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Chatham commissioners announce new planning board appointments

Posted Wednesday, December 15, 2010

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Pittsboro, NC - During its meeting on Monday, the Chatham County Board of Commissioners announced five appointments to the Planning Board. The new members are:

  • John Phillip Canterbury
  • Karl Ernst
  • Mike Grigg
  • Dwayne Howard
  • Katherine Butler, At-Large Appointment
February 2007 revisions to the county’s ordinance for establishing the Planning Board changed the terms of most Planning Board seats to coincide with the terms of the appointing county commissioners. This change gave the three new commissioners to two appointments each, subject to approval by the full Board of Commissioners. The board also filled one at-large seat vacancy. Two additional seats will be filled in the near future.

“In making these appointments, we want Chatham County residents to know that our purpose is for the Planning Board to focus on reviewing ordinances, plans and guidelines to ensure that they are reasonable and effective,” said Commissioner Chairman Brian Bock. “We can both protect the environment and make our planning process less burdensome and costly for applicants. These are not mutually exclusive goals.”

The Planning Board has the following duties: advising the Board of Commissioners on planning, zoning and subdivision issues; monitoring trends related to land use; proposing needed amendments to plans, ordinances or guidelines; determining whether proposed developments are in compliance; keeping the county commissioners and the public informed on planning issues; and conducting public meetings as needed to get public input.

 
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