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The Board of Aldermen appoint citizens to serve on advisory boards and commissions. These volunteers perform a vital role in our community by contributing their time, expertise and talent to the Town. As advisory board members, they serve willingly and without compensation. They interpret town codes, they counsel and advise elected officials and they listen to citizen appeals.

Please see below for details concerning the activities of these committees and commissions. A committee application form is available online by following the link to the left or by clicking HERE. A list of current membership may be viewed by clicking on the appropriate link to the left or by clicking HERE.

If you have any questions or would like further information, you can email the Town Clerk. Please scroll down to view the listing of Advisory Boards.

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The Town Clerk’s Office may be contacted by U.S. mail: Town Clerk’s Office, 301 West Main Street, Carrboro, N.C. 27510, telephone: 918-7309, email: TownClerk@ci.carrboro.nc.us or in person at the Carrboro Town Hall. An application will be sent immediately.

Advisory Boards - Table of Contents

Arts Committee
Economic Sustainability Commission
Human Services Advisory Commission
OWASA Board of Directors
Orange County Economic Development Commission
Orange County Human Relations Commission
Personnel Advisory Committee
Recreation and Parks Commission

Board of Adjustment*
Appearance Commission*
Environmental Advisory Board*
Northern Transition Area Advisory Committee*
Planning Board*
Transportation Advisory Board*
Northern Study Area Plan Implementation Review Committee (NSAPIRC)*
Greenways Commission*

*Staff support provided by Planning Department.

Board of Adjustment

The Board of Adjustment consists of nine members. Seven members, appointed by the board of aldermen, shall reside within the town. One member, appointed by the Orange County Board of Commissioners, shall reside within the town's extraterritorial planning area. One member, appointed by the Orange County Board of Commissioners, shall reside within the town's joint planning transition area.

The Board of Adjustment shall hear and decide:

  1. Appeals from any order, decision, requirement, or interpretation made by the administrator.
  2. Applications for special use permits.
  3. Applications for variances.
  4. Applications for special exception permits.
  5. Questions involving interpretation of the zoning map, including disputed district boundary lines and lot lines.
  6. Applications for major subdivisions containing between five and twelve lots.
  7. Any other matters the board is required to act upon by any other town ordinance.

The Board of Adjustment meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. if there are items for the Board's consideration.

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Appearance Commission/NPDC

The Appearance Commission consists of nine members appointed by the board of aldermen. All members of the commission shall either reside, own property, or operate a business within the town's planning jurisdiction.

The Appearance Commission:

  1. Initiates, promotes, and assists in the implementation of programs for general community beautification within the town's planning jurisdiction.
  2. Seeks to coordinate the activities of individuals, agencies, organizations and groups, public and private, whose plans, activities and programs bear upon the appearance of the town and its environs.
  3. Directs the attention of the mayor and the board of aldermen to ways in which the town government may take direct action affecting the appearance of the town and its environs.
  4. Makes recommendations upon any permit or other item referred to the commission by the board of aldermen, planning board, board of adjustment, or administrator.
  5. Appoints subcommittees (consisting of commission members) or advisory groups (consisting of commission members, persons who are not non commission members or any combination thereof) to advise and assist the commission in carrying out its duties.
  6. Takes any other action authorized by this chapter or any other ordinance or resolution of the board of aldermen.

The Appearance Commission also serves as the neighborhood preservation district commission as has the following duties:

  1. Seeks to promote, enhance and preserve the character and heritage of neighborhood preservation districts and to this end may:
    1. Undertake an inventory of areas of cultural or historical significance within the jurisdiction of the town to identify for all public officials and public bodies those characteristics which define significant areas within the jurisdiction;
    2. Recommend to the board of aldermen areas to be designated or removed from designation by ordinance as neighborhood preservation districts;
    3. Conduct an educational program with respect to the special character of neighborhood preservation districts;
    4. Prepare or review studies and plans for consideration by the governing bodies in taking action that affects the preservation and enhancement of such districts;
    5. Recommend to the board of aldermen such action as will enhance and preserve the special character of neighborhood preservation districts;
    6. Cooperate with public and private officials, organizations, agencies, and groups, which are concerned with and have an impact upon neighborhood preservation districts;
    7. Submit annually to the board of aldermen a written report of its activities and identify activities, including violations of ordinances and plans that affect the district.
    8. Review all applications for zoning, sign, special use, or conditional use permits within a district, and all building permits required for any work involving the construction, removal, or alteration of an exterior feature of a building within a district, and at the commission's discretion exercise authority to delay the issuance of such permits.

