Development Procedure Reviewing Bodies & Staff

Development Procedure Reviewing Bodies and Staff

This section of the Administrative Manual covers the review boards and staff members directly involved in development procedures.


City Council

As the City of Fayetteville’s governing board, the City Council is empowered by state statutes to be the reviewing board authorized to make decisions on Map Amendments, Conditional Rezonings, Planned Developments, Annexations, Text Amendments, and Development Agreements.  In addition, the Council has elected to be the reviewing body for Special Use Permits, Subdivision Waivers, and certain appeals.


Planning Commission

The Planning Commission is a recommending body charged with advising the City Council on matters pertaining to the text of the UDO, the comprehensive plan, the land-use plan, Planned Developments, and Subdivision Waivers. Additional Information


Zoning Commission

Like the Planning Commission, except when hearing Variance Requests or Appeals of interpretations or Certificates of Appropriateness, the Zoning Commission is a recommending body charged with advising the City Council on matters pertaining to Map Amendments, Conditional Rezonings, and Special Use Permits.  Decisions made by the Zoning Commission with regard to Map Amendments where the Commission and City staff are in agreement enable these items to be placed on the City Council consent agenda.  Decisions made on variance or appeal requests are final unless challenged in Superior Court. Additional Information 


Historic Resources Commission

The Historic Resources Commission is charged with implementing the Historic District and Historic Landmark design guidelines by reviewing major works Certificates of Appropriateness.  Historic Resources Commission decisions are final unless appealed to the City Council. Additional Information


City Manager

The City Manager is ultimately responsible for all decisions and enforcement actions of City staff. In the UDO, the term “City Manager” typically refers not to the Manager per se, but to the staff member designated by the City Manager to perform the particular development review or enforcement duty.


Technical Review Committee

The Technical Review Committee is a group composed of City staff members and representatives from outside agencies such as PWC, NCDOT and Cumberland County Schools.  The TRC is charged with reviewing and approving Major Site Plans and Subdivision Plans Plats. Additionally, the TRC may review and provide comments on Special Use Permits, Planned Developments, Conditional Rezonings, Subdivision Waivers, Administrative Adjustments, Annexations, and Alternative Landscape (Section 30-5.B.4.f) or Parking Plans (Section 30-5.A.8). Additional Information


Planning and Code Enforcement Department

  • The Planning and Zoning Division manages the Technical Review Committee, processes development applications (including Map Amendments, Conditional Rezonings, Special Use Permits and Variance applications), conducts Site and Subdivision Plan reviews, maintains the UDO and Official Zoning Map, processes Petitions for Annexation, and supports the review and decision-making bodies. Additional Information
  • The Housing and Code Enforcement Division enforces the UDO and the Minimum Housing Code standards. Additional Information


Permitting and Inspections Department

  • Building Plan Review and Inspections Division conducts building plan reviews, issues Building Permits, and conducts building inspections.
  • The Administration & Permitting Division is responsible for general management of the Permitting & Inspections Department, building permit issuance, and scheduling inspection requests.


Engineering and Infrastructure Department

  • The Engineering Division provides engineering and technical support services including surveying, the design of streets, sidewalks, and storm drainage facilities, and the review of plans submitted for development applications and oversees a comprehensive stormwater program providing engineered drainage infrastructure across the City in accordance with state and local regulations.
  • The Construction Management Division inspects public infrastructure improvements in new development, and issues permits for work within the public right-of-way (e.g., driveways and sidewalks).
  • The Traffic Services Division conducts or coordinates various traffic studies and investigations and recommends and facilitates traffic control improvements.
  • The Stormwater Division manages the stormwater quality program and ensures compliance with NPDES permit requirements and environmental regulations.


Historic Resources Planner

The Historic Resources Planner is the staff member charged with implementing the Historic District and Historic Landmark design guidelines through the Certificate of Appropriateness process. Additional Information


The following table illustrates the reviewing groups for development review procedures that involve public hearings.

Development Review Steps for Procedures Involving Public Hearings

Procedure

City Council

Planning Comm

Zoning Comm

HRC

TRC

City Staff

Planning

Engineering

HRP

Annexation

D

 

 

 

R

R

 

 

Appeal

D

D

D

D

 

R

 

 

Certificate of Appropriateness (Major Work)

A

 

 

D

 

 

 

R

Conditional Rezoning

D

 

R

 

R

R

 

 

Development Agreement

D

R

 

 

R

R

 

 

Map Amendment (Rezoning)

D

 

R

 

R

R

 

 

Neighborhood Compatibility

A

D

 

 

 

R

 

 

Planned Development

D

R

 

 

R

R

 

 

Special Use Permit

D

 

R

 

R

R

 

 

Subdivision Waiver

D

R

 

 

R

 

R

 

Text Amendment

D

R

 

 

 

R

 

 

Variance

 

 

D

 

 

R

 

 

List of Abbreviations

 

Abbreviations for Actions

Board or Staff Abbreviations

 

D - Decision

R - Recommendation

S - Staff Action

A - Appeal

HRC - Historic Resources Commission

HRP - Historic Resources Planner

TRC - Technical Review Committee