Boards & Commissions
There are several boards, commissions, and committees compiled of volunteers appointed by the Mayor and City Council. These boards, commissions, and committees offer recommendations and provide support for city affairs.
Residents are encouraged to serve! Anyone interested in appointment to a board should submit a Personal History Form to the City Clerk’s Office. A resume of each applicant may accompany the Personal History Form signed by the applicant. To obtain a form by mail or any other questions concerning Boards & Commissions, please contact the City Clerk’s office, at 972-1319.
Animal Care & Control Advisory Board
(1) The City Council appoints seven (7) regular members, one from each ward of the City. The Mayor appoints one (1) member.
(2) The Mayor and City Council appoints one (1) veterinarian.
The Board shall meet at least six (6) times a year.
Board of Adjustment
The Board of Adjustment hears and decides appeals and reviews any order, requirement or determination made in the enforcement of the City’s Land Development Code. This Board is a quasi-judicial board for ruling on appeals, variances, and special uses within the City Limits and Extraterritorial Jurisdiction (ETJ).
The Board of Adjustment (BoA) is comprised of nine regular members and four alternate members. The City Council appoints seven regular members, one from each ward of the City, and two alternate members whose residence is within the corporate limits of the City of Rocky Mount. Members appointed by the City Council vote on all matters coming before the Board. The Boards of Commissioners of Nash and Edgecombe Counties each appoint one regular member and one alternate member whose residence is within the extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ) as set forth in the Land Development Code of the City of Rocky Mount in the respective county from which they are appointed. Members appointed by the two counties vote on matters involving the ETJ of their respective county. Alternate members appointed by the City Council may replace regular members so appointed who are absent. Alternate members appointed by the two counties may replace regular members of their respective counties who are absent. Alternate members are vested with the same powers as regular members when serving for an absent member.
Meetings are generally held on the first Thursday of each month at 5:30 p.m. in Council Chambers, located on the third floor of the Municipal Building at 331 S Franklin Street, Rocky Mount, North Carolina 27804.
Business Development Authority
The Business Development Authority is a non-profit corporation that promotes the health, safety, morals, right of gainful employment, industrial and commercial opportunities and general welfare of the community. The Authority consists of a board of directors appointed by the Mayor and City Council.
Central City Revitalization Panel
The Central City Revitalization Panel was created by the City Council on July 10, 2000 to administer a program utilizing financial incentives to encourage improvements and preservation within the central city boundaries of the City of Rocky Mount.
Historic Preservation Commission
The purpose of the Historic Preservation Commission is to: safeguard the heritage of the City of Rocky Mount by preserving and regulating historic landmarks and historic districts; to enhance the environmental quality of neighborhoods; to establish and improve property values; and, to foster economic development.
The Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) was created by an ordinance adopted by the City Council on May 12, 1997 pursuant to the General Statutes of North Carolina, G.S. 160A, Article 19, Part C. This Commission consists of nine members appointed by the Mayor and City Council, serving four year staggered terms. The Council may also appoint ex-officio members who have special interest, experience or education in history, architecture, archaeology or related fields.
Historic Preservation preserves and fosters the use and reuse of historic buildings which add significantly to a community’s distinctiveness, personality, and diversity. Historic preservation encourages pride and reinvestment in neighborhoods, thus stabilizing and enhancing values. The members of the Commission are residents of Rocky Mount serving as lead authority to compile an inventory of significant properties, designate landmarks and historic districts, promote preservation efforts, and review Certificates of Appropriateness (COA) applications for the proposed alterations, demolitions, or new construction within local historic districts, or of designated local landmarks.
Meetings are generally held on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. in the Committee Room, located on the third floor of the Municipal Building at 331 S Franklin Street, Rocky Mount, North Carolina 27804.
The purpose of the Housing Authority is to provide decent, safe and sanitary low rent housing for low income families who cannot afford private housing.
When they meet: The 2nd Monday, every other month (February, April, June, August, October, December) at 4:00 p.m.
Where they meet: Housing Authority Main Office, 1065 Pinehurst Drive, Rocky Mount.
Human Relations Commission
The Human Relations Commission was created for the purpose of promoting, understanding, respect and harmony among all people.
When they meet: The 2nd Wednesday of each month (except July & August), at 4:00 p.m.
