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About the Board of Adjustment

The Board of Adjustment shall consist of ten regular members and three alternate members. No more than nine regular members, which shall be appointed by the Board of Aldermen, shall reside within the city. At least one regular member, appointed by the Craven County Board of Commissioners, shall reside within the city's extraterritorial planning area. If the Craven County Board of Commissioners fails to make an appointment within 90 days after receiving a notification from the city requesting that an appointment be made, the Board of Aldermen may make the appointment. Upon expansion or reduction of the city's extraterritorial planning area, the Board of Aldermen shall review the impact of such change on the extraterritorial membership of the Board of Adjustment and, if necessary, make appropriate adjustments in the number of extraterritorial members. Members may be removed by the appointing authority at any time for failure to attend three consecutive meetings without excuse or for missing more than 30 percent of the meetings within any 12-month period or for other good cause related to performance of duties. Because the Board of Adjustment is a “quasijudicial” administrative body that operates between the enforcement officers and the courts, members shall have the ability to read and understand complex land ownership and development issues. Members should have backgrounds related to land ownership and development issues (i.e., law, real estate, banking, building, environmental groups, governmental agencies, community organizations, etc.).

Board of Adjustment members shall be appointed for three-year staggered terms, but members may continue to serve until their successors have been appointed.  Vacancies may be filled for the unexpired terms only.  Membership appointments shall be limited to two successive terms for regular members and two successive terms for alternate members.  All regular members may participate in and vote on all issues before the board. Alternate members shall only serve in the absence of regular members.

The Board of Adjustment shall hear and decide:  (1) appeals from any order, decision, requirement, or interpretation made by the zoning administrator; (2) applications for special use permits; (3) applications for variances; (4) questions involving interpretations of the zoning map, including disputed district boundary lines and lot lines; and (5) any other matter the board is required to act upon by any other city ordinance.  The Board may adopt rules and regulations governing its procedures and operations not inconsistent with the provisions of this ordinance.

The Board meets at 5:30 p.m. on the last Monday of each month, unless the date is changed due to an observed holiday.  The meetings are held in City Hall, 300 Pollock Street, in the courtroom on the second floor.

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Current Roster

Name Term Expires Appointing Official
Alfred Barfield 6/30/2020 Mayor
Richard Parsons 6/30/2021 Ward 1 Alderman
Dorothea White  6/30/2020  Ward 2 Alderman
Peter Dillon 8/12/2022  Ward 3 Alderman
Vacant   Ward 4 Alderman
Jim Morrison 11/12/2021 Ward 5 Alderman
John Riggs 6/30/2022   Ward 6 Alderman
John Murrell 6/30/2022 Craven County
Kenneth (Kip) Peregoy 6/30/2022 Rotating between Mayor & Aldermen
Barbara Sampson 7/23/2022 Rotating between Mayor & Aldermen
Vacant (Alternate)    Rotating between Mayor & Aldermen
Jonathan Foster (Alternate)  8/26/2022  Rotating between Mayor & Aldermen
Ross Beebe (Alternate) 6/30/2020 Rotating between Mayor & Aldermen