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Written by Chad Meadows


APA-NC’s response to draft changes to Chapter 160A/153A NCGS.

Hello NC Planners!  We at the Legislative Committee hope your holidays are going well. About two months ago, a series of land use attorneys began working with the North Carolina Bar Association to prepare revisions to portions of Chapter 160A and 153A. The idea was to simplify the state planning statutes, make them easier to read, and remove many of the current inconsistencies in the language. Copies of the proposed changes were sent to all local government attorneys across the state, and can be read and downloaded here.

Several North Carolina planners have reviewed the draft changes from the NC Bar Association, and their comments have been sent to the NC Bar Association drafters for consideration. A copy of the memorandum can be seen here.

A HUGE thank you to all the planners who contributed time and comments to this effort!

Please note that the NC Bar Association is accepting comments on its proposed changes through December 31, 2014, so please feel free to forward any additional comments you may have directly to them. Feel free to contact me at if you need their contact information.

The next step in the process is for the NC Bar Association drafters to work through the comments they receive and prepare a revised version of the proposed changes.  We expect the revised changes to be incorporated into a bill for consideration by the General Assembly in the 2015 session.  Rest assured we will be paying close attention to the bill’s language and progress, and will keep the chapter membership apprised of its status.

Be sure to check back to the this page and the Legislative Committee’s page regularly for updates on this and other bills of importance to planners across the state.

Thanks, and Happy New Year from all of us in the Legislative Committee!