Posted by: Patricia Salkin | February 5, 2020

UNC School of Law Center for Civil Rights Releases Report on County Planning Boards and Diversity

The UNC School of Law’s Center for Civil Rights released a county planning boards study that found that board member selection processes and powers and duties vary, and the gender, ethnic and racial representation of the boards often don’t reflect the demographics of the county.
There are 100 counties in North Carolina, and 92 of those counties have planning boards staff from 85 of the 92 counties were interviewed for the study. The report focuses on the powers and duties, member selection procedures, and racial ethnic and gender representations among these planning boards.

The report also contains recommendations for how elected governing bodies can improve their procedures for selecting planning board members and produce more demographically balanced, representative planning boards, including the amendment of enabling ordinances to make race, ethnicity and gender a formal consideration. The report was limited to county planning boards and planning boards merged between the county and the largest municipality.

 

The report can be accessed here: https://law.unc.edu/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/Planning-Boards-Inclusion-Report-2020-final.pdf


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