Technical Review Committee (TRC)

The Sanford/Lee County/Broadway Technical Review Committee (TRC) is a monthly staff meeting to review commercial projects and major subdivisions for compliance with the codes and policies of various local departments. Projects representatives and staff provide a technical review of each project on the agenda. This information is being provided for TRC members to download and as a courtesy for the public and development community since this meeting is not open to the general public. Staff makes no guarantee that the projects submitted for review will be developed.

GENERAL  RULE:  Most  industrial  and  commercial  new  construction  and  expansion  projects,  as  well  as  all  major subdivisions, must be reviewed by the Sanford / Lee County / Broadway (TRC).  Applications for variances and special use permits must also be reviewed by the TRC prior to placement on the appropriate jurisdiction’s Board(s).

SUBMITTAL  INFORMATION:  The  TRC  Submittal  Application  packet  is  available  on  the  City of  Sanford’s  website ( in the Planning & Community Development section, or at the Dept. of Community Development office on the 1st floor of the Historic Buggy Company Building located at 115 Chatham Street in Sanford, North Carolina. Please submit all required information to the Chatham Street office and note that incomplete submittals will not be accepted or reviewed.

DEADLINE DATE / TIME:  The application deadline is the 1st  of each month at 12:00PM.  If the 1st falls on a holiday or weekend, the application is due at 12:00PM on the business day prior to the deadline.  

MEETING DATE / TIME:  The TRC meeting is typically held on the last Thursday of each month, beginning at 9:00AM. Each project may be assigned a specific review time, dependent on volume of applications.  Each month’s TRC agenda will be made available to all applicants a few business days after the submittal deadline.  TRC meetings are held virtually through OfficeSuite HD Meeting software, and all applicants shall receive an invitation and login information via email.

MEETING  ATTENDANCE:  A  project  representative  should  be  in  attendance  at  the meeting to take notes regarding any and all required revisions, as well as to answer questions from TRC members.   If a project representative cannot be present, he/she must provide notice to Community Development staff prior to the TRC meeting date.

REVIEW COMMENTS:  Comprehensive review comments shall be provided to project representatives in written form approximately 30 days after the TRC meeting date.
RESUBMITTALS:  Site plans must be revised based upon TRC comments provided to the project representative  and  resubmitted  to  ensure  all  comments  were  satisfactorily addressed, along  with  a  response  letter  in  which  all  comments  are  responded  to  or acknowledged in some way.  Resubmittals are accepted electronically at any time, but will be distributed among TRC members on the 1st  and 15th  of every month for review.

TRC  APPROVAL:  Upon  receiving  TRC  approval,  the  applicant/project  representative shