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May 26

In compliance with Governor Cooper's Executive Order No. 141 moving North Carolina into Phase 2 of easing restrictions due to COVID-19, the Village of Pinehurst announces the following updates and cancellations:

The Village currently plans to open these facilities to the public on June 15, 2020:

  • Village Hall/Assembly Hall
  • Fire Department 91
  • Fire Department 92
  • Police Department
  • Public Services
  • Cannon Park Community Center

For the safety of our employees and residents, plastic shields will be installed at counters, free-standing hand sanitizer stations will be available, and floor markings will be installed every six feet for those waiting in line.

Rentals of the following facilities are cancelled through June 26:

  • Village Hall/Assembly Hall
  • Cannon Park Community Center
  • Fair Barn

Parks & Recreation Updates:

All Parks and Recreation programs, athletics, activities, trips, and open gym times have been suspended until further notice. The Splash Pad at Rassie Wicker Park will also remain closed at this time.

Village parks are available for residents to enjoy outdoor activities, provided residents comply with the requirements for social distancing and mass gatherings. Per the governor’s order, playgrounds will remain closed during Phase 2.

May 20

North Carolina Moves into Safer At Home Phase 2 Effective through June 26

Governor Cooper has issued Executive Order No. 141, which ends the Stay-at-Home order and moves the state into Phase 2 of easing restrictions due to COVID-19.

View the Order's FAQs.

May 8 

Governor Modifies Stay-at-Home Order and Begins Easing Restrictions Effective through May 22 

Governor Cooper has issued Executive Order No. 138, which modifies the previous Stay-at-Home Order and begins Phase 1 of easing restrictions due to COVID-19.

Phase 1 Changes

View the Order's FAQs

April 30 

Governor's Stay-At-Home Order Effective through May 8 at 5:00pm

Governor Cooper has issued another Order extending the Stay-At-Home Order through May 8 at 5:00pm. The Order also extends other orders regarding the closures of restaurants for dine-in service, bars and other close-contact businesses. 

March 30 

Governor Cooper issued a Stay-At-Home Order that went into effect Monday, March 30 at 5:00pm. It is ordered that all North Carolina residents must stay at home, with the following exceptions:

  • For health and safety
  • For necessary supplies and services
  • For outdoor activity
  • For certain types of work
  • To take care of others
  • To travel to/from a place of worship
  • To receive goods and services
  • To travel to and from one's place of residence for child custody/visitation arrangements
  • Volunteering

When outside your home, please maintain social distancing of at least six feet from any other person. 

This Order also decrees that:

  • Only essential businesses may operate throughout the duration of the order and
  • Non-essential businesses are ordered to cease all activities except for minimum basic operations
  • Gatherings, public or private, of more than 10 people must be cancelled.

Read the Stay-At-Home Order in its entirety here. Find a list of frequently asked questions here.

Executive Orders 

On March 10, Governor Cooper declared a State of Emergency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Since then, the governor has issued several Executive Orders that govern us while the state of emergency is in effect:

  • Executive Order No. 117 prohibited mass gatherings with over 100 people in attendance for 30 days, closed schools across the state through March 30, and urged social distancing of at least six feet between people.
  •  Executive Order No. 118 closed restaurants and bars to dine-in customers and limited the sale of food and beverages to drive-through, delivery, or carry-out. This Order also waived the unemployment waiting period and several other requirements. In addition, the NC Department of Health and Human Services issued an Order of Abatement of Imminent Hazard ordering bars to close and restaurants to close their seating areas.For questions about Executive Order No. 118, as it pertains to restaurant and bar closures, and the Order of Abatement, please click here for FAQs.
  • Executive Order No. 119 encouraged continued operation of childcare facilities and limited services provided by the Department of Motor Vehicles and driver's license offices.
  • Executive Order No. 120 amended Order No. 117 and prohibited gatherings with over 50 people in attendance, extended school closures through May 15, and closed a number of businesses including: bingo parlors, bowling alleys, ice skating rinks, indoor exercise facilities, indoor pools, live performance venues, movie theaters, roller skating rinks, spas, video game arcades, barber shops, hair salons, nail salons, massage therapists, and tattoo parlors.
  • Executive Order No. 121 ordered all NC residents to stay at home. Read the FAQs here.
  • Executive Order No. 124 prohibited utilities, including electric, gas, water and wastewater services, from disconnecting people who are unable to pay during this pandemic. Read the FAQs here.
  • Executive Order No. 131 addresses three issues: requires retail stores that are still operating to implement new social distancing policies to make shopping safer for customers and employees; makes earlier COVID-19 guidelines mandatory for nursing facilities, and recommends other long-term care facilities to do the same; speeds up the process to get benefits to people out of work. Read the FAQs.
  • Executive Order No. 135 extends the Stay-at-Home Order through May 8 at 5:00pm. The Order also extends other orders regarding the closures of restaurants for dine-in service, bars and other close-contact businesses. 
  • Executive Order No. 138 modifies the Stay-at-Home Order and begins Phase 1 of easing COVID-19 restrictions across the state. Read the FAQs.

Village Buildings Closed to Public

Due to positive COVID-19 cases in Moore County, and out of caution for the safety of our employees and residents, the Village of Pinehurst will temporarily close all Village buildings to the public effective until further notice.

