Who We Are / History
The primary objectives of the Association shall be to encourage and promote the technical and legal quality of administration and of those engaged and interested in the field of Zoning Administration and Zoning Enforcement in the State of North Carolina; to aid in furthering public understanding and awareness in Zoning; and to speak as a representative of Zoning Administration and Zoning Enforcement in the State of North Carolina. To see that the private citizens and officials are more accurately informed as to reputable practices and interpretations of zoning problems involving the administration and enforcement of local Zoning Ordinances.
The intent of the Association shall always be to aid in the reputable and proper administration and enforcement of local Zoning Ordinances. The Association in the fulfillment of those purposes herein stated may affiliate with other Associations and Organizations.
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Realizing the need for an association for zoning officials, a small group of six persons mailed a letter of inquiry to all jurisdictions known to have zoning regulations following a meeting in Charlotte. Due to an overwhelming response, an organizational meeting was held on September 17, 1980. At this meeting, a temporary slate of officers was elected.
A subsequent meeting was held the following November during which organizational bylaws were drafted and names for the association were discussed.
On January 16, 1981, at a meeting held at the Institute of Government in Chapel Hill, the “North Carolina Association of Zoning Officials” was founded and its constitution adopted.
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NCAZO Past Presidents
We would like to thank the below listed Past Presidents for their dedication and leadership.
(H) – Honorary Member
Archie Andrews (H)
City of Greensboro
City of Fayetteville
|1984-1985||Gary McDaniels||City of Asheville|
|Dale Long (H)||Mecklenburg County|
F. E. Icenhour
|Davy Mitchell||City of Graham|
Hardy Watkins (H)
City of Raleigh
Jan Woodside (H)
Amity Development Services
|1992-1993||Linda V. Staab|
Town of Morehead City
|1993-1994||Michael Downs (H)||Cabarrus County|
John C. Marshall III
Andy Thomas (H)
|City of Greenville|
Town of Southern Pines
|Wendell Holland||City of Asheboro|
City of New Bern
|Brownell Wright (H)|
City of Henderson
|Larry Odom (H)|
|Town of Manteo|
Cape Fear Council of Gov.
Michael M. Sandy
|2006-2007||Joey Lea (H)|
City of Burlington
Gary Ouellette (H)
City of Jacksonville
|2008-2009||Geoffrey Pearson (H)|
|2009-2010||Loray Averett (H)|
City of Greensboro
City of Wilson
Ron Smith (H)
|2013-2014||Brian Sifford||Mecklenburg County|
|2014-2015||Grace Smith (H)||Durham City-County|
|2015-2016||Sean Tencer||Town of Elon|
|2016-2017||Angela Plummer (Birchett)||Chatham County|
|2017-2018||Wayne Krimminger||Cabarrus County|
|2018-2019||Jessica Rhue||Onslow County|
|2019-2020||Josh Harrold||Town of Black Mountain|
|2020-2021||Cheryl Hart||City of Oxford|
|2021-2022||Chris Marland||City of Burlington|