Commissioners review issues related to community growth and
development and make recommendations to the City Council on rezoning and
subdivision policies and land development requests.
What is the Planning Commission?
The Planning Commission is established by the City Code (Chapter XXII)
and the Code of Virginia (15.2-2210). It consists of five Hopewell
citizens appointed by the City Council. The primary purpose of the Planning
Commission is to advise the City Council on matters related to long
range planning and community development. Hopewell's Planning
Commission also plays an important role in land use decisions for the
City. Commissioners review issues related to community growth and
development and make recommendations to the City Council on rezoning
and subdivision policies and land development requests.
When would the Commission become involved with my property?
The Commission would only become directly involved if you request a rezoning or conditional use permit for your property.
What are the Planning Commission's Procedures?
Public hearings are held by the Planning Commission to provide citizens
with the opportunity to have input on land use recommendations that are
forwarded to the Hopewell City Council for final action.
Public notices of Planning Commission and Wetlands Board public
hearings are displayed as classified legal advertisements in the
Hopewell News prior to the public hearing date. In addition, notices
are sent to adjoining property owners of property requesting rezoning
or a conditional use permit.
The Commission additionally serves as the city's Wetlands Board.
The Wetlands Board reviews and either grants or denies Wetland
Permits, which are required for development projects that contain
environmentally sensitive lands as defined by the Chesapeake Bay