Planning / Zoning Enforcement Department Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

 

What is Planning?

What Do Planners Do?

What Specializations Are Common in the Planning Profession?

How Are Planners Educated?

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What Is Planning?

Planning, also called urban planning or city and regional planning, is a dynamic profession that works to improve the welfare of people and their communities by creating more convenient, equitable, healthful, efficient, and attractive places for present and future generations.

Planning enables civic leaders, businesses, and citizens to play a meaningful role in creating communities that enrich people's lives.

Good planning helps create communities that offer better choices for where and how people live. Planning helps community members envision the direction their community grow and will help them find the right balance of new development and essential services, protection of the environment, and innovative change.

Planning is done in many arenas and involves professionals who are planners and those who are professionally certified by the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP). Planners work with elected and appointed officials, such as mayors and planning commissioners, to lead the planning process with the goal of creating communities of lasting value. Planners help civic leaders, businesses, and citizens envision new possibilities and solutions to community problems.

The American Planning Association and its professional institute, AICP, help planners, officials, and citizens better serve their communities by providing research, educational resources, practical advice and tools, and up-to-date information on planning. Planners working with community members help communities meet the challenges of growth and change.

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What Do Planners Do?

Professional planners help create a broad vision for the community. They also research, design, and develop programs; lead public processes; effect social change; perform technical analyses; manage; and educate. Some planners focus on just some of these roles, such as transportation planning, but most will work at many kinds of planning throughout their careers.

The basic element is the creation of a plan. Planners develop a plan through analysis of data and identification of goals for the community or the project. Planners help the community and its various groups identify their goals and form a particular vision.

In the creation of a plan, planners identify the strategies by which the community can reach its goals and vision. Planners are also responsible for the implementation or enforcement of many of the strategies, often coordinating the work of many groups of people. It is important to recognize that a plan can take a variety of forms including: policy recommendations, community action plans, comprehensive plans, neighborhood plans, regulatory and incentive strategies, or historic preservation plans.

Other examples of plans include: redevelopment plans, smart growth strategies, economic development strategic plans, site plans, and disaster preparedness plans.

A Typical Day for a Planner, and With Whom Do Planners Work

Planning is a highly collaborative field, and planners spend much of their time working with others. A planner's day may start with a staff meeting to discuss the management of a planning project. Other meetings might include a team meeting with engineers, architects, health professionals, and landscape architects to review the specifics of a plan. Yet other meetings might take place with developers as part of a pre-application process. The planner's role is to provide the big picture and to relate the project to various goals and guidelines, such as ordinances or design review, in order to achieve a final project that meets the needs of the community. This might include appropriate design, environmental considerations, support for the local economy, or equitable access for all members of the community.

Planners are also responsible for knowing state and federal legislation and court rulings that relate to the project, plans, or guidelines. For example, planners must know how the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution relates to sign controls or how street designs relate to the Americans with Disabilities Act. Once again, planners are responsible for providing this technical knowledge to the projects. In complex projects, a developer will likely consult his or her own legal experts.

Some part of the planner's day involves working on his or her own. Planners may conduct research and gather data from a variety of sources, including economic development or market research studies, from census reports, or from environmental studies. The planner tests assumptions about the meaning and importance of the data by using a variety of technologies. One common tool used in planning is Geographic Information Systems (GIS) that link data and electronic mapping. Other tools may include scenario building visualization tools, electronic poling systems, financial analysis spreadsheets, and demographic databases. Planners prepare reports on their findings and analysis. Often, they will provide alternatives for policy makers to consider. Writing and synthesis skills are necessary for this part of the job.

Planners also do presentations. Presentations are made by mid-level staff, department heads, or the planning director. Planners frequently provide presentations to the city council, business groups, neighborhood groups, and professionals. These presentations place the specific project or issue in the context of the community's plans and guidelines for development and change. Today, planners are proficient in using PowerPoint and other visual technologies to present information and ideas in planning. Presentation skills are very important for private sector planners who have to present projects at various stages to clients, officials, or the public.

Project management is another important skill for planners, especially for those working in the private sector. Planners manage a variety of projects from neighborhood planning programs to the design and development of a new bike path to much larger scale projects. They also oversee grant programs, such as historic preservation or community development block grants.

Planners also engage in more lengthy processes of public participation. In these projects, planners call upon their skills as facilitators working with a broad spectrum of community members. These processes have become very creative and planners often use exercises, charrettes, visualization techniques, and group work in the development of the plan.

A planner's day often extends into the evening as he or she provides staff support to the monthly planning commission meeting. Public sector planners provide reports to the commission and provide support to the public meeting. Private sector planners present projects to the commission. It is not uncommon for a planning attorney to present proposals to the planning commission or, on occasion, to provide legal counsel to the planning commission. Other evening meetings may include neighborhood meetings or staffing the historic preservation review board.

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What Specializations Are Common in the Planning Profession?

Most planners perform their work in one or more particular fields of specialization within the larger planning profession. These specializations represent specific bodies of planning knowledge that jointly further the welfare of people and communities. While some planners spend their entire career within one of these specializations, most will move between them or find employment opportunities that combine specializations. Here are several of the most common specializations within the planning profession:

• Community Development

• Land Use & Code Enforcement

• Transportation Planning

• Environmental/Natural Resources Planning

• Economic Development

• Urban Design

• Planning Management/Finance

• Housing

• Parks & Recreation

• Historic Preservation

• Community Activism/Empowerment

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How Are Planners Educated?

Three main degrees are awarded in the field. The first is an undergraduate degree in planning. Many with undergraduate degrees will go on to receive a master's degree in planning. However, planners with undergraduate degrees do work in planning practice, often in entry level positions. A degree from a Planning Accreditation Board (PAB) accredited university in Urban Planning or City and Regional Planning is the most thorough educational preparation for the planning field. PAB accredits undergraduate programs.

A master's-level graduate degree is considered the standard for those who are planning practitioners. Some planning graduate students have an undergraduate degree in planning, but others may have studied geography, urban studies, architecture, or sociology.

(reprinted from the American Planning Association website: www.planning.org)

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Frequently Asked Questions:

 

Note: This information does not replace or supersede the Zoning Ordinance or conditions of zoning. Additional restrictions may be imposed by private covenants or conditions of property owner associations.

