Friday, September 23, 2016

4 Chances to Weigh In on Local Land Use Plan

Residents will be able to share their thoughts on growth and development in Sanford, Broadway, and Lee County at drop-in public input sessions scheduled for September and October.

At these meetings, the public will have the chance to provide initial guidance and feedback on topics that influence land use. A consultant and planning staff will be available to answer questions. Attendees can make comments and submit simple survey questionnaires. There will be no formal presentation.

Land Use Update Underway

Input gathered during the sessions will be used by the Sanford/Lee County Planning Department to update its Land Use Plan, a document that guides development over the next 10 to 20 years. “A modern land use plan is the tool that brings positive, attractive tax base expansion for Sanford and Lee County that makes us the envy of other areas,” explains Chet Mann, mayor for the City of Sanford.

When adopted in 1999, “our current plan was for a much more rural community, with surrounding areas also being predominantly rural,” notes Amy Dalrymple, chair of the Lee County Board of Commissioners. However, with rapid urbanization happening in nearby counties and major plans for more growth on the horizon, Lee County will see tremendous changes in the next twenty years. “In order for that growth to be sensible, sustainable, and affordable, we must have an updated Land Use Plan to reflect our vision,” she says.

An updated plan is especially useful for small municipalities where funding is limited, says Donald Andrews, mayor for the Town of Broadway, as it allows them “to plan for future infrastructure needs and upgrades to meet demand.” The plan also gives the private sector some guidelines for what the community will support, he points out.

To accomplish that goal, the plan must provide a vision for development that “balances the economic, social, and environmental needs of Sanford and Lee County; strengthens the local economy; and preserves a higher quality of life for all its residents,” Mann says.

The updated plan can also help resolve modern concerns like fracking, coal ash, and quarries, Dalrymple says. “These industries have great impacts where they occur because of the environmental and quality-of-life concerns. Having a plan that more specifically addresses conditions for these industries is important moving forward.”

The updated Land Use Plan will include insight from residents, business owners, community leaders, and other stakeholders. The upcoming meetings are “a great opportunity for citizens to have input into what they want their community to look like in the future,” says Andrews.

Share Your Thoughts

Public meetings have been scheduled to take place from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on the following days at the following locations.

• September 27, 2016 – Broadway Community Center (111 N Main St.)
• September 29, 2016 – Dennis Wicker Civic Center (1801 Nash St.)
• October 4, 2016 – Deep River Elementary (4000 Deep River Rd.)
• October 6, 2016 – Greenwood Elementary (1127 Greenwood Rd.)

Bonus: On Monday, September 26, Mayor Mann will host a Facebook Live chat session on his Facebook page to discuss the Land Use Plan update and answer questions anyone might have about both the plan and the process for updating it.

Moving forward, the public will be able to submit written comments and questions throughout the update process using the plan’s website.

More Information

Contact: David Montgomery, Long Range Planner for the Sanford/Lee County Planning Department, at 919-718-4657 ext. 5392 or via email.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Registration for the Summer Citizens' Academy is Open

The City of Sanford is now registering for the summer session of Sanford Citizens' Academy, a 13-week interactive program designed to give you an inside look at your city government.

Any Lee County resident is encouraged to apply. Residents living in the city will be given preference. Please note that space is limited to 10 participants.

When: Mondays from July 25 through October 17*, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Graduation will be on Tuesday, October 18.

Where: Municipal facilities.

Cost: Completely free!

Participants will tour the Water Treatment Plant, Wastewater Treatment Plant, Sanford Municipal Golf Course, municipal parks, and more. A new feature this year is an evening dedicated to economic development that includes a visit to the Raleigh Exec Jetport and the future Central Carolina Enterprise Park.

A light dinner will be served at the beginning of each session.

The deadline to apply is July 18. Download the application form here.

For more information, contact Kelly Miller at 919-777-1133.

*Note the Academy will not meet on Monday, September 5.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Public Works Employee Wins Speech Contest

A City of Sanford employee took home top honors at the N.C. Statewide Safety Conference this month.

In March, Alvan Davis, Lead Utility Maintenance Worker in the Public Works Department, competed in the Safety Talk Contest sponsored by the Mid-State Safety Council. Davis won first place and went on to represent the region at the state conference, held in Greensboro.

At the state conference, Davis competed against other regional representatives on a topic of his choosing that addressed a safety and injury prevention message. Davis’ presentation was entitled, “Trenching and Shoring – Keeping It 100,” took third place.

Judges and attendees were surprised and pleased by Davis’ unique topic choice and excellent delivery.

Mayor Chet Mann, the Sanford City Council, and Safety Officer Donna Matthews
congratulated Alvan Davis, Lead Utility Maintenance Worker in the Public Works
Department at the City of Sanford, on his third place finish in the Safety Talk Contest
sponsored by the Mid-State Safety Council at the N.C. Statewide Safety
Conference this month.

For more information about the N.C. Statewide Safety Conference or the Mid-State Safety Council, visit or call Donna Matthews at 919-777-1208.

Monday, May 9, 2016

National Night Out 2016 is Underway

Get ready for another fun-filled summer of National Night Out events by attending the annual Coordinators' Meeting at City Hall.

When: Thursday, May 26 at 6:30 p.m.
Where: West End Conference Room at City Hall, 225 E. Weatherspoon Street
Details: Join and share our Facebook Event

Attendees will be able to ask questions about National Night Out, start preparing for their neighborhoods' events, and win prizes.

A light dinner will be served.

For more information about National Night Out, contact Kelly Miller at 919-777-1133.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Save the Date: Downtown Streetfest & Fireworks


The City of Sanford and Downtown Sanford, Inc. are excited to announce the DOWNTOWN STREETFEST & FIREWORKS, a celebration of the completed streetscape revitalization in downtown Sanford.

The Downtown Streetfest & Fireworks will feature music, food trucks, entertainment, and local businesses. The evening will be capped off with fireworks.

When: Friday, October 7 starting at 5:30 p.m. Fireworks will begin at approximately 8:30 p.m.

Where: The block of downtown Sanford ringed by Steele Street, Carthage Street, Moore Street, and Wicker Street.

Want to get involved? Volunteers will be needed to make this once-in-a-lifetime event a success. If you’d like to help or become a sponsor, contact Jennifer St. Clair at 919-718-4659 x 1400 or Kelly Miller at 919-777-1133.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Know Your Door-to-Door Solicitation Rights

Under threat of litigation, the Sanford City Council has updated its Peddlers/Itinerant Merchant ordinance. Effective immediately, the change allows residents in the city of Sanford to post a “No Soliciting” sign to prevent door-to-door sales at their homes.

Previously, the City of Sanford required peddlers to secure a permit and receive the occupant’s permission before going to the door of a private residence to sell or take orders for goods, wares, or merchandise. The goal was to protect residents from annoyance or interference by those who might use unscrupulous tactics, fear, or intimidation when selling door to door.

However, recent court decisions have narrowed the ability of government to regulate commercial speech, making restrictions on soliciting easy to challenge. To avoid a lengthy legal battle that would likely side with businesses that rely on soliciting, the City of Sanford has amended its ordinance.

New Rules

  • Each person who goes door to door to take orders or sell goods, wares, or merchandise must apply to the City of Sanford for a Peddlers/Itinerant Merchant license. There is a nonrefundable fee and the license runs on the fiscal year of July 1 to June 30. Solicitors must show their valid license upon request.
  • Residents are allowed to post a “No Soliciting” sign on their property to prevent solicitors from knocking on their door. Any solicitor who ignores the sign will be in violation of the ordinance.
  • Neighborhoods with a property owners’ association may post a “no soliciting” sign at the entrance to the neighborhood if the association has the proper authority to do so. Any solicitor who knocks on doors in the neighborhood for purpose of selling will be in violation of the ordinance.
  • Any resident may ask a solicitor to leave, regardless of whether a “no soliciting” sign is posted. Peddlers who do not leave when asked are trespassing. Residents should call 9-1-1 if they feel threatened or harassed. Remember that no resident has to open the door for a stranger, including solicitors.


Residents should call the Sanford Police Department at 919-777-1000 to file a report if any solicitor cannot produce the Peddlers/Itinerant Merchant license, refuses to leave when asked, or otherwise fails to comply with the ordinance’s rules. Violators will be fined $50. After two violations, solicitors may lose their license for a period of 12 months.

The ordinance specifically applies to solicitation for the purpose of selling goods and merchandise and does not prohibit canvassing by religious groups, civic or non-profit groups, and political campaigners, which is considered free speech.


To obtain a Peddlers/Itinerant Merchant license, visit the Business Licenses section of our website, found under Billing and Collections.

For more information, contact Ebony McLean at 919-777-1144.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Block Party Beautifies Woodland Avenue

More than 130 volunteers, including city leaders, youth groups, and churches, came together on Saturday for the Sanford Block Party, an annual community clean-up and beautification project that focused on Woodland Avenue from Courtland Drive to Hughes Street this year.

During the event, firefighters from the Sanford Fire Department canvassed the neighborhood to share information about smoke detectors and install detectors in homes that didn't have one.

For more information about the Sanford Block Party, take a look at the Sunday, April 10 edition of The Sanford Herald (or see article here and here) or call Karen Kennedy at 919-718-4657 x 5391.

Check the City of Sanford's Facebook page in the coming days for a photo album and video of the event.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Arbor Day Scheduled for April 29

The City of Sanford will host its fourth annual Arbor Day celebration at B.T. Bullock Elementary School on Friday, April 29.

As in years past, students will perform songs, essays, and poems around the theme of nature and trees. School leaders and members of the community will plant trees on the school's lawn.

Details: The program will begin at 1:00 p.m. in the school's gym, located at 1410 McNeill Road in Sanford. The public is invited.

Long-term goals for the City's partnership with Bullock include a learning garden, botanical arboretum, and anti-erosion planting.

For more information, contact Liz Whitmore at 919-718-4657 ext 5393.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Sanford Block Party to Focus on Woodland Avenue

The 6th annual Sanford Block Party has been scheduled for Saturday, April 9.

This year, the event -- which brings the community together to spruce up a Sanford neighborhood -- will address Woodland Avenue from Courtland Drive to Hughes Street.

Volunteers will start the day with breakfast, followed by a morning of landscaping, light painting, and light construction where needed. After, lunch and entertainment will be provided.

Currently, the Housing Task Force is seeking donations to help with food, entertainment, and supplies. To donate or volunteer, contact Karen Kennedy at 919-718-4657 ext. 5391.

To share information about the Sanford Block Party using Facebook, join our Facebook event here.

Share this flyer with friends, family, and co-workers to spread the word about the event.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Registration is Open for Sanford Citizens' Academy

The City of Sanford is now registering for the Sanford Citizens' Academy, a 9-week interactive program designed to give you an inside look at your city government.
When: Tuesdays from February 16 through April 12, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Graduation will be on Tuesday, April 19 at 5:30 p.m.

Where: Municipal buildings and grounds.

Cost: Completely free!
We’ll  tour the Water Treatment Plant, Wastewater Treatment Plant, Sanford Municipal Golf Course, municipal parks, and more. A light breakfast will be served at the beginning of each session.

The deadline to apply is February 8 and space is limited to 10 participants. Download the application form here.

For more information, contact Kelly Miller at 919-777-1133.