The purpose of the Board is to advise the Town Council (Council) and Manager on planning and zoning issues to include, but not be limited to, establishment or revision of districts, regulation and restriction of the erection, construction, reconstruction, alteration, repair or use of buildings, structures or land in accordance with G.S. § 160A-382. The Board shall work on other issues assigned by the Council or Manager. The Board shall propose principles, goals, and methods, and offer guidance to the Council and Manager on planning and zoning issues.
Planning Board Members
Kelly Forrest (ETJ)*
*Extra-Territorial Jurisdiction (ETJ) Representative
Powers and Duties of the Planning Board (§ 3.05.037)
POWERS AND DUTIES (§ 3.05.037)
Pursuant to G.S. § 160A-361, the Board shall report to the Town Council and shall have the following powers and duties:
(A) At the direction of the Council and Manager, conduct studies and make recommendations on matters relating to planning and zoning issues.
(B) At their request, assist the Council and Manager in the resolution of complaints and concerns registered by the town’s citizens, governmental agencies, or other entities.
(C) All Board reports, recommendations, or requests for actions shall be coordinated, as appropriate, with other Town boards working through the Manager and Council.
(D) Because the Board is advisory in purpose, no Board member shall make, or have the authority to make, any contractual or financial obligations or arrangements on behalf of, or for, the town.
COMPOSITION AND TERMS OF OFFICE (§ 3.05.038)
(A) There shall be seven (7) members of the Board, six (6) being appointed by the Council for 2-year staggered terms. The seventh member shall be a citizen living in the town's extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ) and shall be appointed by the Craven County Commissioners in accordance with G.S. § 160A-362. All members shall serve without compensation. The terms of office shall commence on July 1 and end on June 30, 2 years later, unless appointed to fill a vacancy, in which the term would begin immediately and end when the term was scheduled to end.
(B) All members shall be residents of the Town's planning and zoning jurisdiction.
(C) The Council may remove a Board member only by taking a public vote. A Board member who misses 3 consecutive meetings without being excused by the Board shall be considered to have resigned membership in the Board. The vacancy shall be filled by the Council.
(D) Only the Commissioners have the authority to remove the ETJ member from the Board. Any ETJ vacancy shall be filled by the Commissioners.
(E) All members of the Board shall have equal rights, privileges and duties with regards to all matters within the town’s planning and zoning jurisdiction.
ORGANIZATION AND PROCEDURES (§ 3.05.039)
- The Board shall elect a Chair and Vice-Chair. The Secretary need not be a member of the Board.
- The Board shall hold a minimum of 6 scheduled meetings per year or more if required by state law. Special meetings may be called by Chair, the Manager, or 2 members of the Board. All meetings shall be open to the public, shall be conducted under the rules of order established by Council, and shall be in accordance with state laws, in particular, the Open Meetings Law. A written agenda shall be prepared and published no less than 48 hours prior to a meeting. A written record of each meeting shall be kept and shall include information on attendance, findings, recommendations, and actions taken by the Board. This record shall be made available to the public.
- A quorum, comprised of more than half the current membership, shall be present at the meeting to take any official action required or authorized by this subchapter.
- The Board may adopt by-laws, rules, and other procedures not inconsistent with the town's ordinances and laws of North Carolina.
- Pursuant to G.S. § 160A-381(d), members of appointed boards providing advice to the Town Council shall not vote on recommendations regarding any zoning map or text amendment where the outcome of the matter being considered is reasonably likely to have a direct, substantial, and readily identifiable financial impact on the member.