The Appearance Commission meets on the first Thursday and third Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m.

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Arts Committee

Arts Committee shall consist of nine members appointed by the board of Aldermen.

The committee shall:

  1. Recommend to the board of aldermen a policy for the selection of art to be displayed in or on public facilities.
  2. Coordinate arrangements to have art work displayed on town property, in conjunction with the staff of the Recreation and Parks Department.
  3. Work collaboratively with the community on projects related to the arts. Members of the arts committee may assist in community fund raising activities, but any funds received by the committee or by members acting in their official capacity must be accounted for, and all expenditures by the committee must be made, in accordance with the provisions of the Local Government Budget and Fiscal Control Act. Such funds may be received and expended by the Town only for purposes for which the Town is statutorily authorized to expend public funds.
  4. Report to the Board as requested and perform such additional duties as the Board may request from time to time.

The committee meets the second Monday of each month at 6:00 p.m.

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Economic Sustainability Commission

The Economic Sustainability Commission is composed of eight members appointed by the Board of Aldermen. All members of this commission shall either reside within the town, own property within the town, or have a principal place of employment within the town. The Board shall endeavor to appoint at least one person who resides within the immediate vicinity of downtown Carrboro as well as at least one person who owns or operates a business within this area.

The commission will:

  1. Evaluate commercial growth, development, and redevelopment to ensure projects correspond with the town’s sustainability goals and the triple bottom-line sustainability principles:
    • Do no harm to the environment and protect natural resources.
    • Adhere to the principles of social justice and equity in economic and community development efforts.
    • Return strong stakeholders value.
  2. Promote the development and expansion of diverse job opportunities, providing for economic opportunity and mobility.
  3. Administer the Revolving Loan Fund.
  4. Work closely with the Town Manager or his designee for dealing with sustainability issues.
  5. Make studies and recommend to the Board plans, goals, and objectives relating to the growth, development, and redevelopment of the town.
  6. Recommend to the Board site-specific plans for the commercial development of various lots within the town, showing recommended types of development for these specific lots.
  7. Recommend to the Board plans for the improvement of access to and circulation within the town by motorists (including parking), public transportation users, bicyclists, and pedestrians.
  8. Upon request of the board of adjustment or board of aldermen, make recommendations to the respective board on requests for special or conditional use permits or land use ordinance text or zoning map changes.
  9. Perform any other duties assigned by the Board.

The Economic Sustainability Commission meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m.

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Environmental Advisory Board

The Environmental Advisory Board may:

  1. Advise the Board of Alderman on policies, ordinances, and administrative procedures regarding environmental protection and the conservation of natural resources. The areas of review for the EAB include new development, solid waste, air quality, stormwater management, energy conservation, solar energy, groundwater, natural resources, and other areas.
  2. Suggest to developers ways to utilize energy efficient designed techniques such as day-lighting, siting, solar exterior lights, and other solar energy techniques as they become economically viable. This input from the EAB is to come at the request of the Board of Aldermen or as part of a concept review procedure.
  3. Adopt a set of guiding principles or goals for the EAB and review these goals periodically to determine if they are being obtained.
  4. Take any other action authorized by this chapter or any other ordinance or resolution of the Board of Alderman.
  5. The EAB is the lead advisory board for stormwater management. Responsibilities include providing support for implementation of the Town’s NPDES Phase II stormwater permit, requirements for managing runoff under the Jordan Lake rules, and community outreach. Citizens with an interest in serving on the EAB are not required to have extensive background in stormwater management, but should have an interest in providing this support.

The Environmental Advisory Board meets on the first Thursday of each month.

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Human Services Advisory Commission

The Human Services Advisory Commission consists of seven members appointed by the Board of Aldermen. Members shall be residents of the Town of Carrboro and one member may be a resident of either the town or the town's extraterritorial planning area.

The principal function of the commission shall be to study all funding applications received by the town from non departmental agencies and to make recommendations to the Board of Aldermen on these funding requests. The Board of Aldermen may establish a specific budget amount and direct that the sum total of all the commission's funding recommendations not exceed this budgeted amount.

The Human Services Commission meets primarily at budget time at 7:30 p.m.

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Northern Transition Area Advisory Committee

The Northern Transition Area Advisory Committee consists of five members, three appointed by the Orange County Board of Commissioners and two by the Board of Aldermen. All members shall be residents of the unannexed portions of the Northern Study Area.