 

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Accessory Buildings / Accessory Uses

Administrative Variances

Animal Control

Appeals

Application Forms

Assessments

 

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Banners

Bed and Breakfast

Board of Adjustment

Boats

Buffers

Building Additions

Building Permits

Buildable Residential Lots

Building Setbacks

Business Licenses

 

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Carports

Car Repair

Case (site plan, subdivision, zoning)

CC&Rs (covenants, conditions and restrictions)

Census Data

Childcare

Churches / Places of Worship

Citizen Notification

Code Enforcement

Complaints

Comprehensive Plan

Conditional Use Permits

Conditional Use Planned Development

Conditions of Zoning

Construction Debris

Contact Information

Covenants

 

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Daycare

Decks

Demographics

Development (Pending)

Development Standards

Directions to Planning Department

Dogs

Driveways

Dwelling Units Allowed

 

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Easements

Enforcement

 

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Farms / Farming

Fees

Fences

Floodplains / Flood Zones

 

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Garages

Group Homes

Growth

 

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Height Limits

Historical Preservation

Home-based Businesses

Horses

Household Pets

 

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In-Law Units

 

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Junk

 

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Kennels

 

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Landscaping Requirements

Land Use Plan

 

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Manufactured Homes

Maps

Minor Site Plan Review

Mobile Homes

Modular Homes

 

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Nonconforming Uses

 

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Outside Storage

 

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Parcel Number

Parcel Plat Subdivisions

Parking Restrictions

Permitted Land Uses

Planning

Planning & Zoning Board

Plats

Population

Property Lines

Property Values

Publications

Public Facilities Plan

Public Hearings

 

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Real Estate Signs

Record Plats

Recreational Vehicles

Restricted Uses

Rezoning

 

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Satellite Dishes

Setbacks

Sketch Plan

Signs

Site Plans

Staff Reports

Storage Buildings

Subdivision Ordinance

Subdivisions

Survey Plat

 

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Tax Map Number

Trailers

Transportation

 

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Uses Permitted

 

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Variances

 

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Walls

 

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Yard Sales

 

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Zoning Amendments

Zoning Certificates

Zoning Districts

Zoning Ordinance

Zoning: Permitted Uses

Zoning Violations

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Accessory Building/ Accessory Uses

What is an accessory use and what rules apply to these?

 

The Zoning Ordinance allows various accessory buildings or land uses in each zoning district. The ordinance defines “accessory” as: “A detached subordinate building, the use of which is incidental to that of the principal building and located on the same lot.” For a building or use to be an accessory, it must be lesser than the primary permitted use on the property. For example, if a detached garage building is allowed as an accessory use in a residential district, it must be smaller than the primary residential use (house).

 

Administrative Variances

The Town of Jamestown does not grant variances administratively.  Variances to building setbacks must be processed through the public hearing process at the Board of Zoning Appeals.  Variances require an application form (contact the Planning Department) and an application fee. Variances require strict legal findings, based on proof supplied by the applicant. These findings include:

 

(1) If the applicant complies with the provisions of this Ordinance, he can make no reasonable use of his property;

(2) The hardship of which the applicant complains results from unique circumstances related to the applicant’s property.

(3) The hardship relates to the applicant’s property, rather than personal circumstances.

(4) The hardship is not the result of the applicant’s own actions.

 

In most situations, new construction cannot meet these criteria. Typically, hardship findings cannot be made if there is a design solution available that meets code requirements. We encourage you to review all possible design solutions that would not require a variance process.

 

Animal Control

The Town of Jamestown contracts with Guilford County for animal control services. If you have issues with a neighbor's pet, please contact Guilford County Animal Control at 641-5990 or check the Guilford County website.

 

Appeals

How can I appeal a recent planning or zoning decision?

 

The Development Ordinance provides the right of appeal to certain persons for a variety of different zoning and subdivision decisions. The appeal process depends on the type of action you wish to appeal. There may also be an application fee for certain types of appeal applications.  The right to appeal in some cases is restricted. Please contact the Planning Department to discuss your particular situation.

 

 

 

Application Forms

Where can I get application forms for zoning or development projects?

 

Most application forms are available at the Planning Department. Application forms for rezoning, conditional use permits, and conditional use planned developments are available upon completion of a pre-application

meeting with Planning staff. Many forms are available online.

 

Can I submit applications by mail or by courier?

 

Application submittals and supplemental information can generally be sent by mail or courier. New applications should be submitted in person, directly by the application or agent, so that any incomplete items may be fully communicated.

 

Applications that are not filed in person may require longer processing times in order to evaluate application completeness.

 

What happens if I submit an incomplete application?

 

Planning Department staff will work with you to identify the missing or incomplete parts of the application. Certain items (including, but not limited to the application form and the application fee) must be included in the submittal or your application will be returned.

 

Assessments

How much is my property assessment?

 

Currently, there are no plans to levy assessments against properties in the Town of Jamestown. 

 

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Banners

What are the rules for putting up banners?

 

The Development Ordinance (Article VII Section 7-5 (K)) allows temporary signs and banners that advertise special events (sales, grand opening, community events) for a limited time period (14 consecutive days, maximum).  A free banner permit is required for each banner.  Please contact the Planning Department for more information.

Bed and Breakfasts

Does the Town allow Bed and Breakfast establishments?

Bed and Breakfast establishments are permitted in Agricultural (AG), Residential/Main Street Transitional (R/MST) and Single Family Residential (SFR) zoning districts. However, there are different standards for operations in each of these districts. The B&B FAQ sheet gives complete information on these permissions. 

Board of Adjustment

What is the Board of Zoning Appeals and what do they do?

 

The Board of Adjustment (BOA) reviews applications for variances and special exceptions, and certain types of appeals.

 

Who is my Board of Adjustment representative and how can I contact my BOA representative?

 

Contact information for each current BOA member may be found on the Town’s website.

 

Boats

Where can I store my boat (or other recreational vehicle)?

 

The Zoning Ordinance defines boats as “recreational equipment” and limits boat storage in residential districts. Recreational equipment may not be parked in front yards (except for loading or unloading), and must be parked or stored in a rear yard and meet district setbacks.

 

Buffers

What are buffers?

