Public Comment & Public Hearings
There is a difference between a Public Comment Period and a Public Hearing. Read on to learn more.
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. Please complete the Public Comment Submittal and Zoom Registration Form below only if you wish to SPEAK VIA ZOOM or if you'd like to submit a written comment. To speak via Zoom, you must register by noon on the day of the meeting so the moderator will know to look for you and allow you to un-mute at the appropriate time. 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. Please complete the Public Hearing Form below only if you wish to SPEAK VIA ZOOM or if you'd like to submit a written comment. To speak via Zoom, you must register by noon on the day of the Hearing so the moderator will know to look for you and allow you to un-mute at the appropriate time. If you do not register with the name and email address under which you will appear online by noon on the day of the hearing, you will not be allowed to un-mute and offer comment.
*NOTE - Form(s) will only be available when there is a Public Hearing scheduled.
Registration is Required IF YOU WISH TO SPEAK WHEN ATTENDING VIA Zoom
Those attending virtually via Zoom who wish to speak during the Public Comment or Public Hearing period 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 Zoom will be asked to un-mute by the meeting moderator in the order in which they signed up. NOTE: If you do not register with the name and email address under which you will appear online, you will not be allowed to un-mute and offer comment.