Wetlands Board


  • 6 p.m.
  • 3rd Thursday of every month, when wetlands applications are pending before the Board
  • Municipal Center Building
    442 W Washington Street
    Suffolk, VA 23434

Please note that these meetings are tentatively scheduled and are subject to cancellation.

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.

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  • Mr. Geoffrey Hinshelwood, Chairman
  • Mr. Darius Davenport, Vice-Chairman
  • Mr. Sidney B. Hazelwood, II
  • Mr. Carter Hotchkiss
  • Ms. Stella Payne
  • Mr. Richard Vroman
  • Mr. James Winters
  • Capt. Steven R. Barnum, Alternate
  • Mr. David T. Joyner, Alternate


The Suffolk Wetlands Board is a State mandated body whose seven members are appointed by the City Council, and is responsible for the review of requests for permits for the alteration, development, or use of wetlands. The Wetlands Board is also responsible for the enforcement of the wetlands regulation as mandated in State Code § 28.2-1300 through 28.2-1320, and the Suffolk UDO § 31-418, as well as the investigation of unauthorized activities affecting wetlands and the rectification of violations.

Before development occurs in wetlands or navigable waters, an individual is required to submit a Joint Permit Application (JPA). The purpose of the JPA is to determine if permits for development are required from the City of Suffolk Wetlands Board as well as several state and federal agencies such as the Virginia Marine Resource Commission (VMRC), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), and Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ).


Please direct all correspondence to one of the staff coordinator, Kevin Wyne, who will forward the information to the respective Wetlands Board members.