Below is a brief summary of each of the Town of Canton’s Special Boards and Commissions. Minutes from meetings are provided where applicable.
The Town of Canton’s Planning Board is an advisory authority to the Town of Canton’s Mayor and Board of Aldermen/women.
The Planning Board prepares and submits zoning ordinances and maps to the Town Board for consideration and possible adoption. The Planning Board may initiate from time to time, proposals for amendments of the zoning ordinances, based upon its studies and comprehensive plan. The Planning Board is also charged with reviewing plans in certain new development/re-development situations to ensure that the proposed development meets the principles and requirements of the Town’s Code of Ordinances, etc.
Minutes from the Planning Board
ZONING BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT
The Town of Canton’s Zoning Board of Adjustment is charged with administrative review to hear and decide appeals where it is alleged there has been an error in any order, requirement, decision or determination made by the Zoning Administrator and/or any other designee of his/her as it relates to the Town of Canton’s Zoning Ordinance. The Zoning Board of Adjustment also has the power and duty to hear and decide special exceptions to the terms of the Zoning Ordinance under certain circumstances. The Zoning Board of Adjustment is also able to hear and rule on variance requests . A variance may be granted in such individual case of unnecessary hardship upon a finding by the Board of Adjustment that all of a number of conditions exists.
The Town of Canton’s Recreation Commission provides, maintains, operates and supervises public parks, playgrounds, athletic fields and recreation centers and other recreational facilities owned or controlled by the Town or leased or loaned to the Commission by the owners. The Recreation Commission assists with the development of long range planning for programs and facilities.
The Town of Canton’s Historical Commission formulates ideas and concepts for historic preservation programs, projects and plans; and presents recommendations to the Board of Aldermen/women. The Historical Commission initiates, promotes and assists in the implementation of programs of historic significance in the Town. It additionally oversees, coordinates and implements the historic preservation programs that will preserve buidlings, records, documents, photographs, and other items of historical significance to the Town.
COMMUNITY APPEARANCE COMMISSION
The Town of Canton’s Community Appearance Commission formulates ideas and concepts for beautification programs and presents recommendations to the Board of Aldermen/women for approval. This Commission initiates, promotes and assists in the implementation of programs of general community beautification in the Town. It oversees, coordinates and implements the streetscape program which shall include flower beds, Christmas lighting, gazebo and all beautification projects in the future.
CAMP HOPE COMMISSION
The Town of Canton’s Camp Hope Commission advises the Board of Aldermen/women and the Town Manager on the general management and long range planning needs pertaining to Camp Hope in order to support its preservation for public use in perpetuity and ensure proper stewardship.
LABOR DAY COMMISSION
The Town of Canton’s Labor Day Commission is charged with advising the Town on the planning and production of the Annual Labor Day Festival.
NOTE: If you would like to be considered for a vacant seat on a Board or Commission, please complete an application by CLICKING HERE and return it to Canton Town Hall, 58 Park Street, Canton, NC 28716 or fax it to (828) 646-3419. The Board of Aldermen/women is responsible for selecting all members. Selections will be made based on the information contained within your application. In some cases, an interview may be requested.