Boards & Commissions

Planning Commission


The objective of the Planning Commission is to act as the agent for the City Council of Colonial Heights in order to effectively plan for land use and recommend various City improvements and zoning regulations for the health, safety and general welfare of the citizens of Colonial Heights. 


Duties of the Commission include making and adopting a Comprehensive Plan for orderly development of land use, community facilities and transportation within the City; to make recommendations to the City Council for the preservation of historical markers; prepare, revise and submit a program of capital improvement projects and proposed funding for the ensuing five (5) years; submit to City Council a comprehensive zoning plan and changes to the plan as conditions may warrant and to act as the subdivision platting agent for the City of Colonial Heights.


The Planning Commission consists of seven (7) voting members appointed at large by City Council. The City Manager serves as a non-voting member. One (1) member of City Council serves as a member of the Commission and one (1) member of the Board of Zoning Appeals serves.

The Planning Commission annually elects a Chairman and Vice-Chairman. The three (3) standing committees are Land Use, Zoning and Subdivision. The Chairman appoints members to these committees on an annual basis.


Meetings begin at 6:00 PM in the City Council Chambers, 201 James Ave. For more information please call (804) 520-9297.

View 2023 Planning Commission Meeting Calendar

View Planning Commission Meeting Agendas

Planning Commission Members

Mitchell Hartson
Term: 2018-2022
Phone: (804) 526-4563
Rita C. Schiff
Vice Chairman
Parks & Recreation Advisory Board
Term: 2020-2024
Phone: (804) 526-4359
Noah Kwiek
Term: 2020-2022
Phone: N/A
Email: N/A
Deborah Levenson-Melvin
Architectural Review Board
Term: 2020-2022
Phone: (804) 317-4918
Carl J. Kohan, Jr. 
Board of Zoning Appeals
Term: 2020-2024
Phone: (804) 526-5706
Robert Wade
City Council Representative
Term: 2020-2024 
Phone: (804) 721-0754 
Mary Ann Hamilton
Term: 2018-2022
Phone: (804) 520-2028