Appearance Commission

  • 4 p.m.
  • Second Tuesday of each month
  • Finance / Planning Office
    Boyd Room
    180 SW Broad St.
    Southern Pines, NC 28387
If you have any questions, please call 910-692-4863.
Agendas & Meetings
Agendas are available prior to the meetings.  Minutes are available following approval.
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The commission has 13 members appointed by the Town Council – 10 members being residents of the town and three being residents of Moore County within the extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ).
About the Commission
The Appearance Commission studies the visual problems and needs of the town as well as the ETJ planning / zoning jurisdiction. This commission plans and carries out programs to enhance and improve the visual quality and aesthetic characteristics of the town and the extraterritorial jurisdiction beyond the town limits.

Some examples of this are:
  • Assisting in the implementation of programs of general community beautification
  • Making studies of the visual characteristics and problems of the town, including surveys and inventories
  • Providing leadership and guidance in matters of community design and appearance to individual, organizations, and agencies
Sprucing Up Southern Pines
Congratulations to the Winners for the Commercial Businesses for 2013.

Dean King & Don Johnson of Pinnacle Development
Del Johnson & Pete Gibons of Belle Meade
Hugh Bingham of First Bank
Barrett Walker of the Sandhills Coalition
Karen & Milt Pilson of Bikram Yoga Studio

Trees are very important to Southern Pines

Southern Pines is an Arbor Day Foundation recognized Tree City USA for 35 consecutive years, making our community one of the longest running award recipient communities in North Carolina.

At the request of Town Council, the Town and the Appearance Commission's Tree Committee are reviewing the Town's Tree Ordinance.

The Town of Southern Pines is seeking citizen input as we consider revising The Town's Illegal Tree Removal Policy.

In particular, feedback is sought for the penalties that should be associated with trees removed illegally on the The Town's Right-of-Way.

Please prepare and submit your comments by mail or in person to:

Town of Southern Pines
C/O Pete Morris
Tree Policy Revision
140 Memorial Park Court
Southern Pines, NC 28387

You may also email your input to with tree policy revision in the subject line.

Thank you in advance for your thoughts and comments.

All comments should be submitted by no later than May 31, 2015.
Litter Sweep
The Southern Pines Appearance Commission recently participated in the Governor's Proclaimed Litter Sweep. The Appearance Committee promoted litter day in front of the town utilities building Friday, September 27th from 9:00am until 1:00 pm. The Comm
ittee passed our goodies for the children promoting litter pick-up and orange trash bags provided by the North Carolina Department of Transportation to encourage residence to help keep our town streets clean and litter free. The litter Sweep is a statewide roadside litter clean-up drive sponsored by the North Carolina Department of Transportation.
The Southern Pines Appearance Commission is continuously working to help keep the community streets clean and welcoming by encouraging residence and local businesses to participate in the Town of Southern Pines Adopt-A-Street Program. this program is free to anyone interested and you can obtain information on adopting a street by emailing Leslie Habets.
Left to right: Mrs. Bruce Fensley, Pete Morris, Town of Southern Pines Superintendent and Carol Haney.
The Southern Pines Appearance Commission is working to keep Southern Pines Beautiful. The Appearance Commission is offering an Adopt-A-Street program as way for groups to help in the beautification effort in Southern Pines. For more information see the attached flyer.
Welcome to Southern Pines
Visitors to the Town of Southern Pines will now be greeted by a brand new "Welcome to Southern Pines" sign that compliments the natural beauty of the Southern Pines area. The Southern Pines Appearance Commission designed and up dated this sign shortly before Christmas 2012. The Town of Southern Pines Appearance Commission plans and carries out programs to enhance and improve the visual quality and aesthetic characteristics of the Town.
Small Sign