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Our responsibility is to provide the Town of Blowing Rock and its citizens with reliable service in the areas of Planning, Zoning, and Building Code Enforcement. We strive to provide these services with an emphasis on courtesy, positive attitude, and professionalism. Our goal is to maintain the unique community character found in Blowing Rock and to enhance the quality of life for future generations.
Description and Responsibilities
The Planning and Inspections Department is responsible for promoting the health, safety, and welfare of property owners and the general public through the issuance of permits, inspections, and code enforcement. The Director of Planning and Inspections is responsible for review and analysis of sign permits, site plans, and conditional use permits, including the coordination of input from other Town departments. The Director is also extensively involved in the review and revision of the Town’s land use controls (land use plan, zoning code, subdivision code, sign code, etc.), as well as code enforcement. The Administrative Assistant acts as Secretary to the Planning Board and Board of Adjustment, and provides additional support in regard to the processing of sign permits and code enforcement.
The Building Inspector’s responsibilities include the administration and enforcement of the NC State Building Code, and the Town’s minimum housing code.
The Planning and Inspections Department provides administrative assistance for the Planning Board and Board of Adjustment. This department also administers the federal flood damage protection regulations in association with the NFIP (National Flood Insurance Program).
Staffing and Schedules
The Planning and Inspections Department currently has three full-time positions: the Director, the Building Inspector, and the Administrative Assistant. All three employees work a standard 40-hour work week, plus any required night meetings.
Measures of ActivityAlthough the value of new construction, the number of permits, and the number of related inspections conducted by the department are not a total measurement of the entire activity of the department, they are indicative of the level of activity. The downturn in the economy has had a dramatic effect on the level of construction in Blowing Rock. The level of construction in 2001 was 28% lower than the peak in 1999. This pattern has continued over the past few years, however, with the construction of the Laurelmont project at the Blowing Rock Hospital, the construction dollars have surged.
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