Unified Development Ordinance, 5th supplement, March 2018
Part 10A: Unified Development Ordinance City of Raleigh, North Carolina 10 – 7 Effective Date: March 6, 2018 Supp. No. 5 Article 10.1. Review Bodies | CHAPTER 10. ADMINISTRATION Sec. 10.1.5. Appearance Commission Sec. 10.1.5. Appearance Commission A. In General 1. Establishment The Appearance Commission is established to exercise any and all powers prescribed by North Carolina general and local law under N.C. Gen. Stat. §160A, Article 19, Part 7, including the City Charter, and to perform duties as lawfully directed by the City Council. 2. Composition a. The Appearance Commission shall be composed of 15 members who shall reside either within the City corporate limits or within the extra- territorial jurisdiction of the City. b. Members of the Appearance Commission shall be appointed by the City Council. Each member shall be appointed for a term of 2 years. c. Where possible, appointments to the Appearance Commission shall be made in such manner as to maintain a majority of members with special training or experience in a field of design such as architecture, landscape design, horticulture, city planning, urban design or a closely-related field. 3. Rules of Procedure a. The Appearance Commission shall establish its own rules of procedure, subject to approval by the City Council. b. The Appearance Commission shall, no later than April 15 of each year, submit to the City Council a written report of its activities, a statement of its expenditures to date for the current fiscal year and its requested budget for the next fiscal year. All accounts and funds of the Appearance Commission shall be administered in accordance with the requirements of all applicable State and local laws. c. The Appearance Commission may receive contributions from private agencies, foundations, organizations, individuals and the State or Federal government or any other source in addition to any sums appropriated for its use by the City Council. It may accept and disburse these funds for any purpose within the scope of its authority as specified in this section and under all applicable State and local laws. d. The rules, regulations, minutes and actions of the Appearance Commission shall be maintained by Planning and Development. B. General Authority 1. The Appearance Commission shall make a careful study of the visual aspects of the City and its planning and zoning jurisdiction and shall make plans and carry out programs that will enhance and improve the visual quality and aesthetic characteristics of such areas within the Appearance Commission's scope of the powers. 2. The Appearance Commission may recommend to the City Council suitable arrangements for the procurement or provision of staff or technical services for the Commission and may establish an advisory council or other committee to aid it in its work. 3. The Appearance Commission shall in accordance with this UDO conduct public meetings and evaluate requests for Administrative Alternates and may recommend to the Planning and Development Officer approval of the alternate, approval of the alternate with changes or denial of the alternate. Sec. 10.1.6. Open Meeting Requirements Meetings of the City Council and its Boards and Commissions are subject to all ap- plicable requirements of the North Carolina open meetings law.