About Us

Charlotte Mecklenburg Planning Commission


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.

To view the Planning Commission Rules of Procedure click on Rules of Procedure


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.


Planning Commission Members



Phillip Gussman
Chairperson, Planning Committee

Keba Samuel
Chairperson, Zoning Committee

Erin Barbee
Vice Chairperson, Planning Committee

Douglas Welton
Vice Chairperson, Zoning Committee

Peter Kelly, Planning Committee

Andrew Blumenthal, Zoning Committee

Elizabeth McMillan, Planning Committee

Astrid Chirinos, Zoning Committee

Ronnie Harvey, Planning Committee

John Ham, Zoning Committee

Melissa Gaston, Planning Committee

Courtney Rhodes, Zoning Committee

Will Russell, Planning Committee

Sam Spencer, Zoning Committee


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

Planning Committee Meetings

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

Planning Committee Staff:
Ms. Kathleen Cornett, AICP
Community Planning Program Manager

(o):  704-336-4845

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

Executive Committee Meetings

Third Monday of the month at 4:00 p.m.
(Scheduled for 30 minutes)

Mrs. Candice Rorie, Strategic Initiatives Manager
(o): 704-336-2672

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




2021 Planning Commission Meetings

2021 Planning Committee Meetings

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2020 Planning Committee Meetings