Planning Commission

Notice Notice on Comments for Planning Commission's May 20, 2021 Meeting; Citizens Strongly Encouraged to Participate via Email or by Registering to Speak

The Planning Commission will meet on Thursday, May 20, 2021, at 6 p.m. A Citizens’ Time of up to 20 minutes will be offered for items not on the Agenda before the public hearings begin. 

Hanover County is striving to conduct the public’s business, take the necessary precautions to protect residents participating in public meetings, and comply with Governor Northam’s guidelines prohibiting large gatherings and maintaining social distancing. 

Given the current health crisis, the County strongly encourages those who wish to make their opinions known during Citizens’ Time or during the Public Hearings to provide their comments online or register to speak in-person. 

Please note that each public hearing shall be limited to two hours unless the Planning Commission determines a need to extend the hours. Speakers will have three to five minutes each, depending on the number of registered speakers. Speakers will be called based on the order registered through the link provided above. Citizens who have not registered but wish to speak may be allowed to do so if time allows, after the registered speakers have been called.

To view Live Streaming of the Planning Commission Meeting, use this link and select "In Progress" button the day and time of meeting.


  • The Commission meets in the Board Room of Hanover County Administration Building.
  • The 2021 meeting schedule is below:


Regular Meeting Dates Continued Meeting Date (if needed)
Thursday, January 21, 2021 Tuesday, January 26, 2021
Thursday, February 18, 2021 Tuesday, February 23, 2021
Thursday, March 18, 2021 Tuesday, March 23, 2021
Thursday, April 15, 2021 Tuesday, April 20, 2021
Thursday, May 20, 2021 Tuesday, May 25, 2021
Thursday, June 17, 2021 Tuesday, June 22, 2021
Thursday, July 15, 2021 Tuesday, July 20, 2021
Thursday, August 19, 2021 Tuesday, August 24, 2021
Thursday, September 16, 2021 Tuesday, September 21, 2021
Thursday, October 21, 2021 Tuesday, October 26, 2021
Thursday, November 18, 2021 Tuesday, November 23, 2021
Thursday, December 9, 2021 Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Click here for specific meeting schedule.


Henry District

Chickahominy District

Cold Harbor District

Beaverdam District

South Anna District

Mechanicsville District

Ashland District


Seven citizens, appointed by the Board of Supervisors, who represent each of the seven magisterial districts.

Terms of Service

4-year terms


The Code of Virginia authorizes the Planning Commission to prepare a comprehensive plan for the community, as well as establish tools of plan implementation including a subdivision ordinance, capital improvement program and zoning ordinance. The commission serves as an advisory agent to the Board of Supervisors.

Beginning November 19, 2015, Planning Commission meetings are video streamed. Watch Planning Commission meetings and previous minutes on the Granicus Hanover County website.


The commission holds public hearings on all rezoning cases and conditional use permit requests and makes recommendations to the Board of Supervisors. In some cases, the commission is directed to review building elevations, site layout, signage or other design items to ensure consistency with proffers accepted during the rezoning process. The commission is also responsible for the approval of certain preliminary subdivision plats and amendments to preliminary plats.


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