Planning Commission

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In accordance with the Emergency Ordinance to effectuate temporary changes in certain deadlines and to modify public meeting and public hearing practices and procedures to address continuity of operations associated with pandemic disaster, readopted on February 23, 2021, the public will not be able to physically attend the Planning Commission meeting. Community members are encouraged to participate and express their views electronically by emailing comments to, or by calling in during the public hearing or public commenst at: 540-437-2687.

The agenda will be posted at 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.

Prior to the meeting, 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]

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.

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, Videos, and Minutes

Planning Commission Meeting Videos

Planning Commission Meeting Agendas, Videos, and Minutes 


Commission Member, Position Term Expiration
Brent Finnegan, Vice Chair 1st 12-31-23
Adriel Byrd, Vice-Chair Unexpired Term 12-31-23
Richard Baugh 1st 12-31-24
Isaac Hull 1st 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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