Appearance Commission Information, etc.

Composition

  1. An Appearance Commission hereby established consisting of nine (9) members; six (6) members who are residents of the town and are appointed by Town Council, and three (3) members who reside within the town's planning jurisdiction, and shall be appointed by the Johnston County Board of Commissioners. The commission may invite individuals who have demonstrated special training or experience in a design field, such as architecture, landscape design, horticulture, city planning or a closely related field to join the commission in their discussions and duties.
  2. Tenure. Members of the Appearance Commission shall be appointed to serve terms of three (3) years, and until their respective successors have been appointed and qualified. the terms of the original members may be staggered so that all terms do not expire simultaneously. Vacancies shall be filled for un-expired term only. Faithful attendance at the meetings of the Commission is considered a prerequisite for maintenance of membership on the Commission. No member may serve more than three (3) consecutive terms or a total of ten (10 ) years on the Commission. a former member may serve for another three (3) terms or a total of ten (10 ) years after a two (2) year consecutive waiting period. During the waiting period, the citizen may serve on another board, commission, committee or authority.
  3. Officers. The Appearance Commission shall elect one (1) member to serve as chairman and preside over its meetings, and shall create and fill such offices and committees as it may deem necessary. The term of the chairman and other offices shall be one (1) year, with eligibility for reelection to a second term. Elections shall be held in August of each year.
  4. Meetings. The commission shall establish a regular meeting schedule, and shall meet at least quarterly and more often as it shall determine and require. All meetings of the board shall be open to the public, and reasonable notice of the time and place thereof shall be given to the public, in accordance with G.S. Section 160A-361 et seq. The board shall keep a record of its meetings, including attendance of its members, its resolutions, findings, recommendations and actions.
  5. Attendance at meetings. Any member of the Appearance Commission who misses more than three (3) consecutive meetings, or more than half the regular meetings in a calendar year, shall constitute grounds for the loss of status as a member of the commission, and may be replaced by the town or county board of commissioners as appropriate. Absence due to a sickness, death, or other emergency of like nature shall be recognized as an excused absence, and shall not affect the member's status on the commission, except that in the event of a long illness or other such cause for prolonged absence, the member shall be replaced.
  6. Quorum and Voting. A quorum if the commission, necessary to take any official action, shall consist of five (5) members. The concurring vote of simple majority of those members' present shall be necessary to take any official action.

Powers & Duties

The commission, at the direction of the Town Council, is authorized and empowered to undertake such actions reasonably necessary to the discharge and conduct of its duties and responsibilities as outlined in G.S. Chapter 160A, Article 19, Part 7, Sec. 160A-452, including, but not limited to:

  • To initiate, promote, and assist in the implementation of programs of general community beautification in the Selma community;
  • To review and make recommendations on the appropriateness of improvements to public facilities, including buildings, landscapes, and signs;
  • To provide leadership and guidance in mattes of community design and appearance to individuals and public and private agencies and organizations, and to develop programs to recognize those individuals and organizations making improvements to community appearance;
  • To serve as a participating member of federal, state, and local organizations whose programs bear on community appearance;
  • To prepare both general and specific plans for the improved appearance of the entire community or any portion thereof, including private as well as public property. Such plans shall set forth desirable standards and goals for the aesthetic enhancement of the community or any portion thereof, including public ways and areas, open spaces, public and private buildings and projects; and
  • To formulate and recommend to the Planning Board and Town Council the adoption or amendment of any ordinance that may affect the appearance of the community.

Meetings

The Commission shall establish a regular meeting schedule, and shall meet at least quarterly and more often as it shall determine and require. All meetings of the board shall be open to the public, and reasonable notice of the time and place thereof shall be given to the public, in accordance with G.S. Section 160A-361 et seq. The board shall keep a record of its meetings, including attendance of its members, its resolutions, findings, recommendations and actions.

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