Boards & Commissions

  Appearance Commission


  • To initiate, promote, and assist in the implementation of programs of general community beautification in the city.
  • To seek to coordinate the activities of individuals, agencies and organizations, public and private, whose plans, activities and programs bear upon the appearance of the city.
  • To provide leadership and guidance in matters of area or community design and appearance to individuals, and to public and private organizations, and agencies.
  • To make studies of the visual characteristics and problems of the city, including surveys and inventories of an appropriate nature, and to recommend standards and policies of design for the entire area, and portion of neighborhood thereof, or any project to be undertaken.
  • To prepare both general and specific plans for the improved appearance of the city.
  • To study the problems and determine the needs of the city in connection with its tree planting program.
  • To recommend to the city arborist, the type and kind of trees to be planted upon such public rights-of-way or parts of city streets or in parks as is designated.
  • To assist the properly constituted officials of the city, as well as the council and citizens of the city in the dissemination of news and information regarding the selection, planting, and maintenance of trees within the corporate limits, whether the same be on private or public property, and to make such recommendations from time to time to the City Council as to desirable legislation concerning the tree program and activities for the city.
  • To provide regular and special meetings at which the subject of trees, insofar as it relates to the city, may be discussed by the members of the commission, officers and personnel of the city and its several divisions, and all other interested in the tree program.

Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board

Click here for the Board's website with upcoming events, programs, and information about bicycle and pedestrian facilities in Wilson.


  • To oversee the implementation of the Plans and coordinate City pedestrian and bicycle policies and actions;
  • To recommend pedestrian and bicycle project priorities for local, state, and federal projects;
  • To promote walking and biking as alternate modes of transportation, with emphasis on educating school age children on safe, effective bicycling and walking;
  • To serve as a source of information and a sounding board for ideas on advancing safe and convenient walking/running and bicycling in Wilson;
  • To serve as a guiding group for new pedestrian and bicycle facilities, coordinating facility maintenance, and advocating for pedestrian and bicycle issues - locally, regionally, statewide or nationally;
  • To coordinate annual bicycling and walking/running events and create other education and encouragement materials and programs specific to Wilson;
  • To ensure that the City continues to receive community input on new projects and community support for any programs or activities;
  • To advise and recommend to City staff alternative funding sources to meet the pedestrian and bicycling needs of the community;
  • Review and recommend the acceptance of any grant, gift, bequest, or donation of any personal or real property made available for pedestrian and bicycle purposes;
  • To enlist support for pedestrian and bicycle programs, services, and facilities from community groups, organizations, and neighborhood groups;
  • To assist in developing working relationships with other local organizations to develop and expand pedestrian and bicycle options offered to the community;
  • Carry out other duties as assigned or activities as determined appropriate by the City Council.

Board of Adjustment
Board of Adjustment Meetings

Duties: To review decisions made by the office of zoning administration, review special use permits requested by applicants, review variances requested by applicants, and interpret zoning ordinances.

Historic Preservation Commission
Historic Preservation Meetings
Current Cases

Duties: Quasi-judicial board which reviews applications for Certificates of Appropriateness, ensuring that exterior changes to landmarks and properties within historic districts are not incongruous with the character of the property of district. Other duties include: safegaurding the heritage of the City of Wilson through preservation efforts, and promoting the preservation, restoration, use and conservation of such property for the education, pleasure and enrichment of the residents of the city, county, and state as a whole.

Planning Board
Planning Board Meetings


  • To carry out the planning and zoning activities of the City of Wilson pursuant to the provisions of the General Statutes of North Carolina. Specifically, to study the resources and needs of the city and prepare plans for the systematic future development and betterment of the city.
  • To provide plans for dividing the city into zoning districts and to prepare plans specifying the height, area, manner of construction, and use of structures and buildings to be erected in such districts.
  • The Board prepares and submits to the City Council for approval and adoption, reports and recommendations, as to regulations of the percentage of a lot that may be occupied; the size of yards, courts, and other open spaces; and the location and use of buildings and structures and land for trade, industry, residence, or other purposes.
  • It is the duty of the Board to make and adopt a master plan for the physical development of the city and its extraterritorial jurisdiction.