Chatham County seeks applicants for planning board vacancies

Pittsboro, NC – Chatham County seeks applicants for two vacant seats on the planning board. Interested residents should apply by 5 p.m. on Friday, January 8, 2021.

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The Planning Board advises the Chatham County Board of Commissioners on planning, zoning and subdivision issues. One vacant seat is assigned to County Commissioner District 4, which is in the northwestern part of the county. One vacant seat is assigned to County Commissioner District 5, which is in the southwestern part of the county. Both appointment terms expire December 31, 2022. Residents from other parts of the county may apply also. 

The duties of Planning Board members include: monitoring trends related to land use; proposing needed amendments to the comprehensive plan; establishing development principles and guidelines; proposing ordinances for orderly development in accordance with the comprehensive plan; determining whether proposed developments conform to the comprehensive plan and development principles; keeping the Board of Commissioners and the public informed on planning issues and reasons for Board recommendations; and conducting meetings to receive public input.

The Planning Board typically meets the first Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m., usually in Pittsboro. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Board meetings are conducted virtually. The County can provide space for members to attend the virtual meeting should they not have adequate broadband access. 

To submit an online application to serve and to view a map of the districts of the Board of Commissioners, visit Applicants may also contact Clerk to the Board Lindsay Ray at 919-545-8302 or to get a printed or emailed copy of the application form. 

Individuals with questions about the Planning Board’s duties may contact the Planning Department at 919-548-3896 or Planning Director Jason Sullivan at .