (unless otherwise noted on posted meeting calendar) 6504 Main Street, Gloucester, VA 23061
For details on the fees for applications reviewed by the Planning Commission, see the department’s Fees webpage.
The Planning Commission consists of 7 members, with 1 member from each magisterial district and 2 At-Large representatives. Each member must be a resident of Gloucester County and at least half of the membership must be property owners. Each Commissioner is appointed by the Board of Supervisors, serves a 4-year term, and may be reappointed by the Board. Any vacancy in membership is filled by Board of Supervisors appointment only for the remainder of the unexpired term. The Planning Commission also contains 1 representative from the Board of Supervisors who serves in a non-voting capacity.
|Planning Commission||N/A||804-693-1224||Email Planning Commission||N/A|
|Chris Poulson, Chair||County-Wide (Ware)||757-876-1629||Email Chris Poulson||06/30/2023|
|James Gray, Jr., Vice Chair||County-Wide (Petsworth)||804-693-3199||Email James Gray, Jr.||06/30/2024|
|Douglas E. Johnson||County-Wide (York)||804-684-5752||Email Douglas Johnson||06/30/2024|
|Natalie Johnson||County-Wide (Gloucester Point)||N/A||Email Natalie Johnson||06/30/2024|
|John C. Meyer, Jr.||County-Wide (At-Large)||703-906-1359||Email John C. Meyer, Jr.||06/30/2025|
|Kenneth Richardson||County-Wide (At-Large)||804-693-2297||Email Kenneth Richardson||6/30/2025|
|Louis Serio||County-Wide (Abingdon)||804-693-4711||Email Louis Serio||06/30/2025|
|Chris Hutson||BOS Liaison (non-voting)||804-642-9900||Email Chris Hutson||12/31/2022|
|Anne Ducey-Ortiz, Secretary||Director of Planning & Zoning||804-693-1224||Email Anne Ducey-Ortiz||N/A|
PC Agendas, Meeting Materials, & Minutes
Agendas and other materials for Planning Commission meetings are typically available a week prior to the date of the meeting and can be accessed on the County’s Meeting Portal website. Minutes for previous Planning Commission meetings (also posted on the Meeting Portal website) are available following approval by the PC.
Contact the Planning Division staff at 804-693-1224 or PlanningStaff@gloucesterva.info for more information.