Boards and Commissions

Boards and Commissions Appointed by City Council

Citizen boards in the City can be advisory (make recommendations), quasi-judicial (interpret ordinances), or policy-making (make policy decisions) and have a real impact on our operations! Boards at non-city organizations still affect citizens' daily lives and often have City appointees. See the available boards, their activities, and their meeting times. Apply today with a Citizen Board/Commission Application or Historical Grainger Stadium Application

City Department Boards

  • Historic District Commission
    • Planning Department: 252-939-3271
    • Advisory
    • Advises the City Council on the management of the local Mitchelltown historic district and other ordinances regarding historic resources, applications to alter historic structures, and applications to declare structures landmarks; educates citizens about the preservation of historic property and advocates for preservation in economic development.
    • Comprised of 8-11 residents of Kinston or the extra-territorial jurisdiction who have a demonstrated interest in or knowledge regarding historic preservation, history, architecture, or a related field.
    • Meets as needed on the first Wednesday of the month at City Hall
  • Kinston-Lenoir County Parks and Recreation Commission
    • Parks and Recreation: 252-933-3335
    • Policy-making
    • The commission shall: 
      1. Hire a Parks and Rec Director in consultation with the city manager 
      2. Create rules governing parks and recreation facilities 
      3. Directs and spends funds given in the city budget 
    • Composed of 12 regular members, 1 member with the Lenoir County School system, and 1 city council member. 3 members are nominated by the Lenoir County Board of County Commissioners. 
    • Meets every 2nd Thursday at 530pm in the KCC Conference Room 
  • Planning Board/ Board of Adjustment (BOA)
    • Planning Department: 252-939-3271       
    • Planning Board (advisory), BOA (quasi-judicial)                                                                           
    • The Planning Board advises the Council on the comprehensive plan, and development of ordinances, determining whether proposed developments conform to the comprehensive plan, and approving major site plans 
    • The Board of Adjustment hears requests for variances to the Unified Development Ordinance, interprets questions regarding the zoning map, and acts as the Housing Appeals Board for inspection decisions. 
    • Comprised of 7 members, 5 from within the city limits and 2 within the city’s extra-territorial jurisdiction (ETJ). These members make up both the Planning Board and BOA in Kinston. 
    • Meet as needed on Monday mornings in the City Council Chamber in City Hall 
  • Utility Advisory Commission
    • Public Services: 252-939-3282 
    • Advisory
    • Make recommendations regarding policy changes affecting utility operations and maintenance, as well as the annual utilities budget request. It also gives representation to customers of the Kinston Utility System who do not live within the city limits.  
    • Comprised of 7 community citizens--5 inside the city limits, 2 outside. All must be customers of the City of Kinston Utility System 
    • Meet as needed on the 1st Wednesday of the month at 5 pm at the Public Services Complex

Non-City Department Boards

  • Downtown Kinston Revitalization Board and Sub-committees (Organization, Promotion, Design, Economic Vitality, Main Street)
    • Downtown Kinston Revitalization (formerly called Pride of Kinston): 252-522-4676 
      • Board: guides the DK organization and recommends how best to support downtown Kinston.
      • Organization: fundraising/financial sustainability
      • Promotion: city advertisement and sponsored events
      • Design: consulting services for downtown business owners
      • Economic Vitality: opportunities for development downtown) 
    • Comprised of downtown business owners and citizens with experience in fundraising, economic development, real estate, business, design, advertising, event planning, or related topics. 
    • Executive Board meetings are the last Tuesday of the month and Full Board meetings are the last Thursday of the month, time/ location varies. 
  • Kinston Housing Authority Board of Commissioners
    • Kinston Housing Authority: (252) 523-1195
    • Acts as an advocate for the agency, and serves as a link between the agency and the community 
    • Comprised of 7 members 
    • Meet on the third Thursday of each month at 4 pm 
  • Kinston-Lenoir County Public Library
    • Director of Libraries:  252-527-7066
    • The Kinston-Lenoir County Library Board (advisory) is comprised of six (6) library board members (3) in the city limits nominated by the City Council and (3) in the county nominated by the Lenoir County Board of County Commissioners.
    • Board Members also serve on the Neuse Regional Library Board (governing).
    • The Board meets quarterly in July, November, March, and June or dates otherwise designated by the Chairman of the Board.
    • The Library Board of Trustees are leaders and influential advocates for libraries and the communities they serve.  Whether you serve on an advisory or governing board, as a trustee, you influence guiding and determine present and future decisions for the library you serve.
  • Kinston-Lenoir County Tourism Development Authority Board
    • Tourism Development Authority: 252-523-2500
    • Supports the TDA goals to be the authority on travel and tourism in Kinston and Lenoir County and boosts the economy by increasing overnight stays. 
    • Collaboration between City and County 
    • Meet 3rd Tuesday of each month at 3 pm
  • Neuse Regional Water and Sewer Authority (NRWASA)
    • Kinston Public Services: 252-939-3282, NRWASA: 252-522-2567
    • The collaboration of 8 different water systems from Lenoir and Pitt counties working together to ensure a plentiful supply of water for residents and future economic growth  
    • The City of Kinston has 4 positions on the NRWASA Board—these are traditionally filled by 1 City official, 2 Public Services Staff, and 1 citizen with a business or utility background
    • Meets bi-monthly: to see the year’s schedule, visit 

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