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City of Bristol
300 Lee Street
Bristol, VA 24201

Ph: (276) 645-7300

Bristol Virginia Planning Commission

§ 8.04 City Planning Commission 

There shall be a city planning commission consisting of seven members, one of whom shall be a member of the city council selected by the council for a term coincident with his term on the council, one of whom shall be selected by the council for an indefinite term and the remaining members shall be citizens appointed by council for three-year terms. All citizens of the City of Bristol, Virginia, owning real property shall be eligible for appointment to the planning commission, and all appointees shall take the oath of office before entering into their duties. Each appointee, other than the councilmanic and employee appointees, shall be eligible for only two consecutive terms.

The planning commission's duties shall be to:


Exercise general supervision of and make regulations for the administration of its affairs;


Prescribe rules pertaining to its investigations and hearings;


Supervise its physical affairs and responsibilities, under rules and regulations as prescribed by the governing body;


Keep a complete record of its proceedings and be responsible for the custody and preservation of its papers and documents;


Make recommendations and an annual report to the governing body concerning the operation of the commission and the status of planning within its jurisdiction;


Prepare, publish and distribute reports, ordinances and other material relating to its activities;


Prepare and submit an annual budget estimate in the manner prescribed by the city council;


Review, amend and recommend a comprehensive city plan to city council as provided for by state law and this charter and amendments thereto as needed;


Exercise such authority and perform such duties relative to zoning, subdivisions and other matters related to development within the City of Bristol, Virginia, as are provided for in the respective ordinances provided for the same by city council; and


Perform such other duties as council may from time to time assign to the planning commission.

The planning commission shall be staffed by the director of the department of planning and employees of that department until and unless the council shall by ordinance provide for a separate staff for the planning commission. The planning commission may, with the approval of the city manager, call upon the heads of other departments for staff functions as the need may arise.

(Acts 1996, Ch. 678, § 1)