ORANGE COUNTY, NC (August 1, 2016) – One major way citizens can have a positive impact on the future of Orange County is to volunteer to serve on the various advisory boards and commissions.    

Currently there are openings on the following advisory boards and commissions. 

Affordable Housing Advisory Board - This board prioritizes affordable housing needs, assesses and monitors project proposals and local housing programs.  The Board will also explore new funding opportunities, assist in the investigation of County residential segregation patterns, and assist with other housing-related items as identified by the Board of County Commissioners. 

Board of Equalization and Review -This board hears appeals from citizens concerning various property tax issues, including valuation and exemption appeals.  The Board of Equalization and Review is charged with ensuring that all taxable property is appraised and assessed according to the standards required by the North Carolina General Statutes.  The board will meet up to three days per week, for approximately three to four hours per meeting, for up to three consecutive months (April – June).  Additional meetings may occur as needed during the year.  Members will be paid for all meetings attended.  The current vacancies on this board are for alternates who will fill in for members who are unable to attend as needed.  The appointments to positions on the Board are made every two (2) years in March.  The next appointments will be in March of 2017. 

Carrboro Board of Adjustment – The Board of Commissioners appoints citizens to fill the two Orange County positions on this board.  This board hears and decides citizen appeals from any order, decision, requirement, or interpretation made by the Zoning Administrator.  It also hears and decides on applications.

Carrboro Northern Transition Area Advisory Commission – The commission reviews zoning amendment requests, special / conditional use permit applications for developments within the Northern Transition Area of Carrboro.  The commission makes recommendations to the Carrboro Board of Adjustment or Carrboro Board of Aldermen.  The commission inventories areas of cultural, archaeological, and historic significance.  The commission  researches areas of open space, rural character, scenic qualities, biological values, areas of agricultural uses, and make recommendations based on the above studies for additional policies, goals, etc., that will preserve and enhance the special character of this area and relate to its growth.  The commission consists of five members, three appointed by the County Commissioners.

Chapel Hill Board of Adjustment – The Board of County Commissioners appoints citizens to fill three County positions on this board.  The Board hears and decides appeals from any decision or determination by the Town Manager, Council, or the Planning Board in granting or denying site plan approval, or of the Appearance Commission in granting or denying sign plan approval or of the Historic District Commission or Appearance Commission in granting or denying a Certificate of Appropriateness. 

Chapel Hill Planning Commission - The Orange County Board of Commissioners appoints representatives to fill two positions on the Chapel Hill Planning Commission.  These positions represent the Extraterritorial Jurisdiction (ETJ) and Joint Planning Area (JPA) of Chapel Hill.  The Chapel Hill Planning Board develops a comprehensive plan for the orderly growth and development of Chapel Hill.  It reviews all plans for buildings, projects and facilities to be located within the Town’s jurisdiction.  It also formulates and recommends the adoption and amendment of ordinances.

Commission for the Environment - This commission advises the Board of Commissioners on matters affecting the environment with particular emphasis on protection. It educates public and local officials on environmental issues and performs special studies and projects. It also recommends environmental initiatives and study changes in environmental science and local and federal regulations.  There are currently four (4) “At-Large” positions vacant.

Nursing Home Community Advisory Committee – This committee helps to maintain the intent of the Residents’ Bill of Rights, promotes community involvement, and provides public education on long-term care issues.  Orange County is currently seeking applicants with nursing home administration background.

Orange County Planning Board - The Orange County Planning Board studies Orange County and surrounding areas to determine objectives in the development of the County.  It prepares and recommends plans to achieve that development, including the suggesting of policies, ordinances, and procedures.  The Commissioners are currently seeking applicants for a HILLSBOROUGH TOWNSHIP RESIDENT position.

Orange Unified Transportation Board (OUTBoard) –This board provides information and comments on major transportation issues. The Board also provides recommendations regarding the overall planning and programming of transportation improvements in Orange County, including identifying and prioritizing the county’s roadway and transit needs along with associated costs and specific sources of funding. The Board assists in development and review of the transportation component of the Comprehensive Plan.  There are currently two openings, one is for a resident in the ENO TOWNSHIP and one for an AT-LARGE Orange County resident.

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Orange County strives for diversity on volunteer advisory boards.  Minorities are encouraged to apply.  Applicants must reside in Orange County.  Volunteers appointed by the Board of County Commissioners have an opportunity to influence the way of life in Orange County.

For questions regarding the information listed, call Thom Freeman 919-245-2125 or email

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