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The Haywood County Board of Commissioners makes appointments to a number of boards, committees, commissions and authorities. All citizens of Haywood County are encouraged to volunteer to serve on these boards/committees. Appointments to these boards and committees are made as positions become open. For more information, please contact Amie Owens, Deputy Clerk to the Board, at 828-452-6625.

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Adult Care Home Community Advisory Committee

Based on guidelines set forth in North Carolina General Statute 131D-31, this committee works to ensure quality care for elderly and disabled adults placed in long-term care facilities. Meetings are held the first Tuesday of the third month of each quarter at 1 p.m. at the Haywood County Department of Social Services.

Agricultural and Activities Center Board

This board functions to promote, develop, and encourage public and private support of the agricultural, cultural, domestic, manufacturing, educational, and vocational arts through the Haywood County Agriculture and Activities Center Association. Responsibilities include planning and coordinating the annual Haywood County Fair. Directors meet quarterly, including an Annual Meeting held after the County Fair and before January 1.

Agricultural Advisory Board (Farmland Preservation)

Pursuant to the Haywood County Farmland Preservation Ordinance [create link], this Advisory Board reviews and approves applications for qualified farmland and voluntary agricultural districts; hold public hearings pursuant to §§ 156.070 and 156.071 of the Farmland Preservation Ordinance; advises the Board of Commissioners on projects, programs, or issues affecting the agricultural economy or activities within the county that will affect agricultural districts; and performs other duties assigned by the Board of Commissioners. Meetings are held quarterly and are set by the chairman of the board.

Canton Planning Board

The function and duty of this board is to make comprehensive surveys and studies of existing conditions and probable future developments and prepare such plans for physical, social and economic growth as will best promote the public health, safety, morals, convenience or the general welfare as well as efficiency and economy in the development of the town. In general, the Canton Planning Board has the power and duty to: Acquire and maintain in current form such basic information, and materials as are necessary to an understanding of past trends, present conditions, and forces at work to cause changes in these conditions; prepare and from time to time amend and revise a comprehensive and coordinated plan for the physical development of the area; Establish principles and policies for guiding action in the development of the area; Prepare and recommend to the Town Board of Aldermen ordinances promoting orderly development in accordance with the comprehensive plan; Determine whether specific proposed developments conform to the principles and requirements of the comprehensive plan for the growth and improvement of the area; and Keep the Town Board and the general public informed and advised as to these matters. Meetings are held the fourth Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Canton Town Hall.

Canton Zoning Board of Adjustment

This board functions to vote on any reversal or decision of the building inspector or variation of any zoning ordinance. The board meets as necessary.

Criminal Justice Partnership Program Advisory Board

This board assists in planning and administering community-based programs funded through the Criminal Justice Partnership Act, specifically the Haywood County CJPP. Duties include reviewing and revising the Community-Based Corrections Plan and making a formal recommendation to the Board of Commissioners at least annually concerning the plan, its budgetary implications, and its implementation and operation during the ensuing year; reviewing and approving all applications for funding, including both implementation and discretionary funding; Monitoring and evaluating the impact of the community-based corrections program and prepare a written report; and evaluating the programs for effectiveness and continued need. The board meets on a quarterly basis. All members will be notified of all meetings in writing at least five (5) days prior to the meeting.

Clyde Planning Board

The purpose of this board is to acquire and maintain in current form such basic information and materials as are necessary to understand past trends, present conditions, and forces at work to cause changes in these conditions; To establish principles and policies for guiding action in the development of the area; To prepare and recommend to the Town Board of Aldermen ordinances promoting orderly development along the lines indicated in the zoning plan; To determine whether specific proposed developments conform to the principles and requirements of the zoning plan for the growth and improvement of the area; To keep the Town Board of Aldermen and the general public informed and advised as to these matters; and to perform any other duties which may lawfully be assigned to it.

Clyde Board of Zoning Adjustments

The function of this board is to hear and decide appeals where it is alleged there is error in any order, requirement, decision or determination made by the Zoning Inspector in the enforcement of the Zoning Ordinance; to grant conditional use permits according to the ordinance requirements; and to authorize upon appeal in specific cases such variances based on the criteria established in the Zoning Ordinance.

Cooperative Extension Service Advisory Council

This council works with Extension Service staff to identify and prioritize issues of wide public concern; Develop goals, efforts and thrusts of the local Extension program; establish effective lines of communication with the Board of Commissioners, state Legislative delegation, state Extension Administration, the media, and local community leaders concerning matters affecting the local Extension program. Meetings are held four times a year in January, April, July and October.

