The Edgecombe County Planning Office oversees land development planning and permitting. Included in this responsibility is administration of the county’s Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) including Zoning, Subdivision, Mobile Home Park, Junk Vehicle, and Flood Damage Prevention. The Planning Office administers these ordinances in conjunction with the long-range Land Development Plan for Edgecombe County. The purpose of land development planning is to ensure orderly growth and development patterns that will enhance the County’s economic well being.

The Planning Office also administers special projects relating to land development. Special projects currently being administered are:

  • Enhanced 911 (E-911) County Addressing Project
  • Countywide Water Districting Project
  • Housing Rehabilitation Programs

General Services & Boards
General services provided by the Planning Office include verification of zoning, census tract, and flood hazard information. Additionally, planning staff is available to consult with property owners and potential developers about the land subdivision and development review process. Copies of ordinances and county maps are available for a limited fee, to assist citizens in understanding the land development process.

The Planning Office works with two citizen boards that meet regularly; the Planning Board and Board of Adjustment (BOA). The responsibilities of each board are as follows:

PLANNING BOARD – An advisory board that reviews major land subdivision plats, rezoning requests, and land development ordinance amendments. Recommendations are referred to the Board of Commissioners. Periodically the Planning Board evaluates land development policies and trends to assess the need for changes.
MEETING SCHEDULE: Monthly on the 3rd Monday at 6:00 p.m. NOTE: There is a fee associated with submission of subdivision plats. The fee varies according to size of development.

             MEMBERS                    TERM EXPIRES
      Jonathan Melvin                           12/2020
      Ada Barnes Morgan                           12/2020
      William Gaines                            11/2022
      Fred Hampton                            11/2021
      Edna Parker                            11/2022
      John Smith                            11/2021
      Reuben Thompson IV                           06/2025

 BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT – A quasi-judicial appeals board that grants variances from zoning ordinance development standards (pursuant to hardships) and conditional use permits. Appeals of BOA rulings are to the court system.  MEETING SCHEDULE: As caseload demands, on the 1st Tuesday of the month at 6:00 p.m.

           MEMBERS                   TERM EXPIRES
  Charlie Cobb (Chair)                         05/2020
  James E. Bridgers (Vice Chair)                         09/2018
  John A. Killebrew                         03/2021
  Maria El Faysal                         07/2021
  Eleanor R. Battle-Sharpe                         07/2021
  Billy Trevathan                         12/2021
  Richard T. Wells                         09/2018