What does the Planning Board do and how I can participate?

The Planning Board is a volunteer board supported by Planning Department staff that advises the Southern Pines Town Council on planning matters. It conducts studies related to the Town's growth, development, and redevelopment, and makes recommendations to the Town Council based on its findings and on the experience of its members. It also interprets the standards of the zoning ordinances and hears individual cases by citizens such as appeals, requests and variance petitions (requests to deviate from typical zoning or regulation standards). The Board is made up of seven members, five of whom are residents of the Town proper and two of whom live in the Extra-territorial Jurisdiction (ETJ). You can get involved by applying to be a member of the Board and/or by attending the monthly Board meeting, where you can find out what's currently happening in the Town's development and have the chance to voice your opinions. The Board meets the second to last Thursday of every month at 6:00 pm at the Douglass Community Center, 1185 W Pennsylvania Avenue. When a seat on the Board becomes vacant, Town Council will consider all applications and notify you if you have been selected to join the Board.

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1. What do I do if I have a question or information request?
2. How do I stay up-to-date regarding planning happenings within the Town?
3. How can I find agendas and minutes from Board meetings and public hearings?
4. Are there are entities that can impact a decision on zoning for my site?
5. How can I find more information on regulations affecting the Historic District?
6. What is the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO)?
7. What is the difference between the UDO and the Code of Ordinances?
8. How can I find out more information about the UDO?
9. How can I find out about zoning?
10. What are the rules about signage?
11. How do I find out if my land is affected by endangered species or conservation regulations?
12. When are public hearings and how can I participate?
13. What does public hearing sign look like and what does it do?
14. What does the Planning Board do and how I can participate?
15. What is the Technical Review Committee?