The Planning Department is composed of a staff (see organization chart [pdf/394kb/1p]) with expertise in land use planning, transportation planning, economic development, historic preservation, neighborhood revitalization, environmental protection, and other issues affecting the growth of our community. Staff provides the data, information, and professional recommendations regarding land use issues and other planning policy questions to the Planning Board and elected boards to help them make informed recommendations and decisions. The department accomplishes this work in four multidisciplinary areas: Comprehensive and Urban Design Planning; Community Character; Land Use Administration; and Addressing and GIS.

Read more about us and the work areas.

  Name  -  E-mail Title Telephone


  Paul Norby, Director Margaret Bessette  Chris Frye  
  Paul Norby, FAICP Director (336) 747-7061
  Margaret Bessette, AICP  Asst. Director, Planning  (336) 747-7058 
  Angie Plummer Graphics Coordinator (336) 747-7044
  Chris Frye Sr. Administrative Assistant (336) 747-7053
  Shelly Stewart Administrative Secretary (336) 747-7040

Comprehensive Planning and Design
(Area plans, Legacy 2030 Comprehensive Plan, Redevelopment Plans, Special Design, Public Outreach)

   Kirk Ericson Marco Andrade Kelly Bennett   Steve Smotherman 
  Kirk Ericson, AICP Principal Planner (336) 747-7045  
  Marco Andrade Project Planner (336) 747-7057
  Kelly Bennett, AICP   
Project Planner
(336) 747-7062
  Byron Brown Project Planner (336) 747-7060
  Walter Farabee Project Planner (336) 747-7059
  Steve Smotherman, AICP Project Planner (336) 747-7066

Community Character
(Historic Preservation, Community Appearance, Subdivision, Site Plans, Front Counter) 

  David Reed Amy Crum  Michelle McCullough  Colin Franklin Rob Solomon
  David Reed, AICP Principal Planner (336) 747-7043
  Amy Crum Project Planner (336) 747-7051
  Michelle McCullough Project Planner (336) 747-7063
  April Johnson Project Planner (336) 747-7054
  Colin Franklin   Assistant Planner   (336) 747-7042 
  Robert Solomon   Plan Review Coordinator   (336) 747-7064  

Land Use Administration
(Zoning, Special Use Permits, Zoning Enforcement, Permit Office)

   Aaron King  Gary Roberts 
  Aaron King Principal Planner (336) 747-7068
  Gary Roberts Jr., AICP Project Planner (336) 747-7069

 Addressing and GIS
(Addressing, Street Naming, GIS, mapping)

  Lynn Ruscher Ben Stamey    
  Lynn Ruscher, AICP, GISP Principal Planner (336) 747-7056
  Ben Stamey Address Coordinator (336) 747-7497
  Kevin Edwards Project Planner (336) 747-7052
  Kaylen A. Francis   Planner   (336) 747-7046 

Revised: 4/27/2015


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