The committee shall:

  1. Review zoning amendment requests and special and conditional use permit applications for developments within the Northern Transition Area and make recommendations on the same to the board of adjustment or board of aldermen, respectively.
  2. Initiate studies related to the special character of the Northern Study Area.
    1. Inventory of areas of cultural, archaeological, or historical significance.
    2. Inventory of open space character and scenic qualities.
    3. Inventory of agricultural uses
      1. Land in Use Value
        1. Horticultural
        2. Agricultural
        3. Timber
      2. Farming as business
        1. Large field crops
        2. Metro farms, specialty crops
    4. Inventory of biological value
      1. Tree species diversity, exceptional tracts of forest land
      2. Rare occurrences (i.e. Upland Depression Swamp)
      3. Wildlife
        1. Audubon annual bird count
        2. Deer population
  3. Use the studies above as the basis of its development of, and recommendations for, additional policies, objectives, goals, plans, ordinances, and administrative actions that will preserve and enhance that special character, and relate to its growth.
  4. Develop and recommend to the Board of Aldermen policies, ordinances, administrative procedures and other means for carrying out plans in an efficient and coordinated manner.
  5. Track and review other studies and plans that will have an impact on the Northern Study Area - including those of the Chapel Hill Town Council, The Orange County Board of County Commissioners and their appointed committees - and give feedback to the originating governing body.
  6. Meet annually with the Carrboro Planning Board for a joint planning session.
  7. Submit regular reports to the Orange County Board of Commissioners
  8. Perform other duties as assigned by the Board of Aldermen.

(The schedule for meetings has not yet been set.)

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OWASA Board of Directors

The Town of Carrboro has two representatives on the Orange Water and Sewer Authority (OWASA) Board of Directors. As members of the OWASA Board, you will:

  1. Assist in establishing operating policies in such areas as personnel, purchasing, budgeting, water and sewer expansion, reimbursement agreements, rates, billing and similar areas of operation.
  2. Assist in the overview and approval of general system development, such as new water supplies, new wastewater treatment facilities, water transmission mains, and sewer outfall lines.
  3. Share in the responsibility for the fiscal integrity of the Orange Water and Sewer Authority.
  4. Report to the Carrboro Board of Aldermen as requested by the Board and perform such duties as the Board may request from time to time.

The OWASA Board meets the second and fourth Thursdays of each month at 7:00 p.m. The first meeting is held at the OWASA building in Carrboro, the second meeting is held at the Chapel Hill Town Hall.

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Orange County Economic Development Commission

The Town of Carrboro has one representative on the Orange County Economic Development Commission. As a member, you will:

  1. Assist in carrying out an economic development program for all portions of Orange County and its encompassed municipalities.
  2. Formulate projects in cooperation with local governments for carrying out such an economic development program to address the need for gainful employment and upgrading skill levels for current county residents as primary goals.
  3. Furnish advice and assistance to existing businesses wishing to alter or expand operations to prospects desiring to locate in Orange County and to developers of office parks and shopping centers.
  4. Encourage stimulation of locally owned enterprises, small businesses and farm operations, such as through local marketing of locally produced farm goods.
  5. Encourage policies that take account of scare natural resources such as water, existing and proposed water supply watersheds, and prime and locally important farmlands, and which reflect sound overall development patterns and the public cost of servicing these patterns.
  6. Conduct commercial and industrial surveys as needed
  7. Carry on such other activities as may be necessary in the proper exercise of the functions described herein.

The Orange County Economic Development Commission meets on the second Thursday of each month at 5:00 p.m. in the Orange County Economic Development Building in Hillsborough.

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Orange County Human Relations Commission

The Town of Carrboro has two representatives on the Orange County Human Relations Commission. As a member, you will:

  1. Seek to prevent and eliminate bias and discrimination because of race, color, creed, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, affectional preference, disability, age, marital status, or status with regard to public assistance, by means of education, persuasion, conciliation and enforcement, and utilize all of the powers at its disposal to execute the provisions of this title.
  2. Advise the Board of County Commissioners with respect to matters relating to the Commission's purpose.
  3. Cooperate with and seek to advise and coordinate the activities of persons or groups interested in the objectives of this title.
  4. Receive, or on the basis of its own information, initiate, complaints alleging discrimination and conduct such investigations and inquiries as may reasonably appear necessary to find the facts with respect thereto.
  5. Conduct public meetings and hearings, and gather and disseminate information to governmental agencies and to the public.

The Human Relations Commission meets on the second Monday of each month at 7:15 p.m. in the Orange County Government Services Building in Hillsborough.

