Public Comments at Planning Board Meetings

At the June meeting, the Weddington Town Council voted to amend the Rules of Procedure for the Planning Board to add public comments to the regular meeting agendas. Rules for Public Comment at Planning Board Meetings read: 


  • A maximum of thirty minutes shall be allocated to hear from the public during the public comment period.
  • Speakers shall sign up on the sign-up sheet at the entrance to the meeting room before the meeting is called to order. No individual will be permitted to address the Planning Board if they do not sign up to speak prior to the start of the meeting.
  • Each speaker will be limited to three minutes.
  • Speakers shall approach the podium and state their name and address when addressing the Board.
  • Speakers must be civil in language and presentation and act within reasonable standards of courtesy.
  • Use of slander, name-calling, personal attacks, or threatening speech or behavior is prohibited.
  • Speakers will speak on current agenda items.
  • Written or emailed comments are accepted in lieu of oral statements. Submitted comments will not be read aloud during the meeting but will be provided to the Planning Board and included in the minutes.
  • The Planning Board shall not engage in debate or commentary with residents during the public comment period.
  • The audience must maintain order and decorum in their conduct and must refrain from disruptive applause, comments, or disorderly speaking during the meeting.
  • A person who interrupts, disturbs, or disrupts an official meeting is guilty of a misdemeanor. A person who interrupts a meeting and is asked to leave the meeting by the presiding officer and refuses is also guilty of a misdemeanor. (ยง143-318.17. Disruptions of official meetings.)