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In accordance with an Emergency Continuity of Governance Ordinance adopted by City Council on April 6, 2020, members of the public are not permitted to physically attend Planning Commission meetings, until further notice, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The public is encouraged to participate and express their views electronically by emailing comments to Thanh.Dang@harrisonburgva.gov, or by calling in during the public hearing at the telephone number to be listed on the agenda.

The agenda will be posted at https://harrisonburg-va.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx on the Friday before the Planning Commission meeting.

Interested parties may watch the Planning Commission meeting including the public hearing on Public Education Government Channel 3 or on the City’s website.

Questions may be directed to Planning staff at 540-432-7700.


Board Description
The Planning Commission is comprised of seven city residents, of which one is a City Council member, serving four-year terms (two term maximum). They typically meet once a month to consider requests from citizens and developers on issues such as rezonings, special use permits, major subdivisions, and street and alley closings. The Commission's recommendations are forwarded to City Council to help their decision-making. The Commission also assists the City with special projects such as ordinance revisions and special sub-committees. The duties and responsibilities of the Planning Commission are in City Code Section 10-1-1.

PDF[127KB] Bylaws

PDF[104KB] Ethical Principles in Planning 



Four years; two successive.


Meeting Date/Time/Location & Application Deadlines

Regular Planning Commission meetings are held on the second Wednesday of every month. Due to Covid-19, meetings will be held remotely/virtually and will begin at 6:00pm.


Planning Commission meeting dates and application deadlines:

PDF All files in PDF format

2020 Planning Commission Meeting Dates and Application Deadlines [101KB]


Public Hearing and Agenda Packet Notices

Upcoming public hearing notices are available on the City's Public Hearing webpage.

Contact Thanh.Dang@harrisonburgva.gov to receive monthly notices when Agenda Packets (includes staff reports) are posted online; usually the Friday before the Planning Commission meeting. 

PDF[84KB] Rules of Procedure 


Agendas, Videos, and Minutes

Planning Commission Meeting Videos

Planning Commission Meeting Agendas, Videos, and Minutes 


Commission Member, Position Term Expiration
Gil Colman, Chair 2nd 12-31-20
Brent Finnegan, Vice Chair 1st 12-31-23
Deb Fitzgerald Unexpired Term 12-31-20
James Orndoff 1st 12-31-24
Kathy Whitten 1st 12-31-20
Adriel Byrd Unexpired Term 12-31-23
Sal Romero, Council Representative (Vice Mayor) Tenure of Office Appointed

Questions or Comments?  Mail to City of Harrisonburg, Department of Community Development, Attn: (Board Member), 409 South Main Street, Harrisonburg, VA 22801 or email Thanh.Dang@harrisonburgva.gov.

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