Planning

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 Boards and Services

General services provided by the Planning Department 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 Department works with two citizen boards that meet regularly; the Planning Board and the Board of Adjustment.  Board responsibilities are as follows:

PLANNING BOARD – An advisory board that reviews 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 (Chair)

12/2025

               Ada Barnes Morgan (Vice Chair)

12/2025

               William Gaines

11/2022

               Michael Brinkley

07/2025

               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 appeals.  MEETING SCHEDULE: As caseload demands, on the 1st Tuesday of the month at 6:00 p.m.

               

          Members:

  Term Expires:

Eleanor Battle-Sharpe (Chair)

07/2024

Wayne Calhoun

06/2025

Charlie Cobb

05/2020

Bonnie Salmon

06/2025

Billy Trevathan

12/2024

Mike Edmondson (Alternates)

06/2025

Maria El Faysal (Alternates)

07/2024