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The City of Harrisonburg is required to publicly advertise and provide notice for upcoming public hearings. This webpage will provide an additional resource for the public to be notified of upcoming public hearings.

Notice of Intent to Comply with Americans With Disabilities Act

Special assistance is available for disabled persons addressing City Council, Planning Commission, and Board of Zoning Appeals. Efforts will be made to provide adaptations or accommodations based on individual needs of qualified individuals with disabilities, provided that notification at least five (5) business days prior to the date of the meeting has been received by the City Clerk's Office. For assistance, please contact the City Clerk's Office, 409 S. Main Street City Hall, at 540-432-7701.

Language Interpretation Services Available

Language interpretation service in Spanish is available for City Council, Planning Commission, and Board of Zoning Appeals meetings. To ensure that interpreters are available at the meeting, interested persons must request the accommodation at least four (4) calendar days in advance of the meeting by contacting the City Clerk’s Office at 540-432-7701 or by submitting a request online.

 

Upcoming Public Hearings
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City Council Meeting - February 27, 2024

VDOT Transportation Alternatives Program Grant [14KB]Word Document

Gas Pipeline Easement [15KB]Word Document

These public hearings will be held during the regularly scheduled City Council meeting, which meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month at 7:00pm. This meeting will take place in City Hall, 409 South Main Street. Use the ground-level entrance, closest to Main Street in the front of the building to enter Council Chambers. Community members can also watch the meeting on Public Education Government Channel 3 or on the City’s website at harrisonburg-va.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx.


Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) - No March 2024 meeting

The BZA meets as needed on the first Monday of the month at 4:00pm at the City Council Chambers (409 South Main Street). Use the ground-level entrance, closest to Main Street in the front of the building to enter Council Chambers. Community members can also watch the meeting on Public Education Government Channel 3 or on the City’s website. A phone line will also be live where individuals can call in and to speak during public hearings. The telephone number to call is 540-437-2687. Community members may also express their views electronically prior to the meeting by emailing Thanh.Dang@harrisonburgva.gov

Staff reports are posted at approximately one week prior to the Board meeting. 

 


Planning Commission Meeting - March 13, 2024

These public hearings will be held during regularly scheduled Planning Commission meetings, which normally takes place on the second Wednesday of every month and may include the third Tuesday of every month. The meetings begin at 6:00pm in City Council Chambers at 409 South Main Street, Harrisonburg. Use the ground-level entrance, closest to Main Street in the front of the building to enter Council Chambers. Community members can also watch the meeting and to watch the meeting on Public Education Government Channel 3 or on the City’s website at harrisonburg-va.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx. A phone line will also be live where individuals can call in and to speak with Planning Commission during public hearings and public comment. The telephone number to call is 540-437-2687. Community members may also express their views electronically prior to the meeting by emailing Thanh.Dang@harrisonburgva.gov

Public Hearings [101KB]PDF logo 

  • Special Use Permit – 206 & 210 Charles Street (To Allow Convenience Stores in M-1)
  • Special Use Permit – 1088 & 1094 College Avenue (To Allow Short-Term Rental in R-2)
  • Special Use Permit – 1048 and 1048A College Avenue (To Allow Short-Term Rental in R-2)
  • Special Use Permit – 220 Reservoir Street (To Allow Personal Service Establishments in R-3)
  • Special Use Permit – 1320 & 1326 South Main Street (To Allow Personal Service Establishments in R-3)
  • Rezoning – 325 & 335 North Liberty Street (B-1C and B-1C Proffer Amendment)
  • Zoning Ordinance Amendment – Section 10-3-96 To Allow Mercantile Establishments that Supply Parts and Equipment for Over the Road Tractors, Their Trailers, and Heavy Equipment 
  • 15.2-2232 Review – Proposed Fire Station #5 at 450 Mount Clinton Pike 

Staff reports are posted at harrisonburg-va.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx approximately 5 days prior to the Planning Commission meeting. 


 

Harrisonburg City Council must take action on many issues which require public notice under state law or city ordinances. Ordinances imposing or changing fees, levies, and taxes, land use actions (rezoning and special use permits), budget approvals or amendments, sale of city real estate, and many other issues require a public hearing that must be advertised in a newspaper having general circulation in the city.

While the Code of Virginia is very specific as to the notices required for specific actions, as a general rule, a public hearing must be advertised once a week for two consecutive weeks. There must be at least seven days between the first and second advertisements and the second advertisement shall not be more than ten days before the public hearing.