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On April 6, 2020, City Council adopted an emergency ordinance to effectuate temporary changes in certain deadlines and to modify public meeting and public hearing practices and procedures allowing, among other things, for deadlines requiring action by the City to be suspended during the local COVID-19 emergency. 

There will be no May 13, 2020 Planning Commission meeting. Applications submitted for the May meeting are suspended. Notices of cancellations and updates regarding future meetings will be posted on this webpage about one month in advanced of the next scheduled meeting.  

During the COVID-19 emergency, applicants may continue to submit applications to staff for staff comments in preparation for future meetings. 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, beginning at 7:00pm in City Council Chambers located at 409 South Main Street.

View the Planning Commission meeting dates and application deadlines:

PDF All files in PDF format

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

*See COVID-19 UPDATE at top of this page for cancelled meetings. 


Public Hearing and Agenda Packet Notices

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

Contact 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 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
Mark Finks 1st 12-31-20
James Orndoff 1st 12-31-24
Kathy Whitten 1st 12-31-20
Zanetta Ford-Byrd 1st 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

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