New Zoning for Pembroke SGA

CBC Map​​​In order to create the type of development envisioned in the Pembroke SGA Plan, the City is drafting new zoning regulations for this area. The zoning will be specific to each of the six districts as described in the SGA Plan.​​

The first district to receive new zoning is the Central Business Core (CBC) District (shown in brown in District map to the right), which includes Town Center and is generally bordered by Kellam Rd., Broad St., Beasley Dr., and the Norfolk Southern Railway line. The CBC Zoning District was approved by City Council on February 25, 2014.​

​CBC Sign Ordinance

The City is considering an amendment to the sign regulations and design guidelines applicable in the CBC Zoning District.  After more than two years of applying the regulations to new signs installed in the CBC District, Staff has identified some changes and refinements needed to allow for more creativity and to simplify the rules related to new signs in this district.  Please refer to the Staff Report for details on the proposed changes.

The Planning Commission recommended approval of the proposed amendments at their public hearing on September 14, 2016.  City Council will hold a public hearing to consider the amendments on Tuesday, October 18, 2016, at 6:00 pm in the City Council Chamber, City Hall Building (Building #1, Municipal Center), 2401 Courthouse Drive, Virginia Beach, VA.   Please contact Ashby Moss at (757) 385-2904 or with any questions.

Drafting the New Zoning

 As with the CBC District, City staff is working closely with the Central Business District Association (CBDA) and other stakeholders to draft new zoning ordinances for the remaining five districts along with design guidelines that demonstrate site, building and sign designs envisioned for the area. 

Review and Approval 

All new proposed zoning changes must be reviewed by the Planning Commission and approved by City Council through the standard public review process.  The role of the Planning Commission is to consider the details of the proposal and hear staff and public comments in order to make a recommendation to City Council; City Council, in turn, hears additional comments during additional public hearings and considers all factors before voting to approve or deny the proposal.  These public hearings take place in the City Council Chamber, Building 1, Municipal Center, 2401 Courthouse Drive Virginia Beach, VA 23456. Comments
We want to hear from you!  Comments may be submitted via email to or mailed to the address listed below. If you have any questions or concerns, or if you want to be added to the Pembroke SGA Stakeholder email list, please contact Ashby Moss (see contact information below). ​


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