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James Rhodes, AICP, Director
Development Services Building
1717 W. 5th Street
Greenville, NC 27834-1696
The Planning Department develops and implements plans and policies related to land development to strengthen the long-term sustainability of Pitt County. Major responsibilities include zoning administration, floodplain management, permitting, land subdivision and manufactured home park regulation enforcement, and soil erosion and sedimentation control administration. Other projects administered by the department include E-911 address assignment, community development activities, transportation and recreation planning, population studies and computerized mapping using Geographic Information Systems (GIS).
Pitt County is better prepared for disasters with the recent approval of its local hazard mitigation plan, which is a long-term strategy to reduce the community’s vulnerability to natural disasters. In addition to Pitt County, the City of Greenville, Towns of Ayden, Bethel, Falkland, Farmville, Fountain, Grifton, Grimesland and Winterville, and the Village of Simpson have adopted the plan.
The regional plan identifies hazards and potential hazards in Pitt County, as well as Greene, Jones, Lenoir and Wayne counties, and it creates a framework to help community officials make decisions that may ultimately protect lives and property.
The plan also outlines a strategy for implementing mitigation projects throughout the region. Through activities such as integrating response capabilities and providing for sheltering needs, the region is taking proactive steps to lessen the impact of future disasters and the costly expenses associated with them. Local mitigation strategies for Pitt County include maintaining an up-to-date Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance and Emergency Operations Plan.
As the lead planning agency, Pitt County was awarded State and Federal grant funds, and worked with Holland Consulting Planners to develop the plan. “We are extremely pleased with the collaboration among the five counties and 26 municipalities involved in this planning process,” said James Rhodes, Pitt County Planning and Development Director. “The individual jurisdictions and the region as a whole can better prepare for, respond to, and recover from natural and man-made disasters through the implementation of this plan,” Rhodes added.
History shows that the physical, financial and emotional losses caused by disasters can be reduced significantly through hazard mitigation planning. The planning process encourages communities to integrate mitigation with day-to-day decision making regarding land-use planning, floodplain management, site design and other activities.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) reviews and approves state, tribal and local hazard mitigation plans, which are required as a condition for states and communities to receive certain types of disaster assistance, including funding for mitigation projects. State mitigation plans must be approved every three years, and local and tribal mitigation plans must be approved at least once every five years. The Neuse River Basin Hazard Mitigation Plan is effective as of June 22nd.
On May 4, 2015, the Pitt County Board of County Commissioners adopted the Alice F. Keene District Park Master Plan. This Plan was established by engaging citizens to determine county-wide needs that could be met by expanding facilities at the Park. The new Park Master Plan reflects the facilities county residents identified as top priorities for the Park. In order to accommodate some of the highest priority items, Commissioners also incorporated approximately 20.05 additional acres into the Park. This includes the former Pitt Community Greenhouse area, along with property to expand the community garden and acreage in the wooded area at the back of the property to develop a natural walking trail with minimal improvements.
The Pitt County Point in Time (PIT) survey, which is an annual updated count of homeless people in Pitt County, was conducted in January. The count began at the Greenville Community Shelter where breakfast was served for the homeless. Afterwards, with the assistance of the Greenville Police Department, teams were sent out to areas (homeless camps) frequented by homeless to conduct the count. The process wrapped up at the Joy Soup Kitchen, where lunch was served for the homeless and interviews were conducted. Statistics were calculated and submitted to HUD.
Planning Department Publications
- 2010 Pitt County Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan
- 10-Year Plan To End Chronic Homelessness
- Planning Department Monthly Report
- 2015 Work Program
- 2014 Annual Report
- Hurricane Floyd Flood Recovery Report
If you have further questions regrding information contained within this website or need additional information, please contact our office at (252) 902-3250, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m until 5:00 p.m. Thank you.