What is the Planning Board?

The Board of County Commissioners in 1977, by ordinance, created the County Planning Board to conduct the following activities: -make recommendations on rezoning cases and text changes; -render decisions on subdivisions; -hear variance cases pertaining to only Chapter 13 (Subdivisions); -make studies of Gaston County and surrounding areas; -determine objectives in the development of the study area; -develop and recommend policies, ordinances and/or procedures for obtaining the objectives; -and other related matters. Refer to Section 4.4 and Table 4.1-1 for other information and duties of the Planning Board. H_Ch4_Admin_Agencies_Funct

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1. What is the UDO and how will it affect my property?
2. How can I get a copy of this ordinance?
3. What is Planning and Zoning? What are there essential functions?
4. Who do I contact with questions regarding this ordinance?
5. Where can I find a list of terms / definitions?
6. What instances require a zoning permit?
7. What are the basic procedures for obtaining a building permit?
8. What are the procedures to subdivide my property?
9. How do I file a complaint? (building code, zoning, and minimum housing)
10. What Watershed am I in? What are those regulations?
11. Is my property in the floodplain?
12. What do I do if my property doesn't comply with the UDO regulations?
13. What will happen if I violate the UDO?
14. What is the fee schedule?
15. What is a Conditional Use Permit?
16. What is Parallel Conditional Use Zoning (PCUP)?
17. What is a text amendment?
18. How do I get a variance?
19. What is an appeal? How do I file an appeal?
20. What is a Special Exception? How do I request a Special Exception?
21. Are there deadlines for submitting requests?
22. What is the process of constructing a residential structure on a piece of property?
23. What are the required setbacks? (residential, commercial, industrial)
24. Can I start a business in / at my home?
25. How do I establish a particular use?
26. What is the Urban Standards Overlay (USO) District?
27. What is the purpose of landscaping regulations?
28. What are signage regulations for?
29. What are parking requirements for?
30. What is the meaning and purpose of "Open Space"?
31. What are the subdivision standards?
32. What is the Planning Board?
33. What is the role of the Board of Commissioners?
34. What is the Board of Adjustment?