City Council

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City Council is the legislative and policy-making body for the city of Norfolk and is the final authority on City matters. The Council establishes general City policies; appoints the City Manager, City Auditor, City Attorney, City Assessor, the City Clerk, and members of boards, committees and commissions; enacts ordinances, resolutions, and orders; approves the strategic plan and annual budget; and authorizes contracts on the City’s behalf.

Contacting City Council During COVID-19

City Hall remains closed during COVID-19. Council members may still be contacted via email or by emailing ccouncil@norfolk.gov. The City Council inbox and phone messages are checked on a daily basis. 

Upcoming Meetings

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Council of the City of Norfolk will hold the following meetings on TUESDAY, MAY 11, 2021, in the City Hall Building, 810 Union Street:  

1.         4:00 p.m. Informal Meeting

2.         6:00 p.m. Formal Meeting    

This meeting is being held by electronic communication means pursuant to Item 4-0.01 in House Bill 30 (Chapter 1289) of the 2020 Session. 

The Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia has declared a State of Emergency due to the public health danger of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, which constitutes a disaster and emergency under Virginia Code Section 44-146.16. 

The COVID-19 pandemic makes it impracticable or unsafe for the City Council to assemble in a single location. 

The purpose of this meeting is to discuss or transact the business statutorily required or necessary to continue operations of this public body and the discharge of its lawful purposes, duties, and responsibilities.

This meeting will be conducted by the following electronic communication means: telephonically and electronically through WebEx. 

The public may electronically obtain a copy of the meeting notification/agenda on or before Friday, May 7, 2021, online at www.norfolk.gov.  

There will be no public comment at the Joint meeting or informal meeting.  

Comments at the formal meeting will be limited to agenda items only and accepted by the Clerk’s Office by 3:00 p.m. the day of the hearing.  

The formal meeting will not include a “new business” session.   

In order to comply with State and Federal recommendations, occupancy will be limited. Public access to listen to or observe the meeting in real-time without attending the meeting in person will be available through these platforms:

1. For Norfolk Residents on NorfolkTV-48

2. Through livestream on the City’s website: https://www.norfolk.gov/1119/City-Council-Meeting-Videos-Podcasts 

3. Through WebEx Video:  https://convoice.webex.com

  • Informal Meeting: 4:00 p.m. 
  • Formal Meeting:    6:00 p.m. 
    • Meeting Number:  160 356 4559 
    • Password:  council2021#

4. Through WebEx Phone: 1-415-655-0002 

  •  Informal Meeting: 4:00 p.m. 
  • Formal Meeting:    6:00 p.m. 
    • Meeting Number:  160 356 4559  
    • Password:  council2021#

The City Clerk will be responsible for receiving comments from the public before the formal meeting. Anyone who wishes to submit a comment on an agenda item and not attend the meeting in person may participate by videoconference, phone or email by following these steps prior to the meeting:

  1. Email ccouncil@norfolk.gov or call 757-664-4253 and leave a name and phone number.  A staff member will call back.  
  2. For email comments: provide name, agenda item and comment. The Clerk will note your email and agenda item for the formal record.  
  3. Requests to speak on an agenda item are accepted by 3:00 p.m. the day of the Council meeting.  
  4. To participate by phone:  email ccouncil@norfolk.gov or call 757-664-4253 and provide name, agenda item and phone number.  A member of the Clerk’s staff will call you when Council is ready for your comment.  (You will have 3 minutes to address the Council).  
  5. To participate by videoconference: either email ccouncil@norfolk.gov or call 757-664-4253 and provide name, agenda item and phone number. (You will have 3 minutes to address the Council). 

1. Through WebEx Video:  https://convoice.webex.com

  • Formal Meeting:  6:00 p.m. 
  • Meeting Number:  160 356 4559 
    • Password:   council2021#

 2. Through WebEx Phone: 1-415-655-0002 

  • Formal Meeting: 6:00 p.m. 
  • Access Code: 160 356 4559 
  • Password:   council2021#

A member of the Clerk’s staff will unmute you when Council is ready for your comment.

Note: Persons needing special assistance, such as a handheld microphone or ASL         interpreter, or any other accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act are         asked to call the City Clerk's Office at 664-4253 at least three days before the meeting.

Richard A. Bull
City Clerk

Virginian Pilot – Friday, May 7, 2021

Vision Statement

  • Norfolk is a national leader in the quality of life offered to all its citizens.
  • This is achieved through effective partnerships between city government and its constituents.
  • As a result, Norfolk is a physically attractive, socially supportive, and financially sound city.
  • Here, the sense of community is strong.
  • Neighborhoods are designed so that people of all ages can know their neighbors and travel the streets and sidewalks safely.
  • The sense of community exists citywide.
  • Norfolk is known nationally as a strategically located place where there are abundant and fulfilling employment, recreational, and educational opportunities.