Appearance Commission

NC Arbor Day

The Southern Pines Appearance Commission and the Town of Southern Pines celebrate National Arbor Day each year. The Town is proud to be a Tree City USA for 43 years in addition to earning the prestigious Growth Award.

In 2023, in celebration of Arbor Day, five trees were planted at Pool Park in West Southern Pines on April 28. The trees were sponsored by St. Joseph of the Pines (Belle Meade and Pine Knoll Retirement Communities), Cynthia Dowdy in honor of her husband Lem Dowdy, West Southern Pines Civic Club, Golden Star #84 Order of Eastern Star and Totally Committed Diabetic Supply.​

​​Arbor Day Tree Whitehall Tour
Arbor Day 2022 Whitehall YouTube Tour


  • 8:30 a.m.
  • Business meetings are held the third Wednesday of odd numbered months. 
  • Work sessions, where various committees meet, are held the third Wednesday of even numbered months.
  • Community Development Conference Room
    801 S.E. Service Road
    Southern Pines, NC 28387
  •  If you have any questions, please call 910-692-4863.

Agenda & Minutes

Appearance Commission Agendas & Minutes

Related Documents


The Appearance Commission has 13 volunteer members who are appointed by the Town Council. Ten members are residents of the Town and the remaining three appointees are Moore County residents within the Southern Pines extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ).

About the Commission

The Appearance Commission assists the Town with programs related to community beautification and the general appearance of the Southern Pines community. Southern Pines is committed to preserving its natural beauty and environment and the Appearance Commission has partnered with the Town on a number of successful projects and initiatives. Some of these include:

Streetscape Projects

The Appearance Commission helps to identify public areas that would benefit from new streetscaping. A recent project included the replacement of hazardous street trees along W. New Hampshire Ave. in the block near Broad Street.


The Appearance Commission oversees the Town's Adopt-A-Street program.  This community service project provides a way for groups or families to share in the work to keep Southern Pines clean and attractive. To join, please complete the agreement and mail or drop the form off at the Community Development Building, 801 SE Service Road, Southern Pines NC 28387. When "adopting a street,” you agree to help maintain a stretch of roadway that is at least six blocks long. The commitment is to clean up both sides of the street every three months (4 times a year). Each participating group will be recognized with a personalized sign to acknowledge participation in the Adopt-A-Street Program.

Sprucing Up Southern Pines Award Program

The "Sprucing Up Southern Pines” award program is led by the Appearance Commission.  The program recognizes residents and businesses who have made a noticeable effort to clean up, repair, improve, or otherwise enhance their exterior property.  The goal of this program is to encourage further community improvements and enhance the Town's visual image and economic vitality. Property owners will be presented a temporary sign to display in their yard and will be recognized collectively at a Town Council meeting. 

Nomination Form for the Sprucing Up Southern Pines Award

Sprucing Up Southern Pines

Congratulations to our 2023 Sprucing Up Southern Pines Winners!

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  • 150 N. Leak Street
  • Rec Room Bar & Arcade
  • Banh-Sen Noodle Bar
  • McLeod's Funeral Home
  • Pinehurst Medical Clinic
  • Pinehurst Surgical Clinic
  • Pine Knoll at St. Joseph of the Pines
  • Bellemeade at S. Joseph of the Pines
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