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Personnel Advisory Committee

The Town Manager appoints a five-member Personnel Advisory Committee (PAC). Three members shall be persons who are not currently employed by the Town of Carrboro, two members of the PAC shall be town employees.

The PAC advises the Town Manager in making decisions on grievances.

The PAC meets on an as needed basis.

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Planning Board

The Planning Board consists of eleven members. Nine members, appointed by the Board of Aldermen, shall reside within the town. One member, appointed by the Orange County Board of Commissioners, shall reside within the town’s extraterritorial planning area. One member, appointed by the Orange County Board of Commissioners, shall reside within the town’s joint planning transition area.

The Planning Board:

  1. Makes studies and recommends to the board of aldermen plans, goals and objectives relating to the growth, development and redevelopment of the town and the surrounding extra-territorial planning area.
  2. Develops and recommends to the board of aldermen policies, ordinances, administrative procedures and other means for carrying out plans in a coordinated and efficient manner.
  3. Makes recommendations to the board of aldermen concerning proposed conditional use permits and proposed zoning map changes.
  4. Performs any other duties assigned by the board of aldermen.

The Planning Board meets on the first and third Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m.

Planning Board Outreach

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Recreation and Parks Commission

The Recreation and Parks Commission is composed of eleven members appointed by the Board of Aldermen. One member shall be selected from the Board of Aldermen and one shall be selected as a representative from the local school system. Of the remaining nine at large members, seven shall be residents of the town and two shall be residents of Orange County, outside the town limits.

The commission shall advise the Board of Aldermen and the administration (i.e., the Manager or recreation director) concerning:

  1. The acquisition of real or personal property to be used for park or recreation purposes and the maintenance and use of all town owned, leased or operated parks and recreational facilities;
  2. The operation of all recreation programs;
  3. Future needs for the acquisition of additional recreation facilities or the expansion of recreational programs and alternative means of acquiring such facilities or operating such programs.

The commission shall report to the Board of Aldermen as requested by the Board and shall undertake such studies or perform such duties as the Board may request from time to time.

The Recreation and Parks Commission meets on the first Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m.

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Transportation Advisory Board

The Transportation Advisory Board (TAB) consists of eight members appointed by the board of aldermen. Seven members ("regular members") shall be residents of the town who are interested in or have expertise relevant to the duties of the TAB. The eighth member (the "liaison member") shall be a member of the board of aldermen and shall act as a liaison between the board of aldermen and the TAB.

The TAB shall conduct studies and advise and make recommendations to the board of aldermen concerning all matters relating to the transportation within the Town of Carrboro and the surrounding area, including, but not limited to, the need for the construction, operation, relocation, or improvement of streets, sidewalks, and bikeways, as well as the establishment and improvement of alternative methods of mass transportation.

The TAB shall report to the board of aldermen as requested by the Board and shall undertake such studies or perform such duties as the Board may request from time to time.

The TAB meets on the first and third Thursdays of each month at 7:30 p.m.

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Greenways Commission

The Greenways Commission is composed of 15 members appointed by the Board of Aldermen. The Board shall endeavor to appoint members such that the membership of the commission will include at least four residents of the town, at least four representatives of the community at large, and at least two representatives of the Chapel Hill Carrboro School District. The 14th and 15th members shall be members of the Board of Aldermen and shall act as liaisons between the Board and the commission. There shall also be appointed three alternate members who may participate in all deliberations and vote on all matters in the absence of any regular member.

The commission shall recommend to the Board policies, programs, and actions that may assist the town in safeguarding the water quality, environment and livability of the community by establishing greenways. For purposes of this section, the term “greenways” refers to unbroken chains of preserved open space surrounding stream and wildlife corridors, headwaters, water recharge areas, and significant ecosystems that also provide bicycle and pedestrian connections between neighborhoods and for the community. The commission may also encourage effective stewardship and management of such greenways and promote educational, recreational, and public health usage consistent with the protection of this resource.

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Northern Study Area Plan Implementation Review Committee (NSAPIRC) - Dissolved 2/12/08

This temporary committee will review the implementation of the Northern Study Area Plan and, at the end of the process, present policy recommendations to the Board of Aldermen.  The committee is composed of three Carrboro residents, advisory board representatives, and representatives from Chapel Hill, Orange County and UNC.  Two community forums led by professional facilitators will be a part of the process, and the facilitators may also play a role in other NSAPIRC meetings as well.

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Note: All advisory boards meet in the Carrboro Town Hall unless otherwise noted.
 
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