APA-NC Executive Committee Welcomes New Legislative Committee Chair

Author: Pete Sullivan, AICP, Communications Committee

The APA-NC Executive Committee welcomes (back) Chad Meadows, AICP, as Chair of the Legislative Committee. Chad served as Chair from 2014-2016. Former Chair Amy Nelson, AICP, served in this role for the past two years, and is thanked for her service to the committee. The Legislative Committee influences North Carolina land use legislation on behalf of the chapter by monitoring planning-related bills, advocating for positions with support from the chapter’s lobbyist, and initiating planning-related legislation.

Chad is excited to return to the role of Chair. One of his first priorities will be to administer the committee’s recent grant award from the American Planning Association (APA). In 2018 the chapter received a $3,000 grant from APA to fund the preparation of a white paper detailing successful legislative programs from other state chapters and to develop a strategic plan for the committee. Chad hopes the committee can further assist NC planners in adapting to new legislation and tracking legislative issues. Planners attending the APA-NC annual conference in Winston-Salem are encouraged to attend the Legislative Committee session on September 12 to learn more about the committee’s initiatives.

Chad is founder and principal of CodeWright Planners, LLC, and has over 25 years of professional experience in planning, zoning, and growth management. He has been a member of the chapter since 2001, and has been involved with the Legislative Committee for the past six years.

Past Chair Amy Nelson and has been a chapter member since 2000. She served as Legislative Committee Chair from 2016-2018, and during this time she was pleased to see planners and other groups organize to oppose anti-planning legislation, particularly the defeat of multiple billboard bills put forth in 2017. Amy is the Director of Planning & Community for the City of Burlington. Despite not having a lot of free time, Amy has recently begun charity work and finds it satisfying (way to go!).