Narron chosen as Swan’s successor on Knightdale Land Use Review Board

mhankerson@newsobserver.comDecember 13, 2013 

— Richy Narron first joined the town’s Land Use Review Board to finish a former member’s term. Now, with former vice-chair Mark Swan leaving to serve on Town Council, Narron has taken on finishing another member’s term.

Swan was set to finish a term that would last into the spring, but won a seat in Town Council. At last week’s LURB meeting, Narron was nominated to be chair until the term finishes out. He will be eligible to serve a full term as vice-chair at that time, if he wants to.

Narron first joined the LURB in 2008 to learn more about the town. He is serving his second term.

“I just wanted to get involved with the town and help out any way I could,” he said. “I thought joining the LURB I’d learn a lot as far as zoning.”

Narron works at a engineering firm that often works with North Carolina Department of Transportation, so he said he can usually help the LURB work through proposals and projects that require road work.

Knightdale’s LURB serves as a planning, appearance and tree board for the town. The board reviews changes to town ordinances, plans for certain constructions and advises Town Council on whether it fits with the town’s Comprehensive Plan.

“We want to keep the town growing but we want to make sure its growing properly,” Narron said. “ (We consider) is it going to be good for the town?”

As an appearance board, the LURB makes sure there are no infractions to the town code. As the town’s tree board, the LURB also finds ways to encourage the preservation of trees and other nature in the town.

The tree board has allowed the LURB to create an initiative to plant more trees around bare parts of town, like near the town’s entrances to the interstate. Those projects have been some of Narron’s favorites.

“We’re looking to expand on that in coming years,” he said.

Hankerson: 919-829-4826; Twitter: @easternwakenews

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