 

A buffer is a natural screening area composed of natural vegetation, such as trees and underbrush. The intent of a buffer is to shield developments from adjoining roads, more intense land uses, noise, glare, and to maintain privacy.

 

What buffer requirements apply to my property?

 

Buffer widths, locations, and requirements vary across the town. Contact the Planning Department to discuss your particular situation.

 

What can be done in buffer areas?

 

Designated buffers cannot be disturbed. This includes removing trees and underbrush. Removal of dead or diseased trees in buffers must be approved by the Planning Department. Accessory buildings such as garages and sheds may not encroach into a buffer.

 

Building Additions

I’d like to build an addition to my house. What is required?

 

Before construction begins you should contact the Planning Department to verify building setbacks and fulfill building permit requirements.

 

What about the requirements to expand my non-residential building?

 

Non-residential additions typically require site plan review.

 

Building Permits

Do I need a building permit?

 

A building permit is required for most new construction.  Information about building permits is available from the Planning Department. Building permits are generally not required for fences (except for masonry walls).

 

Buildable Residential Lots

I have a vacant lot. Can I build a house on it?

 

Factors such as zoning, lot area, lot width, utility connections, and parcel creation date may all affect whether a lot or parcel is buildable for a residence. Contact the Planning Department to discuss your particular situation.

 

Building Setbacks

What are building setbacks and why are they required?

 

Building setbacks are the minimum distance separation required between property lines and a building. Setbacks are required by the Zoning Ordinance. The purpose of building setbacks is to provide adequate yard areas and separation between buildings for light, air and privacy between properties.

 

What building setbacks apply to my property?

 

Ordinarily, the required minimum setback listed in each residential zoning districts apply to properties within such districts.  Setbacks for office, commercial, and industrial uses are outlined in the Zoning Ordinance through a variety of district and area regulations. Setback requirements for any property may also be modified by a condition of zoning, recorded subdivision plat, or by variances granted by the Board of Adjustment. Please contact the Planning Department to discuss your particular situation.

 

Business Licenses

Do I need a business license?

 

Most businesses in the Town of Jamestown do not currently require business licenses.  However, new businesses must comply with applicable zoning requirements. Please contact the Planning Department for zoning information. If your business will be operated from your home, it will also be subject to zoning requirements for home occupations.

 

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Carports

What are the requirements for building a carport on my property?

 

Generally, a carport will require building permit approval through the Planning Department, prior to construction. If the carport is attached to the main structure on the property (such as a house) it would need to comply with building setback requirements for the main structure. If the carport is detached (stand-alone), it would need to comply with the building setback requirements for accessory structures.

 

Car Repair

I want to open a car repair business. What are the Town’s requirements?

 

The property where you wish to operate the business would need to be properly zoned. Generally, such businesses are not permitted in residential, agricultural, or office zoning districts.  You may also need a business license to operate the business.

 

I want to repair my car at my house. What standards apply?

 

Car repair of your personal vehicles is permitted by zoning at your residence, subject to certain limitations.  The car repair activity cannot be a business (home occupation), and inoperable vehicles must be shielded or screened from view from adjacent properties. Private covenants or homeowners association requirements may also prohibit or further restrict vehicle repair.

 

I have a car that doesn’t run. Are there particular storage requirements for keeping this at my home?

 

Only one inoperable vehicle may be stored outside of a fully enclosed building, provided it is shielded or screened from view.

 

Case (Site Plan, Subdivision, Zoning, etc.)

What does the term “case” mean, as used by the Planning Department?

 

The term case is used to refer to individual applications for zoning or planning approvals.

 

 

CC&Rs (covenants, conditions and restrictions)

What are covenants or CC&Rs?

 

Zoning standards are "minimum" standards that apply to all property. Certain subdivisions also have private covenants, conditions and restrictions (CC&Rs) and/or property owner associations. These additional conditions are not enforced by the Town, since they are private legal arrangements between property owners. These conditions are enforced by property owner associations, or by

private property owners in a subdivision, or both. Often, covenants are more restrictive than Town ordinances. However, in the case where covenants are less restrictive, Town standards still apply as the minimum requirement.  Some associations are mandatory, meaning that all residents must pay a membership fee. Others are voluntary, meaning that membership is optional. Associations are a primary means for enforcing property covenants. Covenants vary by subdivision, and are usually on record in the Guilford County Register of Deeds Office. The Planning Department does not maintain records of private property covenants.

 

Census Data

Where can I find Census data for the Town of Jamestown?

 

The Census Bureau conducts a decennial census (once every ten years) of population and housing, and produces a variety of other demographic reports. More recent, limited census data may be available through the American Communities Survey.

 

Childcare

What are the rules for running a childcare business out of a home?

 

Childcare is a permitted use in some zoning districts through the request for a special use permit.  Contact the Planning Department for more information.

 

Churches / Places of Worship

Where are churches or places of worship allowed?

 

Churches and other places of worship are permitted uses by right in most residential and commercial zoning districts.  Contact the Planning Department to verify the zoning on a specific property, to see if a church or other place of worship would be permitted.

 

Can I have a church meeting in my home?

 

Your home may be used for occasional group meetings (such as a weekly bible study) if your home is primarily used for residential purposes and the church or other place of worship has permanent office and/or meeting facilities in another location. If your home is the primary meeting or office location for the church, the site would need to be improved to meet commercial development standards (parking, landscaping, handicap accessibility, etc.).

 

Citizen Notification

How are citizens notified of upcoming planning or zoning requests?

 

Applications for zoning actions, subdivisions, and site plans are announced in a variety of ways. Mailed notices are typically sent to the property owner of record for properties adjacent and contiguous to the proposed project site, and to persons and organizations that have requested written notice. Projects requiring a public hearing are also noticed through newspaper legal advertisements. The town also posts signs announcing proposed development requests near proposed project sites. These signs include the phone number of the Planning Department for more information.

 

Code Enforcement

How do I file a zoning complaint?

 

You may report zoning violations by calling 454-1138 during normal business hours.  An inspector will visit the site within five business days. When a violation is observed we will work with the property owner to resolve it. Town of Jamestown policy is to not reveal the identity of zoning enforcement complainants. Information you provide is confidential, excluded from the Freedom of Information Act, and will not be revealed to others.

 

Violations in public roads should be referred to the Guilford County Sherriff’s Department.

 

Complaints

How do I file a zoning complaint?

