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

City Council approved an ordinance to amend the Central Business Core (CBC) sign regulations and Design Guidelines on October 18, 2016.  These changes came about after more than two years of applying the original CBC regulations and guidelines to new signs installed in this district.  Working with the Central Business District Association (CBDA), City staff identified changes and refinements needed to allow for more creativity and simplify the rules related to signs.  Please refer to the Planning Commission Staff Report for details on the changes. 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.


We want to hear from you!  Comments may be submitted via email to or mailed to the address listed . 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). ​​

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