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The Community Planning Services Department manages the day-to-day and long-range growth and development of the City of Salisbury. Under the direction of the City Manager, this department coordinates projects with different City departments, citizens boards and commissions and other public and private agencies to ensure that our City remains a healthy and vibrant community with a high quality of life for its citizens.

Development and Code Services

The Development and Code Services Division provides citizens, builders and developers a centralized source of information, permitting, and licensing services through planning and zoning, permitting, inspections, and business licensing. We also enforce the codes of the City of Salisbury and improve the quality of life within our community through ensuring that our community is visually appealing, clean and safe.

Planning Services

The Planning Services Division handles everyday planning functions such as coordinating neighborhood rehabilitation and promoting historic preservation, just to name a few. We also accomplish certain long-range planning projects such as the Salisbury Bicycle Plan and the Salisbury Vision 2020 Comprehensive Plan.

Contact Us

Code Services:
Development Services:
Planning Services:

Mailing Address:

PO Box 479
Salisbury, NC 28145


132 N. Main St.
Salisbury, NC 28144

Office Hours:

8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Monday - Friday

Administration: (704) 638-5240

Planning Services Division

The Planning Services division develops long-range and special area plans to ensure that Salisbury’s citizens have more access to the things they value and administers a number of important local, state, and federal programs for homes, the environment, infrastructure, and the local economy. We strive to strengthen Salisbury’s quality of life and to ensure that our community’s current and future needs can be supported.

Our team works every day to accomplish these goals by closely tracking and responding to local and regional economic/demographic trends, by staying up-to-date on best practices in urban design and city planning, and by listening to the everyday concerns of citizens and business owners who wish to make Salisbury stronger.

Hannah Berg Jacobson


Hannah Berg Jacobson

(704) 638-5230 |

As Director, Hannah oversees the work of the Community Planning, Development Services and Code Enforcement Divisions. In addition to her supervisory roles, she also manages several economic development incentive projects including the Salisbury Paul Bruhn Grants, the Downtown Revitalization Incentives and the Kesler Mill Brownfield Cleanup.

Currently, Hannah is leading the City’s Forward 2040 Comprehensive Plan. The project is collaborating with the community to design a framework for land use, growth and improvements over the next 20 years.

She has been with the City since April, 2019. She worked with the Durham City-County Planning Department for 10 years before coming to Salisbury.

Alyssa Nelson


Alyssa Nelson

(704) 638-5235 |

Alyssa works on long-range community design and placemaking projects for the City. She manages the annual Blockwork program, Main Street Plan and Sculpture Show and is the staff liaison to the Community Appearance Commission, Dixonville Task Force and Public Art Committee.

In 2020, she was accepted as one of a select group of young designers to the Next City Vanguard Conference in Greensboro, NC. Participants in the conference provide the host city with an action plan of creative urban development solutions.

Alyssa holds a Master’s in Architecture and a Master’s in Urban Design from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Art and Education from Franklin Pierce University. She has been with the City since 2016.

Emily Vanek


Emily Vanek

(704) 638-5311

Emily’s long-range planning duties include facilitating the Municipal Service District, Innes Street Improvement and Historic Preservation grants, as well as assisting with the Forward 2040 Comprehensive Plan project. She is the staff liaison to the Historic Preservation Commission.

Emily received her Bachelor’s degree in Community and Regional Planning from Iowa State University in 2020. Prior to coming to the City in December 2020, she interned at the Iowa Department of Transportation and the City of Traverse City, MI.

In her free time, Emily enjoys glass blowing and creating stained glass pieces.

Jennifer Pfaff


Jennifer Pfaff

(704) 638-5240

Jenni provides administrative assistance, customer service and project coordination for Planning Services, as well as support for Code Services and Development Services. She serves as Secretary to the Historic Preservation Commission, Housing Advocacy Commission, and Community Appearance Commission.

A native North Carolinian, Jenni has been with the City since July 2021. Her journey to the City has included being a stay-at-home mom, owning a yarn store, and most recently, working for Rowan-Cabarrus Community College. She has a Bachelor’s in English from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

In her spare time, Jenni is an avid reader, accomplished knitter and amateur beekeeper.

