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Planning Department

Planning Department phone number: 828-631-2261

Gerald Green, Director
828-631-2255

Email: geraldgreen@jacksonnc.org

John Jeleniewski, Code Compliance Officer
828-631-2282

Email: johnjeleniewski@jacksonnc.org

Planning Department - Contact Email: planning@jacksonnc.org

PLANNING DEPARTMENT - PUBLIC MEETING SIGN-UP

MHDO Public Hearing Comments Summary MHDO Public Hearing Comments Summary (199 KB)

2013 Business Start-Up Brochure 2013 Business Start-Up Brochure (5866 KB)

The Jackson County Planning Board's regular meeting is on the second Thursday of each month at 6:00 p.m. in Room   A-227, located on the second floor of the Jackson County Justice Center. All interested persons are invited to attend the meetings.

Permit and Plan Review Process

Jackson County has created a Plan Review Process to assist Developers, Design Professionals, Contractors and Property Owners who are seeking approval of site development applications for commercial, industrial, multi-family projects or projects having to meet the criteria established in the Jackson County Subdivision Ordinance. This review process includes most proposed projects within the County and in zoned jurisdictions. For more information regarding the Plan Review Process and Applications, please click on the following link or call the Jackson County Permit Center at: 828-586-7560.

Start a Land Development Application HereClick to Begin

 

PLEASE NOTE: Jackson County has established a permitting center. Applications for all land development related permits and approvals (land development applications, subdivsion, site plan approval, signs, erosion control, mobile home parks, etc) can now be submitted to the Permitting and Code Enforcement Office on the first floor of the Jackson County Justice and Administration Building. The permitting center is located in the offices of the Building Inspectors. We hope that providing the public with one location to apply for all permits will be more convenient for all persons applying for permits and approvals.

Mission Statement

The Jackson County Planning Department strives to achieve excellence and consistency while fulfilling its role as advisor to the County Manager and Governing Body on land use, planning, code enforcement and other regulator programs that guide future growth and development within Jackson County.


We are committed to providing quality services to all citizens through innovation, continuous improvement, determination and excellence in customer service. We strongly believe in a community-oriented comprehensive planning approach and welcome any comments, concerns, or suggestions that citizens would like to offer.

Ordinances

All Jackson County Ordinances have been combined into the County’s Code of Ordinances. Click here on the Ordinances link to view the Code of Ordinances.

Jackson County Ordinance

Town of Sylva Zoning Ordinance

Town of Dillsboro Zoning Ordinance

Town of Webster Zoning Ordinance

Cashiers Commercial Area Land Development Ordinance

441 Corridor Development Zoning Ordinance

Applications 

Are you thinking about building a new home in Jackson County? Or perhaps you just need to install a new septic tank, drill a well, or change out an electrical service? Are you grading or otherwise disturbing land? The first step for any new development in Jackson County is to contact, or visit our office. In most instances, you will be required to fill out one or more of our applications. To expedite the process, you can download the applications from this link, allowing you to have them filled out prior to your visit with us.

Click here to access the applications.

Slope Analysis Request:

The Jackson County Mountain and Hillside Development Ordinance (MHDO) requires that prior to commencing any development or land disturbed activity and prior to making application for any permits and/or other approvals, the calculated average slope for a particular land tract shall be approved by the Jackson County Planning Director. The Jackson County Planning Department will provide the applicant a detailed analysis of the tract based on the information submitted to determine if the tract is required to comply with the MHDO. Please click, and save the PDF below, the "Request for Slope Analysis"  form, complete the property and contact information and submit to the Jackson County Planning Department to process your request. For more information, please contact the Jackson County Planning Department at: 828-631-2261.

Request for Slope Analysis Request for Slope Analysis (82 KB)

Boards

Jackson County Planning Board Jackson County Planning Board (44 KB)

The Planning Department currently provides administrative assistance to eight (8) boards. For a complete list of these boards, along with their membership, meeting schedules, and minutes, please click here on the Boards link.

Planning Board Items

09-11-2014 Planning Board Agenda 09-11-2014 Planning Board Agenda (67 KB)

08-14-2014 Planning Board Minutes 08-14-2014 Planning Board Minutes (107 KB)

 

Current Projects

09-18-2014 Draft Cullowhee Development Standards 09-18-2014 Draft Cullowhee Development Standards (1817 KB)

09-15-2014 Draft Cullowhee District Map 09-15-2014 Draft Cullowhee District Map (758 KB)

US441 Small Area Plan US441 Small Area Plan (41144 KB)

05-28-2014 CullowheeVisionPlan Final 05-28-2014 CullowheeVisionPlan Final (6339 KB)

05-12-2014 Jackson County Protected Mountain Ridges 05-12-2014 Jackson County Protected Mountain Ridges (405 KB)

06-26-2014 US 441 Corridor Development Ordinance Revisions 06-26-2014 US 441 Corridor Development Ordinance Revisions (509 KB)

08-12-2013 Telecommunications Ordinance - Issues for Consideration 08-12-2013 Telecommunications Ordinance - Issues for Consideration (201 KB)

06-10-2013 Draft Cullowhee Planning Area 06-10-2013 Draft Cullowhee Planning Area (45427 KB)

Cashiers Transportation Plan Cashiers Transportation Plan (104 KB)

Cashiers Transportation Map Cashiers Transportation Map (590 KB)

 See below what is currently happening in the Planning Department.

Cullowhee River Club Master Plan - Proposed Development Cullowhee River Club Master Plan - Proposed Development (2237 KB)

Ordinance Revisions Open Space - ADOPTED Ordinance Revisions Open Space - ADOPTED (368 KB)

Ordinance Water Recharge - ADOPTED Ordinance Water Recharge - ADOPTED (197 KB)

Reports

November 2013 - Mordecai Zachary House Landmark Report November 2013 - Mordecai Zachary House Landmark Report (17465 KB)

07-11-2013 ALC Planning Board Presentation 07-11-2013 ALC Planning Board Presentation (15371 KB)

June 2013 ALC Report On Slope Disturbance vs Landslide Occurrence June 2013 ALC Report On Slope Disturbance vs Landslide Occurrence (1519 KB)

April 2013 Jackson County Demographic Data Report April 2013 Jackson County Demographic Data Report (236 KB)

Jackson County Landslide Report - February 19, 2013 Jackson County Landslide Report - February 19, 2013 (258 KB)

Jackson County Landslide Mapping Report March 2011 Jackson County Landslide Mapping Report March 2011 (7105 KB)

2011-01-09 Jackson County 2010 Census Data 2011-01-09 Jackson County 2010 Census Data (259 KB)

Fee Schedule

Fee Schedule 2013-2014 Fee Schedule 2013-2014 (39 KB)

For Jackson County Floodplain information, please contact:

Tony Elders, CFM
Permitting & Code Enforcement Director/Jackson County Floodplain Manager
Jackson County Justice Center
401 Grindstaff Cove Road., Suite A-145
Sylva, NC 28779
Contact number: 828-631-2284
Email:  tonyelders@jacksonnc.org