 

You may report zoning violations by calling 454-1138 during normal business hours.  An inspector will visit the site within five business days. When a violation is observed we will work with the property owner to resolve it. Town of Jamestown policy is to not reveal the identity of zoning enforcement complainants. Information you provide is confidential, excluded from the Freedom of Information Act, and will not be revealed to others.

 

Violations in public roads should be referred to the Guilford County Sherriff’s Department.

 

Comprehensive Plan

What is the Comprehensive Plan (Land Development Plan)?

 

The Comprehensive Plan is adopted by the Town Council to guide future growth and development. The Plan serves as the guide for evaluating future rezoning decisions.

 

When will the Comprehensive Plan be updated?

 

Portions of the plan are nearly always under review or in the midst of an update process. Plan updates are scheduled based on a variety of factors, including age of the plan, changing development patterns,  interest of the Planning & Zoning Board and Town Council, and staff resources.

 

Conditional Use Permits

What is a conditional use permit (aka Special Use Permit)?

 

The conditional use permit process allows the Town to consider certain types of land uses (conditional or special uses) that are not normally permitted in a zoning district. This process allows a case-by-case review certain land uses, to examine how the proposed use would affect nearby properties. This review provides the opportunity for the public to express support or concerns about the proposed land use through public hearings. The Town Council makes final determinations on whether to grant a conditional use permit.

 

What steps are necessary for getting a conditional use permit?

 

Conditional use permit applications follow a standard public hearing process. This process typically requires four to six months, and includes the following basic steps:

 

Informal review by planning staff. We will review the proposal in light of the Comprehensive Plan, the Zoning Ordinance, past approvals, and site-specific development and land use considerations. We inform potential applicants whether we will recommend approval, approval with certain conditions, or denial of the request.

Pre-Application meeting with planning staff to review application.

Formal submittal of application and application fee.

Staff analysis and report preparation, for Planning & Zoning Board review.

Planning & Zoning Board hearing. The Planning & Zoning Board forwards a recommendation on the case for final action by the Town Council

Town Council public hearing, where a final determination is made to approve or deny the request.

 

Conditional Use Planned Development

What is a conditional use planned development (PUD)?

 

The conditional use planned development process allows the county to consider exceptions to “bulk” standards (such as required setbacks) and “use” standards (for consideration of land uses not permitted in a zoning district). This process is often used to promote high-quality, mixed- use developments with unique standards that are appropriate to a specific development.  This review provides the opportunity for the public to express support or concerns about the proposed land use through public hearings. The Town Council makes final determinations on whether to grant conditional use planned developments.

 

What steps are necessary for conditional use planned development approval?

 

Conditional use planned development applications follow a standard public hearing process. This process typically requires four to six months, and includes the following basic steps:

Informal review by planning staff. We will review the proposal in light of the Comprehensive Plan, the Zoning Ordinance, past approvals, and site-specific development and land use considerations. We inform potential applicants whether we will recommend approval, approval with certain conditions, or denial of the request.

Pre-Application meeting with planning staff to review application.

Formal submittal of application and application fee.

Staff analysis and report preparation, for Planning & Zoning Board review.

Planning & Zoning Board hearing. The Planning & Zoning Board forwards a recommendation on the case for final action by the Town Council

Town Council public hearing, where a final determination is made to approve or deny the request.

 

Conditions of Zoning

What are conditions of zoning?

 

Through the rezoning process, the Town Council may accept proffered conditions (voluntary offers by the applicant to develop a property subject to certain conditions) or require conditions to be placed on future development. These conditions are binding legal obligations that are often more restrictive than the normal zoning standards.

 

Several zoning cases apply to my property and they have conflicting conditions for development. How can I find out which rules apply?

 

If two or more zoning cases have conflicting conditions, the most recently approved condition would apply.

 

How can I find what conditions of zoning apply to my property?

 

This information is not yet available on our Web site. Please contact the Planning Department.

 

Construction Debris

It is the responsibility of a contractor to remove all construction debris from the property, Right-of-Way, or public easement. The town can not collect construction material. Be sure to have this debris removal included in the price quote for the job. WCA accepts construction material for a fee and is located at 5830 Riverdale Dr, Jamestown, NC 27282.

Contact Information

How do I contact the Planning Department?

 

Call 454-1138 during normal business hours (8:30 AM – 5:00 PM, Mon.-Fri.).

 

Covenants

What are covenants or CC&Rs?

 

See CC&R definition.

 

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Daycare

What are the rules for running a day care business out of a home?

 

Daycare is a permitted use in some zoning districts by special use permit.  Contact the Planning Department for more information.

 

Decks

I want to build a deck at my house. What standards do I need to follow?

 

Decks that are attached to principal structure and which are open (no walls) on three sides must meet zoning district setbacks. Decks that are not attached to the principal structure are considered to be accessory structures and are subject to normal setback requirements for accessory structures.  Contact the Planning Department for more information prior to construction, as building permits may apply.

 

Demographics

What is the population of the Town of Jamestown?

 

As of 2007, the population is estimated by the State Demographer to be 3,317.

 

How fast is the population of Jamestown increasing?

 

According to the last Census, approximately 6.4% per year.

 

Where can I find Census data for Jamestown?

 

Census data for the Town of Jamestown is available at www.census.gov.

 

Development (Pending)

Is there somewhere on this website that I can gather information about pending development projects or do I need to speak with someone in the Planning Department?

 

The development process is complex and requires multiple steps over long periods of time (such as rezoning, site plan, and/or subdivision) before construction begins.  Developers often secure initial development approvals (such as rezoning) years before pursuing final development plans. The Town usually does not know the specific timeframe of actual development, since this is a function of private property decisions. The Planning Department can tell you the where a project is in the development process.  Please call the Planning Department at 454-1138 for more information.

 

Development Standards

What development standards apply to my property?

 

Development standards include requirements for building setbacks, offstreet parking, signs, and other development related topics. There may be a variety of development standards that are unique to a specific property. These may include:

 

Zoning Ordinance requirements for the zoning district

• Requirements contained in the Development Standards Manual

Conditions of zoning (from rezoning, conditional use permits, conditional use planned developments, variances, special exceptions, etc.)

Subdivision Ordinance requirements

Conditions from recorded subdivision plats

 

Please contact the Planning Department for information about specific development standards that apply to your property.

