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.
To view the Charlotte, NC Code of Ordinances click on "City Code".
Planning Commission Members
Keba Samuels, Chairperson, Planning Commission
Chairperson, Planning Committee
Andrew Blumenthal, Vice-Chairperson, Planning Committee
Clayton Sealey, Planning Committee
Phillip Gussman, Vice-Chairperson, Planning Commission
Chairperson, Zoning Committee
Erin Barbee, Vice-Chairperson, Zoning Committee
Ronnie Harvey, Zoning Committee
Melissa Gaston, Zoning Committee
Courtney Rhodes, Zoning Committee
Will Russell, Zoning Committee
Douglas Welton, Zoning Committee