ROCKINGHAM — Two new faces will be joining the Richmond County Planning and Zoning Board of Adjustment at its Tuesday night meeting.
Willa Spivey and Debra Parsons were sworn in Monday afternoon as alternates by Marian Savage, clerk to the county Board of Commissioners.
The women were appointed by county commissioners at last Tuesday’s meeting.
Spivey is the vice president of Fidelity Bank and manager of the Richmond County branch. Parsons is a real estate broker and owner of Coldwell Banker Preferred Properties in Rockingham.
Both women said they wanted to join the board to serve Richmond County and this isn’t a first-time appointment for either of them.
Parsons — who lived most of her life in Moore County — was on the first planning board there. She said her family moved to Richmond County about 16 years ago because of the high school.
Spivey, an Ellerbe native, currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Richmond Community College, as well as the board for the Rankin Museum of American Heritage.
As alternates, Spivey and Parsons will just “sit and observe,” but can be called to serve in a representing spot of another member can’t be there, according to Tracy Parris, planner and zoning administrator for the county.
Parris said the board only meets when approving conditional-use permits, reviewing information on planning or amendments to the county’s zoning ordinance.
After considering a permit application and comments during a public hearing, Parris said the board must determine that four elements have been met in a conclusion of law:
• that the use will not materially endanger the public health or safety if located according to the plan submitted and approved;
• that the use meets all required conditions and specifiactions;
• that the use will not substantially injure the value of adjiong or abutting property, or that the use is a public necessity; and
• that the location and character of the use, if developed according to the plan as submitted and approved, will be in harmony with the area in which it is to be located and in general conformity with the Richmond County Land Use Plan.
“It’s not a self-serving position,” Spivey said. “It shouldn’t be political, it should just be the interpretation of the law, hopefully correctly.”
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