Development and Code Services Division

The Development and Code Services Division provides citizens and developers with a centralized source of detailed and accurate information about planning and zoning, permitting, inspections, and business licensing. The division also enforces the codes of the City of Salisbury and works to improve our community’s quality of life by ensuring that Salisbury is visually appealing, clean, and safe.

Teresa Barringer


Teresa Barringer

(704) 638-5210 |

As Zoning Administrator, Teresa acts as the steward of the Salisbury Land Development Ordinance. She directs all development and permitting procedures for residential, commercial, special events and special uses, and defends the ordinance in any variance or appeal hearing. In addition to supervising the Development Specialist, Development & Code Services Technician, and Senior Planner, Teresa is also the staff liaison to the Planning Board, Board of Adjustment and Chair of the Technical Review Committee.

Teresa has been with the City since February, 2005. Her service in the Development Services and Salisbury-Rowan Utilities Environmental Services Divisions has provided a broad scope of the development and utility processes. She is a Certified Zoning Official and maintains certifications in Pretreatment Program Specialist Grade 1 and Collections Operator Grade 1.

Victoria Bailiff


Victoria Bailiff

(704) 638-5212 |

As Senior Planner, Victoria manages the development review process for legislative development proposals. In this capacity, she prepares ordinances and legislation for land use and zoning matters by creating maps and summaries to communicate findings. Victoria coordinates and facilitates neighborhood and community meetings regarding land use planning; assists with developing goals and objectives for neighborhood plans.

Prior to joining the City of Salisbury in April 2022, Victoria worked for the Town of Pittsboro Planning Department for 5 years, and worked for 1 year at the Winston-Salem DOT. She earned a Bachelor’s in History from North Carolina State University, and a Graduate degree in Applied Geography from University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Victoria enjoys NCSU football in her spare time.

Jessica Harper


Jessica Harper

(704) 638-5219 |

As Senior Development Services Specialist, Jessica is the primary point person for all residential zoning review, commercial minor site plan review, interior renovations, and sign plan review. She is the direct supervisor to the Development & Code Services Technician and is responsible for ensuring front office operations, supplies, and workflow. She serves as staff liaison to the Alternate Methods of Design Commission.

Jessica has been with the City in various roles since May, 2007. Her experience includes meter services and wastewater operator with Salisbury-Rowan Utilities. She is a Certified Zoning Official, and holds certifications in Grade 1 Wastewater Operator and Grade B Water Distribution Operator. Jessica earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, majoring in Industrial and Operations Management.

Jennifer Curlee


Jennifer Curlee

(704) 638-5207 |

As Development and Code Technician, Jennifer’s responsibilities include project intake, new water and sewer fees, and fielding code enforcement calls. She also ensures smooth front office operations and workflow.

Prior to joining the City in July, 2022, Jennifer worked for the Rowan County Building Inspection Department for over 9 years. A Salisbury native, she enjoys reading, attending plays at the Meroney and Lee Street Theaters, traveling, cruises, and spending time with her and her husband Scott’s family of two cats.

Michael Cotilla


Michael Cotilla

(704) 216-7574 |

Michael enforces the nuisance, minimum housing, and zoning codes of the City of Salisbury with consistency and impartiality.

He maintains a high level of customer service to the public while carrying out his daily duties, working hard to make our community clean and safe.

Michael Buchanan


Michael Buchanan

(704) 216-7572 |

Code Enforcement Officers enforce the nuisance, minimum housing, and zoning codes of the City of Salisbury with consistency and impartiality.

They maintain a high level of customer service to the public while carrying out their daily duties, working hard to make our community clean and safe.


Amy SHepherd


Amy Shepherd

(704) 216-7564 |

As Code Enforcement Officer, Amy consistently and impartially enforces the nuisance and zoning codes of the City of Salisbury. She strives to maintain a high level of customer service to the public while carrying out her daily duties, working hard to make our community clean and safe.

Amy has been with the City since April 2022. She has a wide variety of experience; working as a Zookeeper for 11 years, and a Park Ranger at NC State Park for 8.5 years. In her spare time, Amy enjoys spending time with her family and her dog, as well as antiquing.

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