Public Comment & Public Hearings
Public Comment Periods
This time is provided at every regular meeting of the Board of Supervisors (normally the fourth Monday of each month) for citizens to speak on community issues that are not scheduled for public hearing. Public comments are not taken at work sessions, which normally occur on the second Monday of each month. There may or may not be a Public Comment Period at special called meetings. Agenda packets for Board of Supervisors meetings are available for download from the County website at least five (5) business days in advance of the meeting and will help you determine whether a Public Comment Period is being offered and at what point during the meeting it will occur. Citizens are invited to speak during Public Comment periods whether they attend in person, virtually (online), or are unable to attend. Registration is required by noon on the day of the meeting for those wishing to speak from an online platform (Zoom). If you do not register with the name and email address under which you will appear online by noon on the day of the meeting, you will not be allowed to un-mute and offer comment.
Public Hearings are scheduled for specific issues on which the Board wishes to receive public comment and as required by statute. Some examples of Public Hearing issues are changes to County Ordinances, Conditional Use Permit applications, Budget Adoption, and the like. They are advertised at least two weeks in advance of the meeting at which they will be considered. Advertisements appear on the County website, are posted to the front door of the County Administration Building, and are run in the County’s newspaper of record – the Tidewater Review. Public Hearings take place following the Consent Agenda. Download the meeting agenda from the County website to see the order in which each issue will be addressed. You may also find information contained in the agenda packet which answers or addresses your questions and concerns. The order of business for Public Hearings is staff presentation, applicant’s presentation (if any, in land use matters), and public comment.
*NOTE - This form will only be available when there is a Public Hearing scheduled.
Registration is Required for Those Planning to Comment from a Virtual Meeting Platform (Zoom)
Those attending virtually via Zoom must preregister using one of the above forms on the County website or by contacting the Deputy Clerk by noon on the day of the meeting at which they’d like to speak (firstname.lastname@example.org or 804-769-4927). This process was instituted at the Board of Supervisors November 8, 2021 Work Session in response to repeated offensive and disruptive behavior by some online participants. On the day of the meeting, those registered to speak from the online meeting will be asked to unmute by the meeting moderator in the order in which they signed up. NOTE: If you do not register in advance with the name and email address under which you will appear online, you will not be allowed to unmute and offer comment.