APPLICANTS NEEDED FOR ORANGE COUNTY ADVISORY BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (April 4, 2017) – 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.  There are currently three open positions. 

Animal Services Hearing Panel Pool - The charge of the Animal Services Hearing Panel Pool is to hear appeals concerning violations of the Orange County Code of Ordinances, Chapter 4 (“Animal Control Ordinance”), as provided in the Orange County Code of Ordinances, Section 4-53 Appeals and also potentially dangerous dog appeals as prescribed by N.C. Gen. Stat. §67-4.1(c).  It is the responsibility of pool members to conduct fair and impartial hearings for these appeals and they will receive training in both law and proper procedure from the Office of the County Attorney prior to participating in a hearing.  Pool members are sought from the Towns of Hillsborough, Chapel Hill and Carrboro as well as the part of Orange County that is unincorporated.  Appeals panels will be convened on an as needed basis for hearings.   The current openings are for an At-Large and two Town of Carrboro positions.

Agricultural Preservation Board – Members are appointed by the Board of County Commissioners.  The primary purpose of the Agricultural Preservation Board is to promote the economic and cultural importance of agriculture in the county, and to encourage voluntary preservation and protection of farmland for future production.  The current open position on the board is for the Caldwell Voluntary Agricultural District.

Orange County Board of Adjustment – The Board of Adjustment hears and decides all appeals from and reviews any decisions made by the Zoning Officer, as well as matters required to pass by the Zoning Ordinance.  It also hears and makes decisions upon applications for Special Uses that require the Board’s approval.  Currently there is an opening for an At-Large Alternate position.  An alternate has all the powers and duties of a regular member when necessary for the Board to conduct business in the absence of a regular member.

Board of Health - The Board of Health is the primary policy making, rule-making, and adjudicatory body for the Health Department and is charged to protect and promote the public health of Orange County.  This function may include allocating resources, planning programs, enacting public health-related polices and advising the health director on health needs.  The current open position on the board is for an Optometrist.

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.  There are currently two positions open.

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 makes 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.  There are currently two positions open.

Carrboro Recreation and Parks Commission – The Board of County Commissioners appoints two members to this commission.  The commission serves in an advisory capacity to the Board of Alderman regarding Recreation and Parks issues.  The commission members also frequently volunteer for Carrboro departmental major events especially Halloween and 4th of July and are invited to represent the commission for other event support (Judges, Ribbon Cutters, etc.).  There are currently two positions open. 

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.  There are currently three positions open. 

Chapel Hill Planning Commission - The Orange County Board of Commissioners (BOCC) 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.  There is currently one position open.

Chapel Hill Parks, Greenways, and Recreation Commission – The Board of County Commissioners appoints one position for this commission.  The basic function of the commission is to promote recreation for the citizens of Chapel Hill.  The commission serves as the recreation policy advisory body for the Department of Parks and Recreation and the Town.  It consults with and advises the Council on matters affecting the overall recreational policies of the Town, the acquisition and use of the lands and properties related to the total community recreation program, and its long-range projected programs for recreation, parks, and playgrounds.  There is currently one position open.

Mebane Board of Adjustment - The Orange County Board of Commissioners appoints one citizen to fill the Orange County position on this board. The Mebane Board of Adjustment hears and decides appeals of decisions by the Mebane Zoning Enforcement Officer. It grants special use permits and variances. There is currently one position open. 

Mebane Planning Board -One member is appointed by the Board of County Commissioners from the extraterritorial area and must be a resident of Orange County. The Mebane Planning Board reviews plans and makes recommendations to the Mebane City Council for proposed and actual developments in Mebane. It also develops and recommends policies, ordinances, and administrative procedures regarding land use and development.  There is currently one position open.  

Orange Water & Sewer Authority Board of Directors - The Board of Commissioners appoints two members. This board establishes operating policies on a range of issues including billing, budgeting, personnel, purchasing, rates, reimbursement agreements, and water and sewer extensions. It also reviews and approves general system development.  There is currently one position open.

If interested, apply at www.orangecountync.gov/boards .

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

For additional information call Thom Freeman 919-245-2125 or email tfreeman@orangecountync.gov.

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