Planning board adds three new members

By Jesse Campbell -

The Ashe County Planning Board recently received approval from county commissioners to add three new members to tackle local land development and zoning issues issues for years to come.

While the planning board has recently found itself the subject of a pending judicial review involving the county and controversy surrounding a planned asphalt plant in Glendale Springs – as well as the decision to go against the county’s planning department’s decision to deny a permit for said plant – the governing entity is now poised to face these and other challenges with new leadership.

Brandon Dillard, William Carter and Keith Phillips were approved by the board of commissioners on Jan. 3 to join the planning board in making decisions related to land use and development.

Dillard, of Jefferson, has resided in Ashe County for 35 years and is a veteran of the U.S. Army.

“Since returning from the Army, I have gained extensive experience in sales and have served on subdivision boards, as a subdivision developer and been involved in community development,” said Dillard in his application for the board. “My occupation requires me to work closely with subdivisions, their boards, local government and state agencies. I currently maintain subdivision road and have been involved in their designs.”

Dillars is also the owner of MasterCraft NC, LLC, which he believes has allowed him to expand into commercial construction.

“Through the day to day operations of my companies, I have gained management experience, knowledge of local and state rules and regulations, managed and overseen subdivision committees, infrastructure and planning,” he said. “I also work closely with man local and state government agencies like the Army Corps of Engineers and am familiar with ever changing rules and regulations.”

Phillips, of Crumpler, is a 1984 graduate of the former Beaver Creek High School. He is currently the assisting athletic director for Ashe County High.

“I would like to see a common sense approach to balancing current land uses with future economic and residential development,” Phillips said on how the board’s efforts should impact growth and development in the county.

Carter joins the board with more than 30 years of experience in the automotive industry.

“We as a county need to work together to draw new industry to our county as well as new business,”he said in his application. “We need to get a grip on wasteful spending on things that have no return revenue for the county.”

The board consists of five members from different communities throughout the county. The board meets twice a month, on the first and third Thursdays at 5:30 pm. The planning board is responsible for administering several of the county’s land use ordinances, including residential subdivisions, mobile home parks, recreational vehicle parks and communications towers, according to the county’s website.

By Jesse Campbell

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