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Hampton Roads Zoning Atlas Forum

October 13, 2023 @ 10:00 am 2:00 pm


Get up close and personal with the first complete region of Virginia’s statewide Zoning Atlas.

More than 63,000 new homes were built in Hampton Roads over the last decade. The size, type, and location of each were all determined by a set of local development regulations we call zoning. How did these rules appear in the first place, and how can we tell if they meet our needs today?

On Friday, October 13th, HousingForward Virginia and the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission will host a regional forum to release new findings on zoning’s influence on housing affordability and opportunity in the region, and to hear experts share successful ways to modernize zoning for building livable, resilient communities.

You’ll be the first to see the Virginia Zoning Atlas, an ongoing multi-year project led by HousingForward to map and analyze zoning districts across every locality in the Commonwealth. Hampton Roads is the first region with complete data to show the impact of land use regulations throughout its entirety. Following the presentation, you’ll hear real-world stories from two successful practitioners on how zoning can shape our world for the worse, and how we can reimagine it for the better.

Light refreshments and box lunches will be provided.

Attendance at this event will count for 3 CM credits through APA Virginia.

American Planning Association, Virginia Chapter

Guest Speakers

Joh Gehlbach

Joh Gehlbach is the Vice President of Government Affairs at the Richmond Association of REALTORS®. Working with partners in local government, the private sector, and non-profit sector, RAR strives to create a Richmond region where people want and can afford to live.

In addition to their work at RAR, Joh is the Board President of RVA Rapid Transit, a non-profit organization dedicated to frequent, far reaching, and reliable public transit. They also co-lead RVA YIMBY, a grassroots coalition of Richmonders advocating for abundant, affordable, and accessible housing.

Before joining RAR in 2014, Joh worked at Equality Virginia as a field organizer and earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Richmond in 2012 with majors in political science and gender studies.

Jodi Dubyoski

Jodi Dubyoski is a Senior Urban Designer at Streetsense, a creative consultancy dedicated to designing well-rounded strategies for amazing places. Prior to joining Streetsense, she was the founder and director of FORM Coalition, a community-engaged design practice based in Richmond, VA, providing accessible architectural services to community builders and promoting equitable neighborhood development. 

Jodi has a Masters of Architecture and a Graduate Certificate in Public Interest Design from Portland State University, where she served as a Graduate Assistant and a Student Fellow at the Center for Public Interest Design. She also holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Virginia Tech and is a licensed architect in Virginia.


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Virginia Housing
Hampton Roads Community Foundation
Mercatus Center at George Mason University
Sentara Health
Wells Fargo
Atlantic Union Bank
LISC Hampton Roads
Virginia Community Capital
Virginia REALTORS®
Williamsburg Health Foundation
Hampton Roads Planning District Commission
Hampton Roads Housing Consortium

Hampton Roads Planning District Commission

723 Woodlake Dr
Chesapeake, Virginia 23320 United States
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