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Relevant Boards and Commissions
Planning and Zoning staff members provide technical advice and support to several appointed boards and commissions, three of which are the Board of Zoning and Appeals, Board of Architectural Review, and Planning Commission. These three bodies have authority over several matters, including approval of storefront signage, granting of conditional use permits for outdoor seating, and granting of variances or exceptions to Town code.

Click here for a full list of Town boards and commissions.
Click here for archived and upcoming agendas, minutes, and video for Town Council and Planning Commission meetings.

Board of Architectural Review
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  • Third Thursday of each month
  • 8 pm  
  • Council Chambers at Town Hall
    127 Center Street S
    Vienna, VA 22180

Agendas & Minutes
Agendas are available prior to meetings.
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Minutes are available following approval.
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Functions
The Board of Architectural Review (BAR) examines and approves plans for commercial buildings, signs, and landscaping to ensure that new construction is not bizarre or garish and is harmonious and compatible with existing buildings.The board is concerned primarily with appearance and aesthetic features in commercial construction, but also considers any construction activities in single-family detached residential zones other than single-family housing.

Applications
Please see Applications and Forms for BAR forms related to exterior modifications and signage. All potential applicants should speak with a staff representative before filing.

Members 

  • Paul Layer, Chair
  • Roy Baldwin, Vice Chair
  • Michael Cheselka 
  • Patty Hanley
  • Laine Hyde  

Staff Representative
Michael D'Orazio, 703-255-6316
Planner


Sharmaine Abaied, 703-255-6334
Administrative Assistant II, Planning & Zoning Department

Board of Zoning and Appeals
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  • Third Wednesday of each month, except August
  • 8 pm
  • Council Chambers at Town Hall 
    127 Center St. S
    Vienna, VA 22180

Agendas & Minutes
Agendas are available prior to meetings.
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Minutes are available following approval.
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Functions
The Board of Zoning Appeals is a semi-judicial body. Members are recommended by Council to the Circuit Court for appointment. The board is authorized to hear and decide appeals of any decisions made by the zoning administrator, grant variances from the zoning code, approve conditional use permits, and interpret the zoning map.

Members

  • Robert Petersen, Chair
  • Michael Gadell, Vice Chair
  • Donald Chumley
  • George Creed
  • William P. Daly, Jr.
  • Robert Dowler
  • Gregory Haight            

Staff Representatives
Frank Simeck, CZA, 703-255-6348
Town Zoning Administrator

Sharmaine Abaied, 703-255-6334
Administrative Assistant II, Planning & Zoning Department


Planning Commission
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  • Second and fourth Wednesday January-June, August, and September; the second Wednesday in October, November, and December
  • 8 pm
  • Council Chambers at Town Hall 
    127 Center Street S 
    Vienna, VA 22180
  • Watch Live!

Agendas & Minutes 
Agendas and minutes for Planning Commission meetings are available here.

To view videos from Planning Commission meetings, scroll to the bottom of this page.

Scheduled Public Hearings

Notices of Official Public Hearings


Functions
The Planning Commission approves preliminary plats of all subdivisions, prepares the Comprehensive Plan for future development of the Town, and hears and makes recommendations to Town Council on rezoning requests and other planning and zoning matters.

Members
  • Michael Gelb, Chair   
  • Stephen Kenney, Vice Chair   
  • Sharon Baum
  • Walter Basnight, Jr.
  • Laurie Genevro Cole
  • Sarah Couchman  
  • Mary McCullough     
  • Andrew Meren     
  • David Miller

Staff Representatives
Cindy Petkac, AICP, 703-255-6341
Director of Planning & Zoning

Jennifer M. Murphy, 703-255-6349
Planning Specialist 


Windover Heights Board of Review

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Click here for the board's application/checklist.

  • First Tuesday of each month when an application has been filed for board consideration.
  • 7:30 pm          
  • Council Chambers at Town Hall
    127 Center St. S
    Vienna, VA 22180

Agendas & Minutes
Agendas are available prior to meetings.
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Minutes are available following approval.
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Functions
The Windover Heights Board of Review (WHBR) approves new construction and major exterior alterations of buildings within the Windover Heights Historic District in northwest Vienna to ensure that they are in keeping with the old and historic architectural aspect of the surroundings.

Windover Heights Historic District Map

Application
Please see Forms and Applications for a WHBR application. All potential applicants should speak with a staff representative before filing.

Members

  • Theresa Bachmann - Representative from the community
  • Mike Cheselka - Board of Architectural Review Representative 
  • Mary McCullough - Planning Commission Representative
  • Carey Sienicki - Architect member
  • Susan Stillman - Community Enhancement Commission Representative


Staff Representative
Hyojung Garland, 703-255-6347
Deputy Director, Department of Planning & Zoning

Jennifer Murphy, 703-255-6349
Planning Specialist, Department of Planning & Zoning