About Us


Charlotte Mecklenburg Planning Commission

Overview

The Planning Commission was formed by an Interlocal Agreement as a planning advisory body to the City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County in 1954; the agreement was renewed in 1988. Its primary responsibility is to advise council on short and long-range land use and design plans and general planning matters, including land use, zoning, land development, transportation/transit, economic development and community facilities. The Planning Commission primarily conducts its business in two committees: The Planning Committee and the Zoning Committee.


The Planning Committee meets on the third Tuesday of the month to discuss long range policy issues such as area plans and Mandatory Referrals. The Committee makes recommendations concerning land use, urban design, transportation and other policies relevant to the planning process and also reviews and recommends action on capital projects and on acquisition or sale of real property (Mandatory Referrals).

 

The Zoning Committee meets fifteen (15) days after the City Council Zoning Public Hearing to review and discuss rezoning petitions. The Committee makes recommendations on rezoning, zoning ordinances, and regulations to Charlotte City Council and hears and decides on subdivision variances and appeals. Zoning Committee members are required to attend City Council rezoning hearings held the third Monday of each month at 5:30 p.m.


Membership

The Planning Commission is composed of 14 members (2 appointed by the Mayor, 5 appointed by City Council, 7 appointed by County Commission – including 2 nominated by the Board of Education). City Council appointees must take an oath of office. All members are subject to City Council's Attendance and Anti-Harassment Policies, Code of Ethics, Gift Policy, and Disclosure Requirements.  Each member must file a Statement of Economic Interest by February 1st of each year.


The term of office is three (3) years with a maximum of two consecutive terms.  Membership on the two committees rotates to allow commissioners to serve on both during their tenure.


 To view the Charlotte, NC Code of Ordinances click on "City Code".


Planning Commission Members

​Planning Committee

​Zoning Committee

Sam Spencer
Chairperson of Charlotte Mecklenburg Planning Commission &
Planning Committee
spencer@choosesam.com

Keba Samuel
Vice Chairperson of Charlotte Mecklenburg Planning Commission & Chairperson of Zoning Committee
kebasamuel.cmpc@gmail.com

Phillip Gussman
Vice Chairperson, Planning Committee
planning@gussmanconsulting.com

Douglas Welton
Vice Chairperson, Zoning Committee
douglas_welton@einsteinslegacy.com

Astrid Chirinos, Planning Committee
astrid.chirinos@ymcacharlotte.org

Erin Barbee, Zoning Committee
Ebarbee06@gmail.com

John Fryday, Planning Committee
john@fryday-doyne.com

Andrew Blumenthal, Zoning Committee
ablumenthal711@gmail.com

John Ham, Planning Committee
johnfitzgeraldham@gmail.com

Peter Kelly, Zoning Committee
peter.kelly.cmpc@gmail.com

Cozzie Watkins, Planning Committee
aczoning01@gmail.com

Elizabeth McMillen, Zoning Committee
emcmillan@crescentcommunities.com

Courtney Rhodes, Planning Committee
courtneyrhodes@gmail.com

Victoria Nwasike, Zoning Committee
vpnplanning@gmail.com

Meetings

Planning Commission Monthly Joint Work Session

First Monday of the Month at 12:00 p.m.
(Scheduled for 2 hours)

Planning Commission Staff:
Mrs. Candice Rorie, Strategic Initiatives Manager
(o): 704-336-2672
clrorie@charlottenc.gov


Planning Committee Meetings

Third Tuesday of the month at 5:00 p.m.
(Scheduled for 2 hours)

Planning Committee Staff:
Ms. Melony McCullough, Sr. Project Manager
(o):  704-336-5993
mmccullough@charlottenc.gov


Zoning Committee Meetings

Fifteen (15) days after the City Council Zoning Public Hearing at 5:30 p.m.
(Scheduled for 2 hours)

Zoning Committee Staff:
Mr. Dave Pettine, Program Manager
(o):  704-336-4566
David.pettine@charlottenc.gov


You may call the Planning Department's office at (704) 336-2205 to verify meeting times and locations.  ALL Meeting dates, times and locations are subject to change.

To view all upcoming events visit our Events Meeting Calendar.


Public Attendance

All official meetings of the Planning Commission and its committees are open to the public under the North Carolina open meeting laws. Copies of all minutes are part of the public record and are available at the Planning Department's office.

 

How to Apply

To view and apply for City of Charlotte boards and commissions, visit the City of Charlotte Board and Commissions webpage.


To view and apply for Mecklenburg County boards and commissions, visit the Mecklenburg County Board of County Commissioners' Advisory Boards webpage.


Agendas/Minutes/Results

To view the Zoning Committee Work Session agendas click on "Zoning Committee".

Planning Commission

​Planning Committee

November 2020 Planning Commission

November 2020 Planning Committee



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