Planning Commission


This board reviews, discusses and hears public comment and makes formal recommendations to the Board of Supervisors on matters regarding zoning and planning.

  1. Submit Comments To The Planning Commission

    Public comments can be submitted to the Planning Commission to be read during the Commission's monthly meeting. Read on...
  2. Zoning Ordinance Update

    Staff is working on a comprehensive update of the County’s Zoning Ordinance... Read on...
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  • Start @ 7 PM 
  • 1st Thursday of every month
  • Colonial Courthouse
    6504 Main Street
    Gloucester, VA 23061

Member Details

The commission consists of 7 members who must be residents of the county with 1/2 of the membership property owners in Gloucester. One member of the Board of Supervisors also serves on this commission. The term is 4 years.  

NamePositionPhoneEmailTerm Expiration
Planning Commission
804-693-1224Email Planning Commission
Chris Poulson, ChairCounty-Wide (Ware)757-876-1629Email Chris Poulson

James Gray, Jr., Vice ChairCounty-Wide (Petsworth)804-693-3199Email James Gray, Jr.06/30/2024
James C. HarrisonCounty-Wide (At-Large)757-876-3214Email James Harrison06/30/2021
Douglas E. JohnsonCounty-Wide (York)804-684-5752Email Douglas Johnson06/30/2024
Natalie JohnsonCounty-Wide (Gloucester Point)
Email Natalie Johnson06/30/2024
Kenneth RichardsonCounty-Wide (At-Large)804-693-2297Email Kenneth Richardson


Louis SerioCounty-Wide (Abingdon)804-693-4711Email Louis Serio06/30/2025

Chris HutsonBOS Liaison (non-voting)804-642-9900Email Chris Hutson12/31/2021
Anne Ducey-Ortiz, SecretaryDirector of Planning & Zoning804-693-1224Email Anne Ducey-OrtizN/A

Zoning Ordinance Update

Staff is working on a comprehensive update of the County’s Zoning Ordinance. This update will incorporate revisions based on changes to the State Code, Board initiatives as outlined in the Strategic Planning effort, recommendations from the Business Development Focus Group, and recommendations identified in the County’s Comprehensive Plan and by staff as part of their daily interactions with the public.

Planning and Zoning staff meet weekly to discuss/review the proposed zoning amendments before taking them to the Planning Commission for input. This is a multi-year project involving public engagement throughout the process. View the Ghant Chart (PDF) for progress to date.


View a Presentation to Planning Commission (PDF) from July 6, 2017.

  • Phase 1 - The first phase focuses on simplifying and clarifying the ordinance to establish a solid foundation for the second phase and future amendments.  Goals of this first phase are to:
    • Clarify intent/interpretations
    • Conform with State Code
    • Reformat the district regulations to ensure a user friendly, straightforward, and adaptable structure
    • Remove unnecessary requirements/regulations
  • Phase 2 - The second phase will focus on implementing the community’s vision as adopted in the Comprehensive Plan.  This phase will include addressing several Comprehensive Plan recommendations such as establishment of a Working Waterfront district, and the possible establishment of a Rural Residential district. Other needed revisions to sections such as signage and parking will also be addressed.  

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.

View Most Recent Agendas and Minutes

More Information

Contact the Planning Office at 804-693-1224 for more information.