The Town of Weaverville’s Planning Director James Eller oversees the administration and management of Weaverville’s zoning and subdivision ordinances, along with the town’s Land Use Plan (see below). This department works closely with the Town of Weaverville Planning and Zoning Board and the Weaverville Board of Adjustment.
Meet our Planning Director
James Eller, Planning Director
Planning Director James W. Eller began with the Town of Weaverville in January, 2016 following working as the Code Enforcement Officer & Zoning Administrator for the Town of Woodfin for eight years. James holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science with a Minor in Community & Regional Planning from Appalachian State University and is a certified member of the North Carolina Association of Zoning Officials. James, a native of Buncombe County, currently lives in Weaverville with his wife and son.
Resources and Services
Code of Ordinances:
The Code of Ordinances is a compilation of local rules adopted by the Town Council for the Town of Weaverville. They cover a range of issues, including land use and zoning, permitting, water resources, streets, etc. The Code of Ordinances can be accessed at Town of Weaverville Online Ordinances and individual ordinances regarding specific topics can be found throughout this site where applicable.
Weaverville Town Council annually adopts a schedule of fees for services within the Town. You will find fees for certain planning and zoning related permits and applications within the schedule. Please click here to review the department’s fee schedule: FY 2019-2020 Schedule of Fees (2 downloads)
Weaverville Land Use Plan:
The Town of Weaverville adopted an updated Comprehensive Land Use Plan on July 15, 2019. This plan is used to guide all future development decisions made by the Town Council, Planning & Zoning Board, and Town staff. You can find the plan here: Comprehensive Land Use Plan 2019 (2 downloads) .
Zoning and Subdivision Ordinances:
Zoning and subdivision ordinances are meant to guide the growth and development of property in the Town of Weaverville. To view specific zoning and subdivision ordinances, click the appropriate link within the Code of Ordinances. Please note that this link takes you to an external page, Municode.
Planning and Zoning Board:
The Weaverville Planning and Zoning Board is responsible for advising the Weaverville Town Council on matters pertaining to land use and planning issues. The planning and zoning board consists of seven members. Two of the seven members serve as alternates. This board reviews subdivision proposals and improves land use related to the town ordinances. In addition, the board makes recommendations to the Weaverville Town Council, when appropriate, and pursues other studies or planning initiatives as directed by town council. The members of the planning and zoning board receive no compensation for their services.
The Town of Weaverville Planning and Zoning Board meets the first Tuesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. in the Weaverville Town Hall at 30 South Main Street. Agendas and minutes of the meetings are available on the Town’s website.
Zoning Board of Adjustment:
Each municipality within the State of North Carolina enforcing zoning regulations is required to have a local zoning board of adjustment. The Weaverville Zoning Board of Adjustment consists of seven members, with two serving as alternates. Each member’s term of office is three years.
The powers and duties of the zoning board of adjustment are outlined in state’s statutes. The primary responsibilities of the Weaverville Zoning Board of Adjustment include: hearing and deciding appeals, where an order, requirement, or decision of the zoning administrator is alleged to be in error; hearing and deciding upon requests for variances from the provisions of the zoning ordinance; and hearing and deciding upon requests for special exceptions.
Membership on the board requires a special commitment, because hearings must be conducted in accordance with judicial rules of procedure. Decisions can be publicly unpopular as rulings of this board must be decided based upon strict interpretation of applicable laws, rather than public opinion or desire. Zoning board of adjustment members receive no compensation for their service.
The Town of Weaverville Zoning Board of Adjustment meets at the Board Chairman’s request. Notices of meetings are published on the Town’s website and local media outlets per statutory guidelines.
The Town of Weaverville Planning and Zoning Department handles enforcement of many of the town’s ordinances. To submit a complaint or express a concern regarding a potential zoning violation, contact James Eller, Weaverville’s planning director and code enforcement officer, at (828) 645-7116, or click here to submit questions by email.