Downtown Waynesville Association

Members of this board serve to carry out the mission of the Downtown Waynesville Association, which is to undertake revitalization activities within the Service District and downtown area based on the guidelines of the North Carolina and National Main Street Programs, while preserving and sustaining the social, cultural, economic and historic role of the downtown as the center of the Waynesville community.

Economic Development Commission

Members of this commission are responsible for carrying out the mission of the Haywood County Economic Development Commission, which is to foster a healthy and prosperous economy and quality of life for our community through the development of capital investment, job creation and entrepreneurial opportunities while supporting existing business and industry.

Emergency Services Advisory Committee

The purpose of this committee is to examine and identify possible enhancements to Haywood County Emergency Services and make recommendations to the Board of Commissioners, County Manager, and appropriate response agencies

Engineering Review Board

The Engineering Review Board was established for the purpose of providing direction for the administration of Haywood County's Slope Ordinance. The Board meets in January, April, July and October on the second Monday at 4:30 p.m. in the conference room of the Haywood County Annex II Building. Special Meetings may be called on an as-needed basis.

Haywood Greenway Advisory Council

To guide, plan, coordinate, cooperate, and promote effective greenway opportunities for Haywood County. The Council consists of 13 members and includes the Haywood County Recreation and Parks Director; a representative from the Haywood County Health Department; one representative from each of the incorporated towns in Haywood County; one representative from Lake Junaluska Assembly; one representative from each of the following organizations: Richland Creek Action Committee, Haywood Waterways Association, Blue Ridge Bicycle Club, and Southwestern NC RC&D Council; and two at-large representatives appointed by the Board of Commissioners. Meetings are held bi-monthly, typically on the third Thursday of the month at 3 p.m.

Haywood Community College Board of Trustees

This board functions to see that the community college is well managed. General responsibilities include, but are not limited to establishing the mission and goals of the college; Appointing and evaluating the President; Approving the annual budget; Raising funds; Obtaining adequate physical facilities; Establishing educational programs; Approving long range plans; Serving as a Court of Appeal; and public relations. The regular meetings of the Trustees are held on the second Tuesday of each month usually on the campus of the college.

Haywood Public Transit Advisory Council

This council functions as a liaison between the residents of Haywood County and Mountain Projects, Inc., concerning transportation issues. Responsibilities include serving as the advisory body to Mountain Projects as lead agency in the operation of the Haywood County Transportation System (Haywood Public Transit); recommending policy and making recommendations on the transportation needs of Haywood County citizens; Working to stimulate and promote needed transportation services and programs for county residents; assisting public, private non-profit, private and voluntary agencies in providing transportation services to their clients; Assisting in the development and update of the Haywood County Transportation Development Plan; and other responsibilities requested or prescribed by the Board of Commissioners through Mountain Projects. Meetings are usually held quarterly at the Haywood County Public Library in Waynesville.

Home and Community Care Block Grant and Aging Planning Committee

Serves as the Block Grant Advisory Committee to the lead agency for the planning and coordination of services for the aging that are funded by the Home and Community Care Block Grant. The HCCBG, created by the N.C. General Assembly in 1992, provides funding for services such as Meals on Wheels, Adult Day Care, Home Repair, Information and Assistance, medical and general transportation. The advisory committee meets quarterly, normally on the first Thursday of the month at 9:30 a.m.

Haywood County Board of Health

This board is a policy-making, rule-making and adjudicatory body for the Haywood County Health Department. The Board adopts rules necessary for the purpose of protecting and promoting public health and is appointed by the Board of Commissioners. The regular meeting for the Board of Health is held the second Tuesday of every month at 6 p.m. at the Health Department.

Hospital Authority Board of Commissioners

Serves as the governing body of Haywood Regional Medical Center. Regular meetings are held monthly with an Annual Meeting in April during which officers are elected.

Industrial Facilities and Pollution Control Financing Authority

This Authority functions as a governmental issuer of industrial and pollution control bonds so that they qualify for tax exempt interest treatment. The authority is a flow-thru issuer of these bonds and has no financial responsibility for repayment. The authority meets infrequently on as "as-needed bases" in the event of requests for issuance of such bonds.

Juvenile Crime Prevention Council

The purpose of this Council is to serve as the community level organization which, through partnership with the state of North Carolina, and the Haywood County Board of Commissioners, shall develop community-based alternatives to detention and youth development centers, and provide community-based delinquency and substance abuse prevention strategies and programs. The Council meets monthly.

Library Board of Directors

The responsibilities of this board include adopting written policies governing the operation and program of the Haywood County Public Library; determining the purposes of the library and securing adequate funds to carry out library programs; assisting in the development of the annual budget; knowing local and state laws, and actively support legislation in the state and nation; and establishing policies dealing with book and material selection. The regular monthly meeting is held the third Wednesday of each month at 4 p.m. at the library.

Maggie Valley Planning Board

The purpose of this board is to acquire and maintain in current form such basic information and materials as are necessary to understand past trends, present conditions, and forces at work to cause changes in these conditions; To establish principles and policies for guiding action in the development of the area; To prepare and recommend to the Town Board of Aldermen ordinances promoting orderly development along the lines indicated in the zoning plan; To determine whether specific proposed developments conform to the principles and requirements of the zoning plan for the growth and improvement of the area; To keep the Town Board of Aldermen and the general public informed and advised as to these matters; and to perform any other duties which may lawfully be assigned to it.

Maggie Valley Zoning Board

The function of this board is to hear and decide appeals where it is alleged there is error in any order, requirement, decision or determination made by the Zoning Inspector in the enforcement of the Zoning Ordinance; to grant conditional use permits according to the ordinance requirements; and to authorize upon appeal in specific cases such variances based on the criteria established in the Zoning Ordinance.

Mountain Projects Board of Directors

This governing board is responsible for establishing effective procedures and arrangements enabling the disadvantaged and area residents concerned to influence the character of programs affecting their interests, provide for their regular participation in the implementation of these programs, and provide for technical and other support needed to enable the disadvantaged and neighborhood groups to secure on their own behalf available assistance from public and private sources. The board shall also develop methods for evaluating the community action program that provides an adequate opportunity for the disadvantaged and area residents to obtain information and to question public or private officials on programs and policies proposed for adoption. Regular meetings are held the third Monday of March, June and September at 7:30 p.m. in alternate counties.

Nursing Home Community Advisory Committee

This advisory committee serves to ensure the quality of care for the elderly and disabled adults placed in long-term care facilities by monitoring the facilities and by taking and resolving complaints. The committee meets on the first Thursday of the second month of the quarter at 9 a.m. at the Haywood County Health Department.

Haywood County Planning Board

The purpose of the Planning Board is to prepare and from time to time amend and revise a comprehensive and coordinated plan for the physical development of the county; To acquire and maintain in current form such basic information and materials as are necessary for an understanding of past trends, present conditions, and forces at work to cause changes in these conditions; To establish principles and policies for guiding action in the development of the area; To prepare and recommend to the Board of Commissioners ordinances promoting orderly development along the lines indicated in the comprehensive plan; To determine whether specific proposed developments conform to the principles and requirements of the comprehensive plan for growth and improvement of the area. The Planning Board is expected to keep the Board of Commissioners and the general public informed of these matters and to perform other that may lawfully be assigned to it. Meetings are held on the fourth Monday of each month at 5:30 p.m. in the conference room at Annex II.

Recreation Advisory Board

The purpose of this board is to provide a forum for citizens’ suggestions or concerns, to advise the staff on community recreation needs, and to make staff of the Recreation and Parks Dept. aware of and sensitive to public needs. Meetings are held the first Tuesday of every other month (February, April, June, August, October, and December) at 5:30 p.m.

Region A Aging Advisory Council

This council carries out advisory functions related to developing and coordinating community-based systems of services for all older persons in the planning and service area, including developing and administering the area plan, conducting public hearings, representing the interest of older persons and reviewing and commenting on all community policies, programs and actions which affect older persons with the intent of assuring maximum coordination and responsiveness to older persons. The council usually meets on the second Thursday of the month on a quarterly basis.

Sediment Control Commission

The purpose of the Sediment Control Commission is to carry out the appeals and general directives included in the county’s Sediment Control Ordinance, including providing direction and policy for the sediment control program; making decisions on matters concerning forfeiture of surety, civil and criminal penalties, or injunctions against individuals in violation of the Ordinance; Hearing appeals based on the disapproval or modification of an application for a permit to conduct land-disturbing activities by the Inspector; Hearing appeals as to the determination of forfeiture of applicable surety; Appeals related notices of violation for failure to maintain existing sediment-control structures or ground covers after completion of the project; or for existing uncovered areas subject to continued erosion; and Appeals based on the Inspector's disapproval of a plan pursuant to GS § 154.40(H).

Smoky Mountain Center Board of Directors

This board engages in collaborative, comprehensive planning, budgeting, implementing and monitoring of community-based mental health, developmental disabilities, and substance abuse services; provides for services to clients in the SMC service area; Determines the needs of the area authority’s clients and coordinates with the Secretary of the Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services for the provision of services to clients through area and state facilities; develop plans and budgets for the area authority subject to the approval of the Secretary; Assure that the services provided by the SMC area authority meet the rules of the Commission and Secretary of the NC Division of MH/DD/SAS; Comply with federal requirements as a condition of receipt of federal grants; Appoint by resolution an area director; and Contract to provide services to governmental or private entities, including employee assistance programs. The Board typically meets the fourth Friday of each month. Meetings are traditionally combined in July and August and November and December.

Social Services Board of Directors

The duties of this board include advising County and municipal authorities in developing policies and plans to improve social conditions in the community; Consulting with the director of Social Services about problems relating to that office and to assist the director in planning budgets for the county Department of Social Services; transmitting or presenting the DSS budgets for public assistance, social services, and administration to the Board of Commissioners; and other responsibilities as assigned by the N.C. General Assembly, the N.C. Dept. of Health and Human Services or the Social Services Commission, or the Board of Commissioners. Meetings are held the fourth Tuesday of each month unless circumstances dictate other times. The meetings are usually held at 5 p.m. at the Haywood County Dept. of Social Services.

Southwestern Commission Revolving Loan Fund Advisory Board

The Southwestern Commission has a Revolving Loan Fund through which loans are made to businesses and industries that cannot otherwise obtain necessary funding. The Advisory Board follows a Revolving Loan Fund Plan in evaluating loans for funding consideration. The RLF Administrator takes the RLF Advisory Board’s recommendation to the Commission Policy Board for action. This board meets only on an “as needed” basis, generally on the first Thursday of the months in which the Commission’s Policy Board meets (January, March, May, July, September, and November). The dinner meetings are held in Bryson City or Sylva.

Southwestern North Carolina Resource Conservation and Development Council

This council serves as the governing body for the Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) Program in developing and carrying on a proactive plan for social, economic and environmental betterment of communities. The purpose of the organization is to plan and promote the orderly conservation and development of certain resources in the area. These resources include, but are not necessarily limited to human, land, water, wildlife, forestry, recreation and cultural. Regular meetings are held on a quarterly basis. Special meetings may be called by the Chairman.

Tourism Development Authority

The function of this board is to oversee the operations of the Tourism Development Authority in the collection and disbursement of occupancy tax from Haywood County accommodations and in the promotion of tourism in Haywood County.

Watershed Review Board

The purpose of this Review Board is established in the county’s Watershed Protection Ordinance as follows:
• To hear and decide appeals from any decision or determination made by the Watershed Administrator in the enforcement ordinance.
• To authorize, in specific cases, minor variances from the terms of the Ordinance as will not be contrary to the public interest, where, owing to special conditions, a literal enforcement of the Ordinance will result in practical difficulties or unnecessary hardship, so that the spirit of the Ordinance is observed, public safety and welfare secured, and substantial justice done.
• To institute any appropriate action or proceeding to restrain, correct or abate conditions and/or violations that may pose a threat to water quality.
The Annual Meeting of the Board is held on the third Thursday in March at 7 p.m. The Chairman may call other meetings as necessary.

Waynesville Planning Board

The function and duty of this board is to make comprehensive surveys and studies of existing conditions and probable future developments and prepare such plans for physical, social and economic growth as will best promote the public health, safety, morals, convenience or the general welfare as well as efficiency and economy in the development of the town. In general, the Waynesville Planning Board has the power and duty to: Acquire and maintain in current form such basic information, and materials as are necessary to an understanding of past trends, present conditions, and forces at work to cause changes in these conditions; prepare and from time to time amend and revise a comprehensive and coordinated plan for the physical development of the area; Establish principles and policies for guiding action in the development of the area; Prepare and recommend to the Town Board of Aldermen ordinances promoting orderly development in accordance with the comprehensive plan; Determine whether specific proposed developments conform to the principles and requirements of the comprehensive plan for the growth and improvement of the area; and Keep the Town Board and the general public informed and advised as to these matters. The Planning Board meets the third Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Waynesville Town Hall.

Waynesville Board of Adjustment

This board functions to interpret zoning maps and pass upon disputed questions of lot lines or district boundary lines and any other questions of interpretation that may arise in the administration of this chapter; to hear and decide appeals from any order, requirement, decision or determination made by the Building Official/Zoning Administrator in the enforcement of this chapter as provided in GS §154.165; to grant in particular cases and subject to appropriate conditions and safeguards, permit conditional uses as authorized by state statutes; upon application, the board may authorize in specific cases such variance from the terms of state statutes as will not be contrary to the public interest.