Chatham County seeks applicants for vacancies on advisory committees

Pittsboro, NC – Chatham County seeks to fill several vacancies on key advisory committees, the Climate Change Advisory Committee and Appearance Commission. The deadline for interested residents to apply to fill these vacancies is 5 p.m. on July 17, 2020.

Chatham County Climate Change Advisory Committee

The Climate Change Advisory Committee seeks to fill up to five vacancies. Residents do not need to complete another application if they have already applied to serve on the Climate Change Advisory Committee in the past 12 months.

The Climate Change Advisory Committee makes recommendations to the Board of Commissioners related to climate change impacts in Chatham County. The committee looks at concepts such as: reducing emissions of greenhouse gases (primarily CO₂) with related improvements in air quality; promoting the use of renewable energy; advancing carbon neutral/green building standards for new and existing buildings (both public and private); encouraging resilient conservation-oriented land uses; and supporting both residential and commercial land development standards that foster climate change mitigation and adaptation.

The individuals appointed by the Chatham County Board of Commissioners to fill the vacancies will serve staggered terms. One term will expire June 30, 2021, three terms will expire June 30, 2022, and one term will expire June 30, 2023.  All individuals appointed would be eligible for reappointment to a three-year term.

The Board of Commissioners seeks applicants who live in the county, support the mission of the committee, and who have the time and resources available to devote to the work and research required. The committee typically meets the fourth Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in Pittsboro.

Expertise in one of the following areas is desirable but not required: renewable energy systems; building efficiency; green building standards and conservation standards (in both residential and commercial settings); transportation efficiency standards and fuel options; forestry and agricultural practices and management; ecology and environmental science; and literature relating to the science of climate change.

Applicants should indicate their interest and willingness to serve as an officer on the Climate Change Advisory Committee. Officers include the Chair, Vice Chair and Secretary.

Chatham County Appearance Commission

The Appearance Commission has a vacant seat and seeks applicants for one open slot. It especially needs members with expertise in plant knowledge, landscaping and landscape design.

The commission establishes and oversees programs to enhance the appearance of the county. The commission also reviews and comments on non-residential site plans for Business, Industrial and Conditional Zoning Districts, as well as Conditional Use Permits. It typically meets the fourth Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m. in Pittsboro.

The person appointed by the Board of Commissioners to fill the vacancy would serve until June 30, 2022, but would be eligible for reappointment for a full three-year term.

How to Apply

All appointees must live in Chatham County. The online application form can be found here. Interested applicants may also contact Lindsay Ray at 919-542-8302 or to have a copy mailed or emailed to them. 

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