Village buildings will remain open to employees and regular daily operations will continue, but visitors will not be allowed in Village buildings without an appointment made at least 24 hours in advance. Use our online staff directory to contact Village staff for your needs or to schedule an appointment.

While Village buildings are closed to the public, residents are encouraged to access our online services:

Throughout the closure, essential public safety services will continue and measures are in place to continue all non-emergency operations. Solid waste collection handled by Village personnel will also occur as scheduled.

Event Cancellations

The following events have been cancelled:

  • The Polar Plunge scheduled for March 28
  • Live After 5 concert scheduled for April 3
  • Easter Egg Hunts scheduled for April 4
  • Spring Matinee Races scheduled for April 4
  • The Celebration of the Military Child scheduled for April 18
  • Live After 5 scheduled for May 8

Facility Rentals Cancelled

Reservations through June 26 will be cancelled at the following facilities:

  • Village Hall
  • Cannon Park Community Center
  • Fair Barn

Staff will reach out to all affected renters and make every effort to find alternative dates to accommodate those impacted by the Executive Order.

Parks & Recreation Updates

All scheduled Parks and Recreation programs, athletics, activities, trips, and open gym times, have been suspended until further notice. 

The Splash Pad at Rassie Wicker Park will also remain closed at this time.

Village parks are available for residents to enjoy outdoor activities, provided residents comply with the requirements for social distancing and mass gatherings. Per the governor’s order, playgrounds will remain closed during Phase 2.

Facility Closures - the following facilities will reopen to the public on June 15, 2020:

  • Village Hall/Assembly Hall
  • Fire Department 91
  • Fire Department 92
  • Police Department
  • Public Services
  • Cannon Park Community Center

Playground Closures:

  • Camelot Playground
  • Playground at Rassie Wicker Park
  • The Splash Pad

Planning & Inspections Procedures During COVID-19 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and out of concern for the safety and health of our staff and customers, we have changed the procedures for interacting with our Planning & Inspections staff:

  • The most efficient way to apply for permits is via our Online Permit Center.
  • We will not accept walk-in customers. Appointments with staff are available if made 24 hours in advance. Find staff contact information by using our online staff directory.
  • If you prefer to drop off hard copies of applications and supporting materials, they must be placed in a drop box located in the Village Hall lobby vestibule. The documents will be quarantined for a minimum of 24 hours before processing by staff.
  • Instructions for accessing the drop box: To have the Village Hall lobby vestibule unlocked during business hours, call the front desk staff at 910-295-1900, option 0. Once inside, place your materials in the drop box. Permit applications and plan sets must be folded to fit into the drop box. Do not place rolled plan sets in the drop box. Alternatively, use a jump drive or email plans to the appropriate staff member.
  • Cash payments will not be accepted. Payments can be made by credit card (call the front desk at 910-295-1900, option 0) or by a check mailed to us (395 Magnolia Road, Pinehurst, 28374) or left in the dropbox with your materials.
  • Permit documents will be mailed or emailed back to the applicants once the permit is issued. For anything that requires a signature, an appointment must be made.

If you would like to speak with a building inspector or a member of our planning staff, please call or email them directly to schedule an appointment, using the contact information below:

  • Jamie Reed | jreed@vopnc.org | 910.295.8661 (Residential permits and zoning questions)
  • Scott Thomas | sthomas@vopnc.org | 910.295-8663 (Building inspections)
  • Jeff Stout | jstout@vopnc.org | 910.295.8666 (Building inspections)
  • Peter Hughes | phughes@vopnc.org | 910-295-8659 (Historic Certificates of Occupancy and Floodplain Development)
  • Alex Cameron | acameron@vopnc.org | 910-295-8664 (Commercial Development, Subdivisions, etc.)

Interior Building Inspection Changes in Response to COVID-19

Effective Monday, April 13, 2020, Village of Pinehurst building inspectors will discontinue in-person interior building inspections for occupied commercial and residential properties until further notice.  This includes mechanical, hot water heater change outs, and any other inspections that require building inspectors to enter the property. These changes are being made in response to the COVID-19 pandemic in order to protect the health of Village staff and public and are consistent with guidance provided by the NC Department of Insurance on the use of Live Remote Inspections.

Building inspections are still required and can be accomplished remotely via live FaceTime, photos, and paper documentation scanned and emailed to Village staff.  Any requests for interior building inspections for occupied properties should be submitted through the Village’s Online Permit Center or using the contact information below.  You will be contacted by an Inspector if more information is needed and/or to establish a time to perform the remote inspection. 

All new construction building inspections will continue to be completed in-person and as scheduled through the Inspection Hotline or Online Permit Center.  The Village of Pinehurst requests, however, that no other persons be on site during these inspections. 

PLEASE NOTE:  Some types of inspections may not be able to be completed by remote inspection, based on assessment of the video call by your inspector.  If this happens, the inspector may ask for further documentation from you attesting compliance.  

Online Permit Center: https://aca3.accela.com/pinehurst
Building Inspection Hotline: 910-295-3192
Chief Building Official: Scott Thomas

Office:

910-295-8666

Mobile:

910-639-5059
   

Thanks in advance for your cooperation as we navigate through these extraordinary times while trying to maintain the best possible customer service. 

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