City looks to fill two Planning Commission vacancies

July 25, 2012

By Staff

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 NEW — 9:55 a.m. July 25, 2012

The city of Newcastle is accepting applications for two positions on the Planning Commission due to two commissioners’ upcoming expiration of term.

Planning Commission volunteers help shape the future of Newcastle by making recommendations to the City Council on items like the Comprehensive Plan and development regulations.

Interested Newcastle residents should submit an application, letter of interest and resume by 5 p.m. Aug. 10.

Applications are available on the city’s website at

The Planning Commission meets the third Wednesday of every month starting at 7 p.m., and is made up of seven citizen representatives.

One important task the commissioners take on is review of the Comprehensive Plan, a document guiding city policy and planning.

Newcastle is in the preliminary stages of developing a Comprehensive Plan review schedule for the development of a recommendation. The commission also is charged with reviewing the zoning map, zoning code and other development codes and completing a work plan provided by the council.

Applicants must be at least 18 years old. Interviews will be conducted Aug. 13 through Aug. 17 by Mayor Rich Crispo, a council member yet to be selected, and Rob Lemmon, chair of the Planning Commission.

The mayor will recommend appointments to the City Council, and the council will review the recommendation at its Aug. 21 City Council meeting starting at 7 p.m.

The terms of Planning Commission positions 3 and 4 are set to expire July 31.

Vice Chair John Drescher serves in position 3 and Commissioner Jon Simpson serves in position 4. Commissioner Drescher was appointed to an unexpired term when former Commissioner Kim Ellis resigned.

Simpson was appointed last year to an unexpired term following former Commissioner Larry Betsch’s resignation. Both commissioners are permitted to apply for the seats and may continue to serve until the appointments are made.

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