Policy, Advisory, and Statutory Boards/Committees

The Brevard City Council has established four policy committees and four advisory committees, with three additional committees required by state law. These bodies are designed to support City Council's decision-making process and elicit advice and counsel from subject matter experts and community members.



COUNCIL POLICY COMMITTEES

Policy Committees are direct subsets of City Council. Policy Committees extend the Council's policy making ability by vetting complex policy proposals before they reach full Council. They are made up of two Council members and one resident appointed by the Council.


COUNCIL PUBLIC WORKS & UTILITIES COMMITTEE (POLICY)

Reviews policies governing utility maintenance and growth within the City. This Committee makes recommendations to Council pertaining to three departments: Public Works, the Water Treatment Plant, and the Wastewater Treatment Plant. Those interested in joining the committee should review the committee's application form

    Chair: Mac Morrow

    Vice Chair: Lauren Wise

    Citizen Member: William Carson


COUNCIL PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE (POLICY)

Makes recommendations to Council regarding the safety of Brevard's citizens. This Committee reviews policies governing the services provided by the Police and Fire Departments. Traffic matters overseen by the Public Works Department are also overseen by this committee. Those interested in joining the committee should review the committee's application form 

    Chair: Aaron Baker

    Vice Chair: Mac Morrow

    Citizen Member: Kevin Gallo


COUNCIL FINANCE, HUMAN RESOURCES, AND APPOINTMENTS COMMITTEE (POLICY)

Reviews matters governing the administration of the city. Makes recommendations to Council regarding the annual audit, personnel policies, City employee benefits, and noteworthy budgetary matters. Also reviews applicants for policy and advisory committee vacancies and recommends appointees to full Council. Those interested in joining the committee should review the committee's application form

    Chair: Lauren Wise

    Vice Chair: Gary Daniel

    Citizen Member: Susan Miller 


COUNCIL HOUSING COMMITTEE (POLICY)

Council's newest Policy Committee, established in 2022 as an acknowledgement of the growing importance of housing matters in the city of Brevard. This committee will work to develop policies that support the provision of affordable and workforce housing. Those interested in joining the committee should review the committee's application form

    Chair: Pamela Holder

    Vice Chair: Aaron Baker

    Citizen Member: Victor Foster 



ADVISORY COMMITTEES

Advisory Committees are made up of elected officials and community members with an interest in the subject matter. They are not required by law; rather they were established voluntarily by City Council to elicit feedback from community members on matters of public interest.


Membership varies from committee to committee. Some committee seats are designated, but all have at-large members. Vacancies occur throughout the year as terms expire. Brevard residency is not required. Interested applicants can access additional information on the advisory committee application posting.


PARKS, TRAILS & RECREATION ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Reviews plans for long term recreation development within the City. This Committee advises Council regarding matters related to recreation infrastructure like trails, parks, and nature preserves. Also serves as the City's Bicycle Advisory Committee.

    Chair: Aaron Baker

    Vice Chair: Lauren Wise

    Citizen Members: Wyn Birkenthal, Nancy DePippo, Howie Granat, JD Powers, Reba Osborne


DOWNTOWN MASTER PLAN ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Reviews plans for the economic development and beautification of the downtown area. This committee advises Council regarding the streetscape, public art, capital improvements, and urban forest of Downtown Brevard. The committee also reviews policies governing downtown events.

    Chair: Gary Daniel

    Vice Chair: Pamela Holder

    Heart of Brevard Representatives: Nicole Bentley, Billy Parrish

    Citizen Member: Lee McMinn

    At-Large Member: Parker Platt 

    

ROSENWALD COMMUNITY ADVISORY BOARD

This board is made up of residents and individuals with historical connections to Rosenwald, Brevard's historically African-American community. The board advises the Council on areas of concern to Rosenwald residents, and how the city can strengthen ties with the community.

    Council Members: Pamela Holder, Gary Daniel

    Co-Chair: Randy Lytle

    Citizen Members: Edith Darity, Karen Darity, Victor Foster, Susan Threlkel 


ECUSTA TRAIL ADVISORY BOARD

This board, made up of members from Transylvania and Henderson counties, is the working forum for all the partners involved in this complex project. The 20+-mile Ecusta Trail will run from downtown Hendersonville to the city of Brevard and connect neighborhoods with significant activity and employment centers along its route.

    Council Member: Mac Morrow

    Mayor: Maureen Copelof

    County Commissioner: Larry Chapman

    At-Large Members: Meredith Carli, Lauren Wise

    Representatives: Addison Bradley (NC Cooperative Extension), John Ditillo (Friends of Ecusta Trail), Clark Lovelace (Tourism Development Authority), Chuck McGrady (Henderson County Advisory Board Chair), Billy Parrish (Blue Zones Project), Mark Tooley (Conserving Carolina)



STATUTORY COMMITTEES

These committees are required by state statute. Interested applicants can access additional information on the statutory/code committee application


ABC BOARD

This is the governing board of Brevard's local Alcoholic Beverage Control retailer. In North Carolina, ABC boards are semi-autonomous constituent units of their establishing local government. City Council appoints the board's members, but the board hires ABC staff and manages the affairs of the enterprise. The terms are three years.

    Chair: Kevin Jones


PLANNING BOARD

Prepares and manages comprehensive and coordinated plans for the physical development within the City and its ETJ, such as the Land Use Plan, UDO, Transportation Plan, Floodplain, etc.


Reviews and renders opinions and/or makes recommendations on land development proposals, zoning text amendments, rezoning applications, annexations, planned developments, and land use and transportation plans and policies.

    Chair: Greg Hunter

    Vice Chair: Reid Wood


BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT

This quasi-judicial body reviews requests for variances from Brevard's development ordinances and hears appeals of administrative zoning decisions.

    Chair: Kevin Jones

    Vice Chair: Peter Offen