§42-370.
Legislative Process Standards
A.
Text Amendments
(1)
Public Hearing. Before adopting or amending any ordinance the Board of Commissioners shall
hold a public hearing on the ordinance or amendment. 
(2)
Newspaper Notice. In accordance with NCGS 153A-323, the Commissioners shall cause notice of
such hearing to be published in a newspaper of general circulation in the County once a week for
two (2) successive calendar weeks. The notice shall be published the first time not less than ten
(10) days nor more than 25 days prior to the date fixed for the hearing. The notice shall include the
time, place and date of the hearing and include a description of the property or the nature of the
change or amendment to map. In computing such period, the day of publication is not to be
included but the day of the hearing shall be included.
B.
Map Amendments.
(1)
Public Hearing. Before adopting or amending any ordinance the Board of Commissioners shall
hold a public hearing on the ordinance or amendment.
(2)
Newspaper Notice. In accordance with NCGS 153A-323, the Commissioners shall cause notice of
such hearing to be published in a newspaper of general circulation in the County once a week for
two (2) successive calendar weeks. The notice shall be published the first time not less than ten
(10) days nor more than 25 days prior to the date fixed for the hearing. The notice shall include the
time, place and date of the hearing and include a description of the property or the nature of the
change or amendment to map. In computing such period, the day of publication is not to be
included but the day of the hearing shall be included.
(3)
Mailed Notice. In accordance with NCGS 153A-343, whenever there is a zoning map amendment,
the owner of that parcel of land as shown on the County tax listing, and the owners of all parcels
of land abutting that parcel of land as shown on the County tax listing, shall be mailed a notice of
a public hearing on the proposed amendment by first class mail at the last addresses listed for such
owners on the County tax abstracts. This notice must be deposited in the mail at least ten (10) but
not more than 25 days prior to the date of the public hearing. The person or persons mailing such
notices shall certify to the Commissioners that fact, and such certificate shall be deemed
conclusive in the absence of fraud. The first class mail notice requirement shall not be required if
the zoning map amendment directly affects more than 50 properties, owned by a total of at least 50
different property owners, and the County elects to use the Expanded Published Notice (see
subsection (4)).
(4)
Expanded Published Notice. In accordance with NCGS 153A-343, and in that situation described
above (see subsection (3)), the County may elect to publish once a week for two (2) successive
calendar weeks in a newspaper having general circulation in the area an advertisement of the
public hearing that shows the boundaries of the area affected by the proposed zoning map
amendment and explains the nature of the proposed change. These advertisements shall comply
with and be deemed to satisfy the provisions of NCGS 153A-323 (subsection (1)). The
advertisement shall not be less than one-half (½) of a newspaper page in size. The advertisement
shall only be effective for property owners who reside in the area of general circulation of the
newspaper which publishes the notice. Property owners who reside outside of the newspaper
circulation area, according to the address listed on the most recent property tax listing for the
affected property, shall be notified by first class mail pursuant to this section. The person or
persons mailing the notices shall certify to the Commissioners that fact, and the certificates shall
be deemed conclusive in the absence of fraud.
(5)
Posted Notice. In accordance with NCGS 153A-343, whenever there is a zoning map amendment,
the County shall post one or more prominent signs on or immediately adjacent to the subject area
reasonably calculated to give public notice of the proposed rezoning. In the event that more than
one (1) parcel is involved in a particular map amendment, at least one (1) sign shall be posted in a
central location; however, the Planning Staff may post multiple signs. Said sign(s) shall be posted
at least ten (10) days prior to the public hearing date.
C.
Comprehensive Plan Amendments
(1)
Public Hearing. A public hearing is not required. The Board of Commissioners may hold a public
hearing or public input session on the amendment(s). 
(2)
Newspaper Notice. None required. 
(3)
Mailed Notice. None required.
  
(4)
Public Notification. Notice of proposed change must be filed with the clerk to the Board of
Commissioners and posted on the County website at least ten (10) but not more than twenty-five
(25) days prior to the Commissioners approving proposed amendments. Where deemed
appropriate notices may be mailed to affected property owners.