Planning Department

For Planning Department Inquiries, Call: 919-934-2116, ext. 1111

Planning Board
The Planning Board meets regularly on the first Thursday of every month at 6:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers of Smithfield Town Hall. Application deadline is the first Friday in each month.

The Planning Board acts in an advisory capacity to the Town Council in the matter of guiding and accomplishing a coordinated and harmonious development of the area within the Town jurisdiction.                                                                                                                                                                                   The Planning Board responsibilities include:

  • Make studies of the town and ETJ and present recommendations to the Town Council; 
  • Develop and recommend policies, ordinances, administrative procedures, and other means for carrying out plans in a coordinated and efficient manner;
  • Prepare and recommend ordinances promoting orderly development as guided by the Comprehensive Growth Management Plan;
  • Amend and revise the comprehensive plan for the physical, social, and economic development of the Town and ETJ and present recommendations to the Town Council for consideration;
  • Review development proposals for conformance with Town Ordinances and the Comprehensive Growth Management Plan and make recommendations to the Town Council;
  • Keep the Town Council and the general public informed and advised on Planning Board matters. 
  • Provide administration and enforcement for carrying out plans as directed by the Town Council; 
  • Perform any other duties as directed by the Town Council.

The Planning Board consists of 10 members; 8 from within the corporate limits of the Town, appointed by the Town Council, and 2 members from within extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ), appointed by the Board of County Commissioners. Board members are appointed for 3 year terms.   


Planning Board Members:
Stephen Upton-Chairman

Mark Lane- Vice-Chair

                                                                                                                                                                        In-Town Members                                                                                                                                         Teresa Daughtry
Michael Johnson                                           

Alisa Bizzell                                                                                                            Debbie Howard                                                                                              

In-Town Alternate                                                                                                                                        

Doris Wallace                                                


                                                                                                                                                                       ETJ Member                                                                                                                                                   Ashley Spain

VACANT - 1 ETJ Alternate Member                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Mark Helmer is the staff contact for the Planning Board and can be reached by telephone at                   (919) 934-2116 ext. 1112 or by email at



Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 761, Smithfield, NC 27577
Physical Address:
350 East Market Street
Smithfield, NC 27577
Main Phone: 919-934-2116
Fax: 919-934-1134


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