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The first thing you should do is check our online resources for the answer to your question. Our interactive mapping service ConnectGIS, the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO), and the Code of Ordinances can help answer many questions related to zoning and regulations.
If you cannot find what you are looking for, please contact the Planning Department at 910-692-4003 and speak with our staff before submitting a formal information request.
In addition to the information we provide here on the site, the Town maintains an e-mail list that we call our ‘Sunshine List’. The list receives notifications about upcoming hearings and decisions. If you would like to be added to the Sunshine List, please sign up for the website notification and click the Notification Center checkbox.
Meeting agendas and Minutes of Town Council and volunteer board meetings are posted on the Town website regularly.
TARPO (Triangle Area Rural Plannning Organizations) is primarily involved when a potential site’s transportation needs impact the region, along with the NCDOT.
RLUAC (Regional Land Use Advisory Commission) monitors and has input on sites that may impact Fort Bragg
US Fish & Wildlife manages the regional habitat for a number of endangered species that make their home in the Sandhills. US Fish and Wildlife
The UDO applies not only to the area within the Town limits but also the Town's extra-territorial jurisdiction (ETJ). Other than the UDO section, the Code of Ordinances applies within Town limits only. For a map of Town limits and the ETJ, please use ConnectGIS, the Town's interactive mapping service,
Please contact the local US Fish & Wildlife Service office regarding development in areas where an endangered red cockaded woodpecker habitat may be located.
The Planning Board is a volunteer board supported by Planning Department staff that advises the Southern Pines Town Council on planning matters. It conducts studies related to the Town's growth, development, and redevelopment, and makes recommendations to the Town Council based on its findings and on the experience of its members. It also interprets the standards of the zoning ordinances and hears individual cases by citizens such as appeals, requests and variance petitions (requests to deviate from typical zoning or regulation standards). The Board is made up of seven members, five of whom are residents of the Town proper and two of whom live in the Extra-territorial Jurisdiction (ETJ). You can get involved by applying to be a member of the Board and/or by attending the monthly Board meeting, where you can find out what's currently happening in the Town's development and have the chance to voice your opinions. The Board meets the second to last Thursday of every month at 6:00 pm at the Douglass Community Center, 1185 W Pennsylvania Avenue. When a seat on the Board becomes vacant, Town Council will consider all applications and notify you if you have been selected to join the Board.
The Technical Review Committee (TRC) consists of staff members from Planning, Public Works, Fire, Inspections and Utilities. TRC meetings are held weekly at the Community Development Building, 801 SE Service Road, to review site plan submittals and provide consolidated feedback. Please contact the Planning Department at (910) 692-4003 for more information.