Uptown Land Use Study

By June 6, 2017News

As part of the overall City of Portsmouth’s 2017 Comprehensive Plan update, the City decided to conduct a more in-depth Land Use Study for the Uptown area of Portsmouth, also known as the D-2 zoning district. In 2009, Portsmouth approved a form based code for this area, the D-2 Form Based Code. This code was intended to transform the district from its current state to an urban mixed-use area. The regulations were lofty and ambitious and the market trends and demands have not aligned with the Code’s vision and intent. The City has identified that the existing D-2 Form Based Code is not the right tool to encourage growth and development in this district and the D-2/Uptown Land Use Study is the first step in the process to update the zoning regulations that will apply to this area.

A draft of the Land Use Study is presented here for public review and comment. Included is the Study itself and its two appendices: An Existing Conditions and Context Assessment and an Economic Tool-Kit that addresses revenue strategies.

D-2 Land Use Plan Draft 6.5.17

D-2 Revenue Strategies Existing Conditions Assessment

Consider attending the next public open house event scheduled for:

Tuesday, June 13th
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
4th Floor Conference Room
Social Services Building
1701 High Street


Please contact Brian Swets at 757-393-8836 x4237 or swetsb@portsmouthva.gov with any questions or comments about this meeting or the larger project.