Planning Board Information, etc.

Appointments and Terms

  1. There shall be a Planning Board consisting of seven (7) members, and two (2) alternate members may also be appointed to the Board. Four (4) full members appointed by the Town Council shall reside within town. Three (3) members appointed by the Johnston County Board of Commissioners, shall reside in the town's extraterritorial jurisdiction. Two (2) alternates may be appointed by the Town Council. If either of the alternate positions is to be filled by a resident in the extraterritorial jurisdiction, the Johnston County Board of Commissioners must also approve the appointment. If, despite good faith efforts, enough residents of the extraterritorial jurisdiction cannot be found to fill the seats reserved for residents of that area, then the Johnston County Board of Commissioners may appoint other residents of the County (including residents of the Town) to fill these seats. If the Johnston County Board of Commissioners fails to make these appointments within ninety (90) days after receiving a resolution from the Town Council requesting that they be made, the Town Council may make them.
  2. Board members shall be appointed for three year staggered terms, but members may continue to serve until their successors have been appointed. Vacancies shall be filled for the unexpired terms only.
  3. The alternates may sit in lieu of either in-town or out-of-town members. All members (including alternate members when sitting in lieu of a regular member)  may participate in and vote on all issues before the Board regardless of whether the issue affects property within the Town or within the extraterritorial jurisdiction.
  4. Faithful attendance at the meetings of the Board is considered a prerequisite for maintenance of membership on the Board. No member may serve more than three (3) consecutive terms or a total of the (10) years on the Planning Board. 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.


  1. The Planning Board shall establish a regular meeting schedule and shall meet frequently enough so that it can take action in conformity with section 17-1405, "Applications to be Processed Expeditiously."
  2. When the Board acts solely in its advisory capacity (for example, when it considers rezoning applications), it need not conduct its meetings (or portions of meetings) strictly in accordance with the quasi-judicial procedures set forth in articles XIV and VI, Part 1 of this chapter. However, it shall conduct its meetings so as to obtain necessary information and to promote the full and free exchange of ideas.
  3. When the Planning Board considers recommendations on special use permits, it acts in a legislative capacity and, accordingly, is not required to observe the procedural requirements set forth in articles VI and XIV of this chapter. When the Planning Board presents recommendations to the Town Council on quasi-judicial matters, such as special use permits, the presenters shall present sworn testimony and observe all of the requirements of a quasi-judicial proceeding.
  4. Minutes shall be kept of all Board proceedings.
  5. All Board meetings shall be open to the public, and whenever feasible the agenda for each Board meeting shall be made available in advance of the meeting.
  6. Whenever the Board is called upon to make recommendations concerning a conditional zoning request, notice shall be given in accordance with section 17-1703. Whenever the Board is called upon to consider a special use permit request, notice shall be given in accordance with section 17-1451.

Powers and Duties

The Planning Board may:

  1. Studies. The Planning Board may make careful studies of present conditions and probable future development of the town and its environs. Such studies may include but are not limited to land use surveys; population studies; economics base studies; schools, park and recreation studies; traffic and parking studies; pedestrian studies and master planning; and urban renewal studies;
  2. Plans. At the direction the Town Council, the Board may formulate and maintain a comprehensive plan of the town and its environs for the purpose of achieving a coordinated, adjusted and harmonious development of the municipality which would promote , in accordance with present and future needs, the safety, morals, order convenience, prosperity and general welfare of its citizens; efficiency and economy in the process of development; convenience of traffic; safe and connected pedestrian access; safety from fire and other dangers; adequate light and air; healthful and convenient distribution of population; provision of adequate open spaces; good civic design and arrangement; wise and efficient expenditure of public funds; adequate provision for public utilities; and for other matters pertaining to the public requirements. The comprehensive plan shall consist of  a number of parts which may include but are not limited to the following: a land use plan, a major thoroughfare plan, a utilities plan, a plan for economic development, a recreation plan, a school plan, and a community facilities plan;
  3. Develop and recommend to the Town Council policies, ordinances, administrative procedures, and other means for carrying out plans in a coordinated and efficient manner;
  4. Make recommendations to the Town Council concerning proposed conditional use rezoning, text amendments and proposed zoning map changes, as provided by sections 17-610, "Special Use Permit", and 17-1702, "Planning Board Consideration of Proposed Amendments";
  5. Powers of Review. The Board shall review and make recommendations to the Town Council upon the extent, location and design of all public structures and facilities; on the acquisition and disposal of public properties; on the opening, abandonment, widening, extension, narrowing or other change to streets and other public ways; on the construction, extension, expansion or abandonment of utilities whether publicly or privately owned. However, in the absence of a recommendation from the Board after the expiration of thirty (30) days from the date on which the question has been submitted in writing to the Board, the Town Council may, if it deems wise, take final action;
  6. Perform any other duties assigned by the Town Council.

The Planning Board may adopt rules and regulations governing its procedures and operations not inconsistent with provisions of this chapter.

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