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The City of Harrisonburg is required to publicly advertise and provide notice for upcoming public hearings. This webpage will provide an additional resource for the public to be notified of upcoming public hearings.

Notice of Intent to Comply with Americans With Disabilities Act

Special assistance is available for disabled persons addressing City Council, Planning Commission, and Board of Zoning Appeals. Efforts will be made to provide adaptations or accommodations based on individual needs of qualified individuals with disabilities, provided that notification at least five (5) business days prior to the date of the meeting has been received by the City Clerk's Office. For assistance, please contact the City Clerk's Office, 409 S. Main Street City Hall, at 540-432-7701.

Language Interpretation Services Available

Language interpretation service in Spanish is available for City Council, Planning Commission, and Board of Zoning Appeals meetings. To ensure that interpreters are available at the meeting, interested persons must request the accommodation at least four (4) calendar days in advance of the meeting by contacting the City Clerk’s Office at 540-432-7701 or by submitting a request online.

 

Upcoming Public Hearings
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City Council Meeting - December 13, 2022

 

These public hearings will be held during the regularly scheduled City Council meeting, which meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month at 7:00pm. This meeting will take place in City Hall, 409 South Main Street. Use the ground-level entrance, closest to Main Street in the front of the building to enter Council Chambers. Community members can also watch the meeting on Public Education Government Channel 3 or on the City’s website at www.harrisonburg-va.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx. Meeting agendas are posted at www.harrisonburg-va.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx 


Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) - No Meeting for December 2022

The BZA meets as needed on the first Monday of the month at 4:00pm at the City Council Chambers (409 South Main Street). Use the ground-level entrance, closest to Main Street in the front of the building to enter Council Chambers. Community members can also watch the meeting on Public Education Government Channel 3 or on the City’s website at www.harrisonburg-va.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx. A phone line will also be live where individuals can call in and to speak during public hearings. The telephone number to call is 540-437-2687. Community members may also express their views electronically prior to the meeting by emailing Christopher.Perez-Leon@harrisonburgva.gov.

Staff reports are posted at www.harrisonburg-va.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx approximately one week prior to the Board meeting. 

 


Planning Commission Meeting - December 14, 2022

These public hearings will be held during the regularly scheduled Planning Commission meeting, which normally meets on the second Wednesday of every month at 6:00pm in City Council Chambers at 409 South Main Street, Harrisonburg. Use the ground-level entrance, closest to Main Street in the front of the building to enter Council Chambers. Community members can also watch the meeting and to watch the meeting on Public Education Government Channel 3 or on the City’s website at www.harrisonburg-va.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx. A phone line will also be live where individuals can call in and to speak with Planning Commission during public hearings and public comment. The telephone number to call is 540-437-2687. Community members may also express their views electronically prior to the meeting by emailing Thanh.Dang@harrisonburgva.gov

Public Hearings [121KB]PDF logo 

  • Special Use Permit – 965 Smith Avenue (To Allow Short-Term Rental in the R-2 District)
  • Special Use Permit – 524 Long Avenue (To Allow Short-Term Rental in the R-2 District)
  • Special Use Permit – Peach Grove Avenue (To Allow Multiple-Family Dwellings and/or Mixed Use Buildings in the B-2 District) (Lingerfelt Development Apartments)
  • Rezoning – 793 North Liberty Street (M-1 to R-8)
  • Rezoning - 178 & 188 South Mason Street (B-2 to B-1)
  • Zoning Ordinance Amendments – To Add New Cooperative Sober Living Residence
  • Zoning Ordinance and Subdivision Ordinance Amendments – To Amend Posting of Property Requirements

Staff reports are posted at www.harrisonburg-va.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx on the Friday prior to the Planning Commission meeting. 


 

Harrisonburg City Council must take action on many issues which require public notice under state law or city ordinances. Ordinances imposing or changing fees, levies, and taxes, land use actions (rezoning and special use permits), budget approvals or amendments, sale of city real estate, and many other issues require a public hearing that must be advertised in a newspaper having general circulation in the city.

While the Code of Virginia is very specific as to the notices required for specific actions, as a general rule, a public hearing must be advertised once a week for two consecutive weeks. There must be at least seven days between the first and second advertisements and the second advertisement shall not be more than ten days before the public hearing.