Where they meet: Conference Room #1 on the Second Floor of the Municipal Services Complex.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission was created for the purpose of organizing programs and activities honoring the legacy of the late Dr.Martin Luther King, Jr. and for promoting unity among the diverse populations within the Rocky Mount community.
- When they meet: The 3rd Tuesday of every month at 5:30 p.m.
- Where they meet: Committee Room on the Third Floor of the Municipal Services Complex.
Mayor's Commission on Persons with Disabilities
The purpose of the Committee is to serve as a formal and continuing means to make the community aware of the needs and abilities of the handicapped, to encourage the involvement of the handicapped in the daily activities of the community by promoting their gainful employment, removing architectural barriers, and by acting as an education, public relations, and advisory agency to both individual handicapped citizens and the community at large to the end that the skills of all citizens are used the fullest extent.
- When they meet: The 4th Wednesday of each month (except July and August) at 3:30 p.m.
- Where they meet: Conference Room #1 on the Second Floor of the Municipal Services Complex.
The Planning Board conducts a comprehensive and continuing program to direct the community’s growth along civic lines and establish principles and politics for guiding development in the City of Rocky Mount and the City’s extraterritorial planning and zoning areas in Nash and Edgecombe Counties.
The Planning Board was first established by ordinance on November 20, 1947, pursuant to the General Statutes of North Carolina. The City Council appoints seven members, one from each ward, who reside within the corporate limits of the City of Rocky Mount. Members appointed by the City Council may vote on all matters coming before the Board. The Boards of Commissioners of Nash and Edgecombe Counties each appoint one member who resides within the extraterritorial jurisdiction of the respective counties as described in the Land Development Code of the City of Rocky Mount. Members appointed by the respective counties may vote only on those matters involving the appointing county.
Meetings are generally held on the second Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. in Council Chambers, located on the third floor of the Municipal Building at 331 South Franklin Street, Rocky Mount, North Carolina 27804.
The Commission exists and operates for the public purpose of acquiring and replanning blighted areas within the Corporate Limits of the City of Rocky Mount and of holding or disposing of properties in such a manner that they become available for economically and socially sound development.
When: The 3rd Thursday of each month from 3:30 to 5:00
Where: Committee Room on the Third Floor of the Municipal Services Complex
Planters Oil Mill
Community Development staff is collaborating with Duke University’s Superfund Research Center with the intention to identify ideal uses of the land that has been remediated and is working to secure future funding for full site remediation.
The RDC and Community Development staff are in the process of developing community goals in order to create a vision and plan for Monk Park.
Happy Hill Redevelopment Project
With the completion of the Beal Street Square Apartments, Russell-Jackson Village, and the Sunset Avenue Apartments, the RDC is focused on additional development to the area, specifically commercial opportunities and market rate housing.
Rocky Mount-Wilson Airport Authority
The Rocky Mount-Wilson Airport Authority is ultimately responsible for the management, operation and control of the Rocky Mount Wilson Airport.
Transportation Advisory Committee
The Transportation Advisory Committee was established in August of 1992, after the City of Rocky Mount was designated as an urbanized area as a result of the 1990 census. In order to qualify for Federal-aid Highway Funds, the U.S. and North Carolina Departments of Transportation require urbanized areas to establish a formal planning process that is continuing, comprehensive and cooperative and to appoint a committee to oversee the program.
Tree Advisory Board
The Tree Advisory Board was created for the purpose of making recommendations to the City Manager relative to trees and shrubbery on City property.
- When they meet: The 2nd Wednesday of each month at 3:30 p.m. from August until April.
- Where they meet: Conference Room #3 on the Second Floor of the Municipal Services Complex.
Utility Services Review Board
The Utility Services Review Board hears appeals from utility customers who may contend that City staff failed to follow established customer service policies. The board also works with staff to review the customer service policy and assists with general outreach, information, and education to the community on consumer related utility matters.
- When they meet: The 3rd Wednesday (October-March) of each month at 6:00 p.m.
- Where they meet: Committee Room on the Third Floor of the Municipal Services Complex.
Workforce Housing Advisory Commission
The Workforce Housing Advisory Commission works in conjunction with city leadership and staff to advise the City Council on matters pertaining to housing challenges, opportunities and options that will result in fair, safe and affordable housing throughout the city. The Commission meets every second Thursday of the month (virtual).