Planning Commission

Overview

This board reviews, discusses and hears public comment and makes formal recommendations to the Board of Supervisors on matters regarding zoning and planning.

Meetings

  • 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

Member Details

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.  

NamePositionPhoneEmailTerm Expiration
Planning Commission
804-693-1224Email Planning Commission
James Gray, Jr., ChairCounty-Wide (Petsworth)804-693-3199Email James Gray, Jr.
06/30/2020
Kenneth Richardson, Vice ChairCounty-Wide (At-Large)804-693-2297Email Kenneth Richardson
06/30/2021
James C. HarrisonCounty-Wide (At-Large)757-876-3214Email James Harrison
06/30/2021
Douglas E. JohnsonCounty-Wide (York)804-684-5752Email Douglas Johnson
06/30/2020
Natalie JohnsonCounty-Wide (Gloucester Point)
Email Natalie Johnson
06/30/2020
Chris PoulsonCounty-Wide (Ware)757-876-1629Email Chris Poulson
06/30/2023
Louis SerioCounty-Wide (Abingdon)804-693-4711Email Louis Serio
06/30/2021

Chris HutsonBOS Liaison (non-voting)804-642-9900Email Chris Hutson
12/31/2019
Anne Ducey-Ortiz, SecretaryDirector of Planning & Zoning804-693-1224Email Anne Ducey-Ortiz
N/A

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) for progress to date.

Process

View a Presentation to Planning Commission (PDF) 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.

View Most Recent Agendas and Minutes

More Information

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.