 

Directions to the Planning Department

How do I get to the Planning Department?

 

Planning Department is located at 301 E. Main St. (Town Hall).  For specific directions from your location, please use www.mapquest.com.

 

Dogs (Pets)

How many dogs/pets may I have?

 

The number of pets you may have is not currently defined by the Ordinance.  However, there are zoning restrictions on kennels.  The definition of a kennel is at the discretion of the Enforcement Officer.  For pets running “at-large”, (off of a leash) or nuisance pets, please call the Guilford County Animal Control office at 333-5531.

 

Driveways

Can I put my residential driveway right up against my neighbor’s property line?

 

Provided that the driveway is flush with the ground, a driveway may come up to the property line.  No setbacks are required. You may consider providing separation between your driveway and an adjacent property line for proper drainage and so that you may be able to maintain your driveway without encroaching onto neighboring property.

 

How big does my driveway need to be?

 

The Planning Department does not regulate the size of a driveway. Please contact the Transportation Department or your local NCDOT office for additional regulations.

 

Can I park my RV, boat, or trailer in my driveway?

 

A recreational vehicle may only be parked in the rear year of the property, meeting zoning district setbacks. Recreational vehicle parking in front or side yard driveways is not allowed, except for loading and unloading purposes.

 

Dwelling Units Allowed

How many houses can I have on my property?

 

In most residential and agricultural zoning districts, the Zoning Ordinance permits only one dwelling unit per lot or parcel. The Zoning Ordinance defines a dwelling unit as “One or more rooms, designed, occupied or intended for occupancy as separate living quarters, with cooking, sleeping and sanitary facilities provided therein.  Units in dormitories, hotels, motels, shelters for the homeless or other structures designed for transient residents are not dwelling units.”

 

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Easements

What is an easement?

 

An easement is the legal right of someone else to use all or part of your property. Easements are typically granted for ingress and egress (traveling into and out of your property), utilities (water, sewer, electricity, etc.), and drainage.

 

How can I find out what easements are on my property?

 

Easements are usually on record with the Guilford County Register of Deeds. Many easements are shown on recorded subdivision plats. The Planning Department has plat information for most properties that located in recorded subdivisions. Properties located outside of recorded subdivisions typically do not have plats available in electronic format.

 

What can I do or build in an easement?

 

Typically, you cannot interfere with or obstruct easement areas without the written permission of the easement owner.

 

Who enforces easement rights?

 

Easements are a private civil matter between the property owner and the person/party who has the right of easement. The Town is only involved in easements that are on Town property or which give the Town an

easement right (water, sewer, storm water drainage, etc.).

 

Enforcement

You may report zoning violations by calling 454-1138 during normal business hours.  An inspector will visit the site within five business days. When a violation is observed we will work with the property owner to resolve it. Town of Jamestown policy is to not reveal the identity of zoning enforcement complainants. Information you provide is confidential, excluded from the Freedom of Information Act, and will not be revealed to others.

 

Violations in public roads should be referred to the Guilford County Sherriff’s Department.

 

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Farms / Farming

I want to farm on my property. What standards apply?

 

Farming is a permitted use by right in an agricultural district.

 

Can I keep farm animals on my property?

 

The Zoning Ordinance regulates the types of permitted land uses in various zoning districts. In residential districts, household pets such as dogs, cats, parakeets, tropical fish, etc. are permitted.  In general, farm animals are not allowed on properties other than those zone for agricultural uses.

 

Fees

How can I find out about application fees and/or fees for Planning Department services?

 

Contact the Planning Department at 454-1138.  A new fee schedule was approved on Oct. 27, 2008.

 

Fences

What are the requirements for fences?

 

All requirements for fences should be verified using the Zoning Ordinance. You may need to check zoning conditions that may apply to your property. Contact the Planning Department for assistance.

 

You may need to check restrictive covenants of your neighborhood, which are not enforced by the Town of Jamestown, for standards such as the style and design of fences. There are no other architectural standards for fences in the Zoning Ordinance. Fences that are placed on your property without your permission are a civil matter not enforced by the Town.

 

Security fences around swimming pools may be required by State Building Code.  Please contact Guilford County Building Inspections for more details. Prior to digging fence post holes or installing an “invisible fence,” please call "NC ONE CALL" at 1-800-632-4949, so they can mark the location of underground utility lines. Finally be sure to check for easement and property line locations on your survey prior to contacting the Planning Department for assistance. Please note that if an easement runs along your property line, you would need to check with the easement owner to see if they will allow you to build within the easement.  Most properties have a utility easement running along their rear property lines. Contact the Public Services Department to discuss encroachment into utility easements.

 

 

Floodplains / Flood Zones

How can I find out if my property is located in a floodplain or a flood zone?

 

Floodplain and flood zone information is available through the Planning Department.

 

Can I build a structure such as a shed or fence in a flood zone?

 

Typically no structure or fence is permitted to encroach into a designated flood zone. Confirm your particular situation with the Planning Department.

 

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Garages

Does the Town require a garage for a house, or can I just park my vehicles in the driveway?

 

Garages are generally not required in residential districts, unless specified by a condition of zoning approval.  A recreational vehicle may be parked in a driveway provided that it is parked in the rear year of the property and meets setbacks.

 

CONTINUAL USE OF THE STREET AS PARKING IS PROHIBITED.

 

I want to build a garage that is detached from my house. What rules apply?

 

Setbacks for an accessory structure apply to detached garages. Based on zoning district, certain setbacks are required from the front, side and rear property lines.

 

Group Homes

What are the rules for group homes in residential neighborhoods?

 

Group homes are in certain districts if they can meet the Zoning Ordinance definition of a group home.  Approval of a conditional use permit is generally required for proposed group homes.  Contact the Planning Department for details.

 

Growth

How does the Town plan for growth?

 

The Town has a Comprehensive Plan for long term growth and development. This plan includes plans for different topics such as public facilities and roads.

 

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Height Limits

What are the building height limits for my property?

 

Specific standards are listed in the Zoning Ordinance for each zoning district.

 

Historical Preservation

Is my property historical?

 

The decision to designate a property as historical is based upon many different factors.  Contact Guilford County Planning for additional information.

 

My property is a registered historical landmark. What rules apply to renovating or expanding the building?

