Intergovernmental Relations

2019 Legislative Priorities

The legislative priorities for the City of Norfolk are Coastal Resilience, Strong and Safe Neighborhoods, Education and Transit and Transportation. The city supports policies and legislation that uphold these core principals.

Read the City of Norfolk's 2019 Legislative Agenda

Coastal Resilience

The city is supportive of both mitigation and adaptation efforts to address the changing climate, sea level rise and increased flooding. The city has adopted the most resilient zoning code in the country to prepare for these challenges.

Strong and Safe Neighborhoods

Norfolk seeks to ensure that all residents share in its success. Nearly one-third of residents are significantly rent-burdened, spending more than half of their income on housing. Norfolk seeks to break the cycle of intergenerational poverty, transform physical space and provide opportunities for residents around housing, education, health and wellness.


The City of Norfolk works in partnership with Norfolk Public Schools and other institutions of higher education. As home to the largest urban school district in Norfolk, the city supports actions for the Commonwealth to fund public education, school construction and maintenance.

Transit and Transportation

Norfolk is one of the most multi-modal communities in the Commonwealth with light rail, bus and ferry service, Amtrak, Norfolk International Airport, bike share, trails and more. Norfolk has the opportunity to effectively integrate many modes of transportation into a system that provides our residents with affordable, reliable and efficient options to move around the city and the region.