Development and Design Services Department

The Development and Design Services Department manages and encourages growth in the city. All new residential, commercial and industrial development is reviewed by the department to ensure consistency with Morganton's Mission 2030 Plan and to ensure proper infrastructure services are available. The department handles planning, building inspections, zoning enforcement, the federal CDBG program, urban design, infrastructure inspections, and code enforcement.

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Phillip Lookadoo
Development and Design Director

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The Building Inspections Division reviews and enforces State Building Codes for all new residential and commercial construction in the City of Morganton and the City’s Extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ) The Building Inspections staff also works closely with citizens to review plans during the pre-construction phase of projects, and provides information and services to citizens as they obtain the proper permits for construction.

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Development in the City of Morganton is sbject to development regulations at the municipal, state, and federal level. These regulations inlcude building codes, building regulations, subdivision regulations, zoning, flood damage prevention, vested rights, watershed protection, and phase 2 storm water, in addition to all state and federal regulations.

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The Engineering and Design Division provides support and oversight of municipal infrastructure including parks and public spaces, landscaping, local streets and sidewalks, water and wastewater lines, and stormwater management. The division supports all City departments and oversees all new construction projects in the City. Engineering and Design also provides architectural and landscape design services, and the division serves as a liaison between the City and various state and federal agencies such as the NC DEQ, NC DOT, and the EPA.

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  • Mark Young, City Engineer, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Michael Berley, Project Manager, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Mark Hall, Civil Design Technician II, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Mark Huffman, Surveyor
  • Richard Smith, Civil Design Technician III, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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The Planning and Code Enforcement Division is responsible for developing and managing the City’s adopted short-term and long-range growth plans, policies, and ordinances. The division is primarily responsible for implementing the City’s Mission 2030 Long Range Plan through land use and development tools such as Zoning, Watershed Protection, Flood Damage Prevention, and Subdivision and Nuisance Ordinances.

Planning and Code Enforcement staff seeks out and administers various grant programs and recommends new development policies to address specific changes impacting Morganton.  The division works with various Boards and Commissions including the Board of Adjustment, Planning and Zoning Commission, Historic Preservation Commission, Community Appearance Advisory Commission, and many other special tasks forces established from time to time by Morganton City Council.  

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  • Terry Jordan, Zoning Administrator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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As with most communities, Morganton has tried to adopt responsible and reasonable development regulatory practices. These practices enable our community to efficiently grow in a way that benefits all. We realize that our ordinance requirements can confuse and sometimes discourage developers. For this reason we have created this site to serve as a developers quick reference guide.

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Morganton's stormwater management program aims to reduce pollution that washes from buildings, pavement and other surfaces into the stormwater system and into the Catawba River. The City works to educate residents through utility bill inserts and other mailings, cable advertisements and the City Web site. 

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To report a stormwater issue or violation, please e-mail the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call (828) 438-5260. To report a failing sewer line, call the Water Resources Dept. at (828) 438-5276 as soon as possible. 

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The Development and Design Services office is located on the second floor of Morganton City Hall.

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Location
Second Floor, City Hall
305 E. Union St.
Suite A100
Morganton, NC 28655

Mailing Address
City of Morganton
Development and Design Services
PO Box 3448
Morganton, NC 28680-3448

 

Phillip Lookadoo
Development and Design Services Director

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Jackie Cain
Senior Admininstrative Specialist
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Building Inspections Division  
Michael Crotts
Chief Building Codes Enforcer
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Mike Fincher
Building Codes Inspector
828-438-5383
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Crystal Reed
Admininstrative Support Assisstant
828-438-5266
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Larry Saunders
Fire Inspector
828-432-2692
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Engineering and Design Division  
Michael Berley
Project Manager
828-438-5362
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Mark Hall
Civil Design Technician II
828-432-2515
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Mark Huffman
Surveyor
828-438-5262 
Richard Smith
Civil Design Technician III
828-438-5265
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Mark Young, PE
City Engineer
828-438-5263
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Planning and Code Enforcement Division  
Russ Cochran
Senior Planner
828-438-5268
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Terry Jordan
Zoning Administrator
828-438-5269
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The City of Morganton offers grant/loan programs for the purposes of economic development and to stimulate economic activity.

The Planning and Code Enforcement Division is responsible for developing and managing the City’s adopted short-term and long-range growth plans, policies, and ordinances. The division is primarily responsible for implementing the City’s Mission 2030 Long Range Plan through land use and development tools such as Zoning, Watershed Protection, Flood Damage Prevention, and Subdivision and Nuisance Ordinances.

City Contact

828-437-8863

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Staff Directory

305 E. Union St. Ste A100
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