 

The property owner must submit an application through Guilford County Planning.  Contact them for more information at 641-3334.

 

Home-Based Businesses (Home Occupations)

Can I run a business out of my home?

 

Home-based businesses are permitted subject to certain restrictions in agricultural and residential zoning districts. Restrictions apply to who can work on the premises, parking, signage, type of business, and onsite clients.

 

What rules apply to home-based businesses? For specific restrictions, contact the Planning Department at 454-1138.

 

Horses

Can I have horses on my property?

 

Horses are permitted in the agricultural zoning district.

 

Household Pets

What types of animals are allowed at my house?

 

 

The number of pets you may have is not currently defined by the Ordinance.  However, there are zoning restrictions on kennels.  The definition of a kennel is at the discretion of the Enforcement Officer.  For pets running “at-large”, (off of a leash) or nuisance pets, please call the Guilford County Animal Control office at 641-5990.

Owners are responsible for disposal of pets after the pet has died either through the veterinarian, pet cemetary or burial in the owner's yard. Neither the Town nor Guilford Animal Control will dispose of pet remains.

 

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In-Law Units

Can I have an “in-law” unit in my house so a relative can live with me?

 

The Zoning Ordinance permits one single-family dwelling unit per residential property. However, accessory structures may be allowed on properties if they meet setbacks.  Contact the Planning Department for further information at 454-1138 to discuss your situation.

 

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Junk

My neighbor has a bunch of junk in his front yard. How do I file a complaint?

 

You may report zoning violations by calling 454-1138 during normal business hours.  An inspector will visit the site within five business days. When a violation is observed we will work with the property owner to resolve it. Town of Jamestown policy is to not reveal the identity of zoning enforcement complainants. Information you provide is confidential, excluded from the Freedom of Information Act, and will not be revealed to others.

 

Violations in public roads should be referred to the Guilford County Sherriff’s Department.

 

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Kennels

Do I need a kennel license?

 

The number of pets you may have is not currently defined by the Ordinance.  However, there are zoning restrictions on kennels.  The definition of a kennel is at the discretion of the Enforcement Officer.  For pets running “at-large”, (off of a leash) or nuisance pets, please call the Guilford County Animal Control office at 333-5531.

 

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Landscaping Requirements

Does the Town require any specific type of landscaping?

 

Not for single-family residential projects, unless specific landscaping requirements are included as a condition of zoning or as part of a buffer area. Landscaping standards for office, multifamily, commercial, and industrial land uses are contained in the Zoning Ordinance, and vary by district and type of development. Contact the Planning Department for standards that apply to a specific property.

 

Land Use Plan

What is a land use plan?

 

See Comprehensive Plan definition.

 

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Manufactured Homes

What is a manufactured home?

 

A manufactured home is a structure designed to be moved to a site for single-family use. Manufactured homes are designed for use with or without permanent foundations. The Zoning Ordinance defines manufactured dwellings.

 

Where are manufactured homes permitted in the Town?

 

Permanent manufactured homes are permitted certain zoning districts.  Contact the Planning Department for further information at 454-1138.

 

Maps

Where can I get a zoning map?

 

You may  download the current UNOFFICIAL zoning map. This map should only  be used as a guide and may not be the most recent zoning map. You may view paper or GIS zoning maps at our offices during normal business hours, or you may purchase paper copies of the zoning map at the Planning Department.

 

Where can I get Comprehensive Plan maps?

 

Small (8.5” x 11”) paper copies are available at the Planning Department front counter.  Large format paper map may be special ordered through the Planning Department.  Such orders require advance notice and duplication fees based on the project requirements.

 

Mobile Homes

What is a mobile home?

 

See Manufactured Home.

 

Modular Homes

What is a modular home?

A modular home is different than a mobile home or a manufactured home. It is a structure that is built off-site, transported to a building site, and permanently installed (that is, not intended for removal and relocation at a later time).

 

Where are modular homes permitted in the county?

 

Modular homes may be permitted by ordinance at any location where a single-family dwelling may be constructed.  However, conditions of zoning, private covenants, and/or homeowner’s association restrictions may govern the installation of modular homes in certain areas.

 

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Nonconforming Uses

What is a nonconforming use?

 

A nonconforming use is a land use which was legally established in the past, but is no longer allowed under current zoning standards.

 

What rules apply to nonconforming uses?

 

Rules governing nonconforming uses are listed in the Zoning Ordinance If you have a specific nonconforming use question, please contact the Planning Department.

 

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Outside Storage

What restrictions apply to outside storage?

 

Restrictions for outside storage depend on the zoning district and the type of storage in question. Outside storage cannot be located in required buffer areas.

 

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Parcel Number

What is the parcel number for my property?

 

This information is available through the Guilford County Tax Department.

 

Parcel Plat Subdivisions

What are the requirements for a parcel plat subdivision?

 

A completed application and application fee are required.

Parking Restrictions

What restrictions apply to parking in residential areas?

 

There is no parking restriction for parking on residential property. If the vehicle is parked on a street, this may result in a traffic safety issue and may be reported to the Planning Department.

 

What restrictions apply to truck (or other large vehicle) parking in residential areas?

 

Large trucks or recreational vehicles parked on residential property (not in the public right-of-way) are subject to zoning district setbacks. If on-street vehicle parking creates a traffic safety hazard, this should be reported to the Guilford County Sherriff’s Department.

 

Permitted Land Uses

What types of land uses are permitted on my property?

 

Permitted land uses vary by the zoning district. Conditions of zoning (conditional uses, special exceptions) may also allow or restrict certain permitted uses in the county. Contact the Planning Department to verify permitted uses for a specific property.

 

Planning

How does the county plan for the future?

 

The Comprehensive Plan is adopted by the Town Council to guide future growth and development. The Plan serves as the guide for evaluating future rezoning decisions. Portions of the plan are nearly always under review or in the midst of an update process. Plan updates are scheduled based on a variety of factors, including age of the plan, changing development patterns, interest of the Planning & Zoning Board and Town Council, and staff resources.

 

Planning & Zoning Board

What is the Planning & Zoning Board and what do they do?

 

The Planning & Zoning Board meet on the 2nd Monday of each month at 6:30pm at Town Hall.  Their function is to make recommendations on planning and zoning related topics to the Town Council.

