Appearance Commission

NC Arbor Day

The Southern Pines Appearance Commission and the Town of Southern Pines recognizes Arbor Day. Currently the Town of Southern Pines has been designated as a Tree City USA for the 43'rd year in a row. This year in celebration of Arbor Day The Town of Southern Pines Appearance Commission has provided a Arbor Day Walking Tour and a link for the Arbor Day YouTube tour.

​​Arbor Day Tree White Hall Tract Tour

Arbor Day 2022 White Hall Tract YouTube Tour


  • 8:30 a.m.
  • Third Wednesday of every odd number months.
  • The Appearance Committees and members will meet for work session on even number months.
  • Community Development Conference Room
    801 S.E. Service Road
    Southern Pines, NC 28387
  •  If you have any questions, please call 910-692-4863.

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Agendas & Meetings

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

Most Recent Agenda | View All Agendas and Minutes


The commission has 13 members appointed by the Town Council – 10 members being residents of the town and three being residents of Moore County within the extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ).

About the Commission

The Appearance Commission studies the visual problems and needs of the town as well as the ETJ planning / zoning jurisdiction. This commission plans and carries out programs to enhance and improve the visual quality and aesthetic characteristics of the town and the extraterritorial jurisdiction beyond the town limits.

The Town is committed to preserving its natural beauty and environment. Buildings and grounds works closely with the Appearance Commission to maintain and improve the aesthetics of the town.


Some examples of this are:

  • Assisting in the implementation of programs of general community beautification
  • Making studies of the visual characteristics and problems of the town, including surveys and inventories
  • Providing leadership and guidance in matters of community design and appearance to individual, organizations, and agencies

Landmark Landscapes

Every year the Town focuses on a specific area for the Landmark Landscapes Program. This program aims to improve the trees and natural appearance of the area, including pruning, replanting, and implementing up-to-date best practices for tree care and maintenance. Several areas have been chosen for this exciting program.


The Southern Pines Appearance Commission is working to keep Southern Pines Beautiful. The Appearance Commission is offering an Adopt-A-Street program as a way for groups to help in the beautification effort in Southern Pines. To participate please fill out the attached agreement and send to Birtha Shaw or Jack Taylor at 140 Memorial Park Ct., Southern Pines NC 28387. We will need a signed agreement to adopt the street of your choice after approval by the Southern Pines Appearance Commission. Adopt at least a six-block stretch roadway and maintain both sides of the street every three months (4 times a year). Each participating group will be recognized with a personalized sign to acknowledge their participation in our Adopt-A-Street Program.

Sprucing Up Southern Pines Award Program

The "Sprucing Up Southern Pines Award Program" is an annual program administered by the Town of Southern Pines Appearance Commission.  The Town is committed to preserving its natural beauty and environment.

The award serves to recognize those business owners and residential property owners who have made an effort to clean, repair, improve and enhance the overall aesthetics of their property to maintain the beauty of their neighborhood and surroundings thereby improving the aesthetics of the town.  It is presented to encourage community improvements and enhance the town's visual image and economic vitality.

Commercial, industrial, and residential site improvements, upgrades, additions, landscapes, renovations, and new structures that are architecturally noteworthy are all examples of desired improvements.  Qualified recipients in each of the residential and commercial/industrial categories may be chosen.

The Appearance Commissions will accept nominations for the "Sprucing Up Southern Pines" award throughout the year.  Award winners will be selected as the nominations are received and property owners will be notified and presented with a temporary sign of display in their yard at that time.  Additionally, award winning properties and property owners will be publicly recognized at the November town council meeting of the current year.

See Link here for the nominations form and more details.

Sprucing Up Southern Pines

Congratulations to the Winners for the Commercial and Residential for 2021
  • 360 Indiana Ave
  • 190 W Pennsylvania Ave
  • The Sunrise Theatre
  • 1650 Richards St.
  • 850 Michigan Ave.
  • 340 Page St.
  • 275 S Valley Rd
  • 10 Camelia Way
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