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.

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Upcoming Meetings

September 28, 2021

  • Informal Meeting, 4:00 p.m.
  • Formal Meeting, 6:00 p.m. 

City Council meetings are open to the public. 

Informal sessions are held prior to the formal sessions. There is no public comment at informal meetings. Public comments are accepted at the formal sessions for agenda items and new business.

In accordance with CDC guidelines, occupancy will be limited and seating will be physically distanced. Masks are required in all City buildings. 

Appearing Before Council

The public may electronically obtain a copy of the meeting notification/agenda on or before the Thursday evening prior to the Tuesday meeting online at www.norfolk.gov/agendacenter

A citizen who wishes to address Council concerning an agenda item or new business must register to speak with the City Clerk by 3:00 pm the day of the meeting. 

To contact the Clerk’s office and register to speak, please email ccouncil@norfolk.gov or call 757-664-4253.

Speakers should advance to the podium when their names are called, state their name(s) and address(es) and indicate who they are representing. 

Comments should be limited to three minutes. 

Requests for Assistance/Accommodation

Persons needing 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 757-664-4253 at least three days before the meeting. 

Council meetings are cablecast LIVE on NorfolkTV-48, livestream of meetings is available on the City's website (www.norfolk.gov) and recordings are available following the meeting on NorfolkTV.

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.