Planning Commission

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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[129KB] Bylaws

PDF[104KB] Ethical Principles in Planning

PDF[64KB] Rules of Procedure 



Four years; two successive.


Meeting Date/Time/Location & Application Deadlines

Notice of Meeting Cancellation: The October 13, 2021 Planning Commission meeting is cancelled due to there being no requests requiring Planning Commission action. 

Regular Planning Commission meetings are held on the second Wednesday of every month and begin at 6:00pm in City Council Chambers at 409 South Main Street, Harrisonburg. 

COVID-19 UPDATE: Community members will be able to attend the meeting according to best practices and procedures associated with pandemic disaster. The meeting can be viewed live on the City’s website,, and on Public Education Government Channel 3. A phone line will also be live where community members will be allowed to call in and speak with Planning Commission during the Public Hearings and the Public Comments portion of the meeting at 540-437-2687. Community members may also express their views electronically by calling


Planning Commission meeting dates and application deadlines:

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2021 Planning Commission Meeting Dates and Application Deadlines [102KB]


Public Hearing and Agenda Packet Notices

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

Prior to the meeting, questions may be directed to Planning staff at 540-432-7700.

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


Agendas, Videos, and Minutes

Planning Commission Meeting Videos

Planning Commission Meeting Agendas, Videos, and Minutes 


Commission Member, Position Term Expiration
Brent Finnegan, Chair 1st 12-31-23
Adriel Byrd, Vice-Chair Unexpired Term 12-31-23
Richard Baugh 1st 12-31-24
Vacant unexpired 01-04-25
James Orndoff 1st 12-31-23
Kathy Whitten 2nd 12-31-24
Laura Dent, Council Representative  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

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