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Last Updated: 2017-11-30

News Regarding EnerGov and Permits Web Inquiry Function

1. To make it easier for everyone to check on the status of their plan submittal, permit status, or schedule of inspections we have reactivated “Permits Web Inquiry” on the Department’s web page. You can find it HERE.

Please feel free to go there and use it. It may look a bit different than the old page, but we hope you’ll find it an easy-to-use tool that will answer some of your questions. Just like the former page you’ll be able to search the status of plans, permits, property maintenance cases, and inspections scheduled for that day.

We appreciate your patience and look forward to bringing you the full online plan submission, plan review, permitting and inspection scheduling system as soon as we possibly can.

2. We are ONLY accepting plan submittals on thumb drives or CDs. We are no longer accepting paper plan submissions. Please bring your plans to us on a thumb drive when you come in to apply for a permit and we’ll upload it onto our system. Doing so will save you time, money, and provide for enhanced plan review.

To view the agendas and minutes for the Urban Design Committee

meetings, please click here to view the Legistar calendar.

The Urban Design Committee (UDC) is an advisory board to the Planning Commission that reviews development on public property or in the public right-of-way. In their work, the UDC encourages high standards of urban design and an improved community appearance. Additionally, the UDC evaluates and recommends design overlay districts proposed by neighborhood groups.

The Richmond Urban Design Committee (UDC) is a ten member advisory committee created by City Council in 1968. Its purpose is to advise the City Planning Commission (CPC) on the design of City projects. The UDC reviews projects for appropriateness in "location, character and extent" and for consistency with the City's Master Plan and forwards recommendations to the CPC. The UDC also advises the Department of Public Works in regards to private encroachments in the public right-of-way.

Regular meetings are scheduled for the Thursday after the first Monday of each month at 10:00 a.m. in the fifth floor conference room of City Hall. Special meetings are scheduled as needed. The regular deadline for filing new applications may be adjusted to accommodate holidays.


Regular meetings of the UDC are scheduled for the Thursday after the first Monday of each month at 10:00 a.m. in the fifth floor conference room of Richmond City Hall. The submission deadlines for each meeting are shown in the second column. The anticipated dates of Planning Commission consideration of location, character, and extent items are shown in the third column.

Meeting Dates
Planning Commission
Consideration of Items
December 7, 2017 November 9, 2017 December 18, 2017
January 4, 2018 December 7, 2017 ** January 16, 2018 1
Febuary 8, 2018 January 18, 2018 February 20, 2018 2
March 8, 2018 February 15, 2018 March 19, 2018
April 5, 2018 March 15, 2018 April 16, 2018
May 10, 2018 April 19, 2018 May 21, 2018
June 7, 2018 May 17, 2018 June 18, 2018
July 5, 2018 June 14, 2018 July 16, 2018
August 9, 2018 July 19, 2018 August 20, 2018 3
September 6, 2018 August 16, 2018 September 17, 2018
October 4, 2018 September 13, 2018 October 15, 2018
November 8, 2018 October 18, 2018 November 19, 2018
December 6, 2018 November 15, 2018 * December 17, 2018 4

1    Monday, January 15, 2018 is a City of Richmond Holiday.
2    Monday, February 19, 2018 is a City of Richmond Holiday.
3    This August CPC Meeting may be cancelled.
      If so, Planning Commission hearing would be Tuesday, September 4, 2018.
4    This December CPC Meeting may be cancelled.
      If so, Planning Commission hearing would be Monday, January 7, 2019.
*    Moved forward to account for Veteran's Day/Thanksgiving Holiday Schedule.
**  Moved forward to account for Winter Holiday Schedule.

If you would like additional information, or if you would like to be added to the UDC meeting packet distribution email list, please contact Planning & Preservation Division Staff at (804) 646-6335 or
Planning Development and Review.

Membership Composition

The UDC is composed of a registered architect, a representative from the field of static arts, a faculty member from the arts division of a local college, a registered engineer, a business representative, a landscape architect, a member of the Planning Commission, a member of the Commission of Architectural Review, and two citizens at large.

The current members are

Member NameAffiliation
Ms. Andrea Almond, PLA, ASLA Landscape Architect
Mr. Chris Arias Citizen-at-large
Ms. Dawn Hicks Static Arts
Mr. Bryan Clark Green Commission of Architectural Review Member
Ms. Giles Harnsberger Citizen-at-large
Mr. Dave Johannas Planning Commission Member
Ms. Andrea Levine, GRI, ABR, EcoBroker Business Executive
Mr. Robert Smith Arts Faculty
Ms. Jill Nolt, AIA Architect
Mr. Drew Gould, P.E. Engineer

For more information about the members or their terms, contact the Secretary to the Urban Design Committee.

Contact Information:

Urban Design Committee
City of Richmond
900 E. Broad St., Room 510
Richmond, VA
23219 USA
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Phone: (804)646-6335
Fax: (804)646-5789
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