Stanly County Planning Department serves as Norwood’s Zoning Officer. The Zoning Officer assists citizens with property rezoning, zoning text amendments, variance applications, nuisance ordinance violations, conditional use permits, and various other zoning and compliance issues. The Town of Norwood contracts with the County of Stanly for Code Enforcement also for matters that include Minimum Housing violations and nuisance complaints.
Zoning Board of Adjustments
The Norwood Zoning Board of Adjustments meets the third Tuesday of every month at 7:00 PM at the Norwood Town Hall, 212 South Main Street. The Zoning Board of Adjustment a quasi-judicial Board governed by North Carolina General Statute §160A-388 that is authorized to hear and decide on appeals from the decisions of administrative officials charged with enforcement of the Norwood Zoning Ordinance, and can also issue variances, conditional or special use permits. Norwood’s Zoning Board of Adjustments is comprised of six members and two alternates. Norwood’s Zoning Board of Adjustments also has authority outside of the corporate limits in an area known as the ETJ, or extraterritorial jurisdiction. This is an area that extends up to one mile beyond the corporate limits of Norwood.
The Norwood Planning Board meets at the same time as the Norwood Zoning Board of Adjustments, following the closure of the Board of Adjustments session. The Planning Board is charged with reviewing amendments to the Zoning Ordinance and subdivision plats and making recommendations to the Norwood Town Council.
Currently, the Zoning Board of Adjustments and Planning Board members are:
Richard Lilly, Chair
Keith Morgan, Vice Chair
John Mullis, Planning Director