 

Who is my Planning & Zoning Board representative and how can I contact them?

 

Contact and membership information is available on the Town’s website.

 

Plats

How do I get a plat of my property?

 

Typically, this information is best found at the Guilford County Register of Deeds.  Much of this information is now available online.

 

Population

What is the population of the Town of Jamestown?

 

As of 2007, the State Demographer estimated that Jamestown’s population is 3,317.

 

Property Lines

Where are my property lines located?

 

Property lines are the recorded boundaries of your property. These lines may be recorded in official county records in the form of a recorded subdivision plat or (in the case of older properties or properties not located in subdivisions) by written deed description. The Town of Jamestown does not locate or mark private property lines. However, many properties have iron rods set at property corners, several inches below the surface of the soil. Often, the property owner may locate these rods by using a metal detector. If this is not possible, you may need the services of a professional land surveyor.

 

Property Values

How much is my property assessment?

 

Generally, this information is best obtained through the Guilford County Tax Department.

 

How will a proposed development affect my property values?

 

The Town of Jamestown does not provide real estate advice and cannot predict the potential impacts of any development proposal on nearby property values. You may wish to discuss this question with a real estate professional.

Publications

 

The Planning Department creates and distributes a variety of reports and publications.  Many of these reports are available without charge in electronic format on our Web site.  Paper copies of most reports and publications are available by special order, for the cost of reproduction. Please contact the Planning Department for product availability.

 

Public Facilities Plan

What is the Public Facilities Plan?

 

The Public Facilities Plan is the part of the town’s Comprehensive Plan that plans for future county public facilities to serve existing and future development. Public facilities covered by this plan include town facilities such as fire stations, libraries, parks, utilities, etc.

 

Public Hearings

What is the public hearing process?

 

Public hearings are required for zoning actions, Comprehensive Plan amendments, ordinance amendments, appeals, and certain other development proposals. Pending development cases under active review have public notification signs posted near the proposed development.  The Planning Department mails public hearing notices in advance of public hearings to all owners of property located adjacent to the proposed project site, and to other persons and organizations that have requested written notice.

 

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Real Estate Signs

What are the rules for posting signs for houses or property for sale?

 

Zoning Ordinance standards for real estate signs can be found in Zoning Ordinance.  In part, these standards include:

No permit is required for most real estate signs.

Real estate signs must be removed after the sale or rental of the property.

Offsite real estate signs are prohibited.

Signs must not be located in the right-of-way.

Signs are limited to one sign per street frontage.
For specific information regarding signage, contact the Planning Department.

 

Record Plats

What are record plats?

 

A record plat is the final document for review in the Planning Department’s residential subdivision review process. The record plat and accompanying application document the final dimensions and boundaries of lots within a subdivision.

 

Where can I get an application for a record plat?
Contact the Planning Department for information. A review fee and a recording fee will be required.

 

Who does the recording of record plats?

 

Town staff generally completes the recording of record plats at the Register of Deeds once they are approved by the Planning Department.

 

Recreational Vehicles

Where can I store recreational vehicles?

 

A recreational vehicle may only be parked in the rear year of the property, meeting zoning district setbacks. Recreational vehicle parking in front or side yard driveways is not allowed, except for loading and unloading purposes.

 

Restricted Uses

What are restricted uses?

 

Restricted land uses vary by the type of zoning classification

a property is zoned. A restricted land use is permitted on a property provided that each restriction can be meet per the Zoning Ordinance.

 

What happens if I want to do a certain restricted use and cannot meet the conditions that are listed by the Zoning Ordinance?

 

If the restrictions cannot be meet, a conditional use permit would be required.

 

Rezoning

How do I get my property rezoned?

 

Several steps are involved in the rezoning process.  For more information regarding the rezoning process, contact the Planning Department.

 

Will my request get approved?

 

Each rezoning case is looked at independently and is considered on a case-by-case basis. There are no guaranteed approvals for any rezoning case. Prior to making application for rezoning, Planning Department staff will meet with you to review your request and discuss the rezoning process.

 

How long does this process take?

 

While each rezoning case is different, the average time needed to process rezoning cases is approximately six to eight months. Every case is unique so the time frame will vary accordingly. Some applications are delayed at the request of the applicant when additional time is necessary to address neighborhood concerns about the proposal.

 

How much does this process cost?

 

The cost for rezoning property in the Town depends on the rezoning desired for the property as well as the acreage of the property.

 

Does the Town of Jamestown rezone property?

 

The Town has a formal process for rezoning property that includes public hearings at the Planning & Zoning Board and the Town Council. Nearly always, property is considered for rezoning only after private property owners initiate this process. In rare and infrequent situations, the Town may initiate the rezoning process.

 

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Satellite Dishes

What rules apply to installing satellite dishes?

 

Federal law allows installation of small satellite dishes (one meter – 39.37 inches – or smaller) in residential districts and dishes two meters (78.74 inches) or smaller in commercial districts. Dishes larger than one meter are not permitted in residential zoning districts. Satellite dishes between two meters and 12 feet in diameter are permitted subject to restrictions in office and commercialzoning districts.

 

Setbacks

What is a setback?

 

A setback is the legally required distance separation between structures and adjacent property lines, buffers and/or floodplain boundaries.

 

Why are setbacks required?

 

Setbacks are a requirement of the Zoning Ordinance. The purpose of setbacks is to provide adequate yard areas and separation between buildings for light, air and privacy between properties.

 

What setbacks apply to my property?

 

Setbacks depend on the zoning district, conditions of zoning, and subdivision restrictions that apply to the property. Please check with the Planning Department to confirm zoning as well as the setbacks for a particular property.

 

How are setbacks measured?

 

Most setbacks are measured from property lines. Other forms of setbacks are taken from the actual boundary line (for example a 25’ setback from a floodplain boundary is taken from the actual floodplain boundary).

 

Sketch Plan

What is a sketch plan?

 

A schematic plan depicts land uses and general road access for mixed use development projects.

 

When is a sketch plan required? A sketch plan may be a requirement of zoning conditions or for any project containing residential and nonresidential uses together.

 

Prior to tentative or site plan approval, a sketch plan must be approved by the Planning & Zoning Board.

 

What are the steps for getting a sketch plan approved?

 

An application form (pleasecontact the Planning Department) and an application fee are required. Public notice is sent to all adjacent landowners of the property under schematic plan review.

 

Signs

Where do I get a sign permit?

 

Sign permit applications are available at  Planning Department and must be approved by the Planning Department.

  

What sign restrictions apply to my property?

 

The Zoning Ordinance governs various sign restrictions, based on the type of sign (such as freestanding, building mounted, banners, directional signs, etc.), where the sign is located, and what the type of use the sign is advertising. There may also be conditions of zoning that apply to the property in question. Finally, property owner associations and commercial center management may have additional sign restrictions. Please contact the Planning Department to discuss your particular situation.

 

Site Plans

Please explain the site plan review process and various requirements.

 

If you have questions about site plan review, please contact the Planning Department.

 

Staff Reports

How can I get a copy of a staff report for a planning or zoning case?

 

Staff reports are typically available one week prior to the scheduled public hearing date. Staff reports for previously approved actions are available upon request from the Planning Department.

 

Storage Buildings

Do I need a building permit to build or install a storage building?

 

A building permit is required for most new construction. Information about building permits is available from the Planning Department.

 

Subdivision Ordinance

How can I get a copy of the subdivision ordinance?

 

Electronic copies are available on the Town’s website.  Paper copies are available through the Planning Department for a fee.

 

Subdivisions

My subdivision is incomplete and many improvements such as paving and landscaping are not finished. When will these be addressed?

 

During the construction phase of any new subdivision, it is typical for some improvements to be partially installed during initial construction and finished during later construction phases. When a subdivision is under construction, there is an interim period when some improvements are completed, and others are "bonded" and will be installed later. This process allows development to proceed and provides a financial and legal guarantee that subdivision improvements will be completed per plan. This may include improvements such as landscaping, street pavement, utility pole relocation, streetlight installation, etc.

 

Survey Plat

Where can I get a copy of my property’s survey plat?

 

A copy of your survey plat may be obtained through the Records Room at the Guilford County Register of Deeds.

 

Will the Town survey my property?

 

The Town of Jamestown does not survey private property. You would need to consult a private surveyor/engineer to perform this service.

 

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Tax Map Number

What is my tax map number?

 

 The term “tax map number” refers to the system of property identification which has been replaced by “tax ID numbers” (also called “parcel ID numbers”). The tax ID number refers to a geographic reference system that enables computerized mapping of county properties. You can look up your property’s tax ID number through the Guilford County website.

 

Trailers

Where can I park my trailer(s)?

 

Trailers cannot be parked or stored in front of houses(except for loading and unloading). They may be parked in the rear year of the property,so long as they meet zoning setbacks.

 

Transportation

What is the Town’s plan for transportation?

 

The Thoroughfare Plan is part of the Comprehensive Plan. This plan identifies road network needs to serve future development.

 

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Uses Permitted

What types of land uses are permitted on my property?

 

Permitted land uses vary by zoning district and sometimes by conditions of zoning (such as conditional uses, special exceptions, etc.). The Planning Department can help you verify specifically what land uses are permitted on a property.

 

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Variances

What is a variance?

 

The Town of Jamestown does not grant variances administratively.  Variances to building setbacks must be processed through the public hearing process at the Board of Zoning Appeals.  Variances require an application form (contact the Planning Department) and an application fee. Variances require strict legal findings, based on proof supplied by the applicant. These findings include:

 

(1) If the applicant complies with the provisions of this Ordinance, he can make no reasonable use of his property;

(2) The hardship of which the applicant complains results from unique circumstances related to the applicant’s property.

(3) The hardship relates to the applicant’s property, rather than personal circumstances.

(4) The hardship is not the result of the applicant’s own actions.

 

In most situations, new construction cannot meet these criteria. Typically, hardship findings cannot be made if there is a design solution available that meets code requirements. We encourage you to review all possible design solutions that would not require a variance process.

 

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Walls

 

All requirements for walls should be verified using the Zoning Ordinance. You may need to check for zoning conditions that may apply to your proposed project. The files can be viewed in the Planning Department or you may contact our office for assistance.

 

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Yard Sales

What are the Town’s rules for yard sales?

 

Yard sales are permitted by right in all zoning districts for a maximum of 3 times per calendar year.  No permit is required from the Planning Department. Signs for yard sales are limited to four square feet in size.  Signs may NOT be posted offsite (posted on traffic control signs, utility poles, etc.) or in such a way that it obstructs the visibility of vehicles on the road.  One sign may be posted on the property. Yard sale signs may not be posted earlier than 48 hours prior to the sale. All yard sale signs must be removed immediately after the sale.

 

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Zoning Amendments

 

See “Rezoning”.

 

Zoning Certificates

What are zoning certificates?

A zoning certificate is an official letter issued by the Planning Department that discusses zoning issues that apply to a property.

 

How can I get a zoning certificate?

A letter of request and an application fee will be required.

 

Zoning Districts

What are zoning districts? The Town is divided into a variety of zoning districts, to encourage balanced development and compatible land uses. There are a variety of districts, including agricultural, residential, office, commercial, and industrial.

 

What is my zoning district?

 

At this time, zoning maps are not available on our Web site.  Please contact the Planning Department for this information.

 

Zoning Ordinance

What is the Zoning Ordinance?

The Zoning Ordinance is Article V of the Jamestown Development Ordinance, and provides standards for the use and development of land in the town.

What happens if someone violates the Zoning Ordinance?

 

The Zoning Ordinance is an adopted law that can be enforced through monetary fines and citations requiring court appearance.

 

Zoning: Permitted Uses

What types of land uses are permitted on my property?

 

Permitted land uses vary by zoning district. Other conditions of zoning (conditional uses, special exceptions) may also allow or restrict certain permitted uses. The Planning Department can verify specifically permitted uses for a property.

 

Zoning Violations

How do I file a complaint about a zoning violation?

 

You may report zoning violations by calling 454-1138 during normal business hours.  An inspector will visit the site within five business days. When a violation is observed we will work with the property owner to resolve it. Town of Jamestown policy is to not reveal the identity of zoning enforcement complainants. Information you provide is confidential, excluded from the Freedom of Information Act, and will not be revealed to others.

 

Violations in public roads should be referred to the Guilford County Sherriff’s Department.

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