Community Development


Brad L. Burton CFM, CZO                                                                                                    

Community Development Director                                                                                              

Phone: 828.625.9983, Ext.117,                                                                                                      


The Community Development department is responsible for comprehensive plan related projects and administering the various regulations in the town code relating to land use, including the subdivision regulations and zoning regulations.

The department interprets these regulations, inspects property and follows up on citizen concerns.

The department also serves as staff to the Zoning & Planning Board and the Board of Adjustment. In addition, the department is responsible for the town’s Geographic Information System (GIS) and mapping services.

Planning activities include implementing the Town of Lake Lure's  2007-2027 Comprehensive Plan  and guiding the facilitation  planning process behind the Town Center Master Plan.

Zoning administration includes issuing certificates of zoning compliance, residential vacation rental permits, and sign permits. Certificates of zoning compliance are issued for all new and enlarged structures, and changes in land use to ensure compliance with the zoning regulations. For example, most people are not aware that remodeling their home or deck requires a permit.

In addition, posting a sign within town limits may also require a permit. No matter how small the project, or if you plan to subdivide your land, it is always better to check with the Community Development Department before commencing with your project.








Mitchell Anderson

Development and Environmental Review Specialist

Phone: 828-625-9983, x 107


Mitchell grew up in Pennsylvania and is the third of four children in his family.  His family relocated to Asheboro, NC when he was a teenager and he later graduated from South Davidson High School.  Mitchell discovered that he had artistic abilities and enrolled in Asheville-Buncombe Technical  Community College (A-B Tech) in Asheville, NC, where he received an Associate’s Degree in Art. 

Mitchell went on to study at the University of North Carolina Asheville where he enjoyed studying a variety of subjects.  However, when he took an Environmental Science course, he knew he had found his calling.    He loved the curricula and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in  Environmental Studies, with a focus in Environmental Management and Policy.  He utilized his degree working with the City of Asheville, before taking on the role as a Hydroelectric Plant Operator with the Town of Lake Lure in October 2018. Mitchell was promoted to Development and Environmental Review Specialist in April of 2019 and his responsibilities include the following:

    • Administering & enforcement of  zoning and nuisance regulations
    • Assisting in drafting ordinances, resolutions & amendments
    • Handling complaints concerning land use regulations
    • Processing and approving development permit applications
    • Issuing permits for zoning compliance, sign and lake structure and reviewing plans for development proposals.
    • Conducting site-plan reviews, construction drawings & recommending revisions for compliance
    •  Issuing notices of violations, penalties, warnings & stop-work orders
    • Conducting inspections to determine compliance with land use regulations
    • Conducting research for the director related to long-range planning & development
    • Attending public meetings & preparing information for presentations
    • Providing staff support to the Board of Adjustment
    • Providing citizen assistance in interpreting zoning and other regulations, and in presenting variance appeals.