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About the Planning & Zoning Board

The New Bern Planning and Zoning Board consists of ten members. Seven members, appointed by the Board of Aldermen, shall reside within the city. Three members, appointed by the Craven County Board of Commissioners, shall reside within the city’s extraterritorial planning area. If the Craven County board fails to make these appointments within 90 days after receiving a resolution from the Board of Aldermen requesting that they be made, the city board may make the appointments.  Members may be removed by the appointing authority at any time for failure to attend three consecutive meetings without excuse or for failure to attend 30 percent or more of the meetings within any 12-month period or, after a hearing, for other good cause related to performance of duties.  All members shall have demonstrated special interest, experience, or education in banking, economics, environmental and land use policy, housing, or industry.

Board members shall be appointed for three-year staggered terms, but members may continue to serve until their successors have been appointed.  Vacancies shall be filled for the unexpired terms only.  Membership appointments shall be limited to two successive terms.

All members may participate in and vote on all issues before the board, regardless of whether the issue affects property within the city or within the extraterritorial planning area.

The board’s major responsibilities are to make recommendations concerning conditional use and special use permit requests, subdivision general plans, zoning amendment proposals, and make studies and recommend to the Board of Aldermen plans, goals and objectives relating to the growth, development and redevelopment of the City.

The boards regular meetings are held at 5:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month in the second floor courtroom at City Hall, located at 300 Pollock Street.

Want to Serve? 

Want to serve on the Planning and Zoning Board? Complete and submit this short form and the City Clerk will contact you when an opening occurs. 

Current Roster

Name Term Expires Appointing Official
Brad Jefferson 6/30/2025 Mayor
Donald "Rusty" Ingram 6/30/2025 Ward 1 Alderman
Margie Dunn 6/30/2024 Ward 2 Alderman
Gasper Sonny Aluzzo 6/30/2024 Ward 3 Alderman
Raymond Layton  6/30/2023 Ward 4 Alderman
Kyle Dearing 6/30/2025 Ward 5 Alderman
Pat Dougherty  6/30/2023 Ward 6 Alderman
Marshall Ballard 6/30/2025 Craven County