Planning & Economic Development

The Planning & Economic Development Department is responsible for administering three primary land use management functions:  long-range planning, short-range planning, and zoning regulation.  Links containing important information related to these functions can be found below.  For more specific information or if you have questions regarding specific land development activities or processes, please contact the Planning & Economic Development Director, Julie Maybee  - Email:

Long-Range Planning

Town of Selma Land Use Plan - Last updated in 2009, the Land Use Plan contains the Town's official positions and policies related to growth and development.  While the document is not regulatory, it should be the primary source consulted when making decisions on land use matters.  

Town of Selma Strategic Planning Document - Written in 2008, the Strategic Planning Document is an analysis of strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats facing Selma and strategies to address them.

Johnston County Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan - As of 2010, this document is currently being updated.  The plan addresses environmental hazards facing Johnston County and its municipalities and techniques employed to address those hazards.

Upper Coastal Plain Rural Planning Organization (UCPRPO) - A regional planning group consisting of representatives from local governments in Wilson, Nash, Edgecombe, and Johnston Counties, focused on ensuring regional transportation interests are addressed.

Triangle J Council of Governments - A voluntary organization of municipal and county governments in North Carolina's Region J (Chatham, Durham, Johnston, Lee, Moore, Orange and Wake Counties) to aid, assist, and improve the capabilities of local governments in administration, planning, fiscal managment and development.

Johnston County Comprehensive Transportation Plan - Adopted in 2012, this plan identified long-term priorities for updating the County's transportation system.  The suggested improvements for Selma and all of Johnston County are included, and are used as one component to determine what local transportation projects eventually get funded; however, it is not intended to be a definitive listing of projects to be built.  The plan is "multi-modal," addressing needed highway, rail, and pedestrian improvements.

Short-Range Planning

Subdivision Regulation - The Selma Subdivision Ordinance details the requirements and procedures for dividing land in the Town of Selma and its extraterritorial jurisdiction.

Review Boards & Committees - Boards composed of appointed volunteers review various development proposals for consistency with adopted policies and regulations.

Community & Economic Development - The Town of Selma is constantly seeking opportunities partner with private and public investors to make a better community.  Industrial recruitment, business retention, and community enhancement are integral to ensuring continued prosperity.  The Smithfield Selma Chamber of Commerce has a number of committes dedicated to these causes.  In addition, the Johnston County Economic Development Office is a valuable resource with information about Selma/Smithfield CERTIFIED INDUSTRIAL SITES.

Small Town Main Street - Selma was named a North Carolina Small Town Main Street Community in 2009.  This program is offered by the North Carolina Department of Commerce to recognize small towns which offer unique downtown experiences and provide guidance on enhancement and preservation.

Zoning Regulation

In an effort to protect community health and safety, all land use activities are expected to comply with the Selma Zoning Ordinance.  In most cases, this compliance must be demonstrated prior to establishing utility service, obtaining a building permit, or securing a privilege license.  An official zoning determination can only be made by the Department of Planning & Economic Development; however, an informational zoning map and district regulations are found below (detailed land development regulations are found in Chapter 17 of the Town Code):

Zoning Map
Central Business District - CB
General Business District - GB
Interstate Business District - IB
Industrial 1 District - I1
Industrial 2 District - I2
High Density Residential District - R8
Medium Density Residential District - R10
Residential/Agriculture - R20
Mobile Home Park District - MHP
Transitional Residential District - TR
Institutional District - IN

Furthermore, certain land uses (including mobile homes and billboards) are required to meet additional regulations.  As always, contact the Department of Planning & Economic Development to confirm the applicablity of these regulations:

Design Manual
Mobile Home Regulations
Sign Regulations

Additional land data is available by accessing the Johnston County Geographic System (GIS).  For specific questions about this data or other mapping information, contact Johnston County GIS at (919) 989-5153. 

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