Meeting Procedures The Town Council has mandated that all committee meetings abide by NC Open Meetings' Law. This includes proper media notification, an agenda when possible, and informal public comments.
Agricultural Advisory Committee The Agricultural Advisory Committee consists of eight (8) seats and is served by members of the local agricultural community. The committee is charged with reviewing policies and procedures, making recommendations, advising Council on matters that affect agriculture, and preserving the agricultural heritage in Mills River. The committee meets once a month on the third Friday at 9:00 AM.
Board of Adjustments The Board of Adjustments consists of five (5) voting members and two (2) alternates. The Board is state-regulated, meets in quasi-judicial hearings and applies the Town Zoning Ordinance in appeals from decisions of the Zoning Administrator or when a property owner requests a variance or conditional use permit. The Board meets the second Tuesday of every second month at 7:00 PM, or more often when caseload deems necessary.
Finance Committee The Finance Committee consists of five (5) seats. Members are charged with advising Council on financial decisions affecting the Town. In addition, the committee reviews revenue and expenditures on a quarterly basis, and previews the upcoming fiscal year budget making recommendations to Council. The committee assures Council that expenditures remain within the current fiscal year budget and advise Council on large expenditures. The committee meets every quarter on the third Thursday of the first month of the new quarter (January, April, July, and October) at 7:00 PM.
Planning Board The Planning Board consists of 9 members. It is a state-regulated board that makes recommendations and advises Council on matters relating to the Town’s land use regulations. The Planning Board also hears rezoning requests, requests for text amendments to the zoning ordinance, and, in some circumstances, special use permits. Various other matters regarding land use development must also be reviewed by the Planning Board before being heard by the Town Council. The Board meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 7:00 PM.
Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee The Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee developed and recommended a master plan for development of Mills River Park. Its six (6) members also develop and recommend changes to the master plan, recommend policy decisions for the park, and recommend park rules. The committee meets the fourth Tuesday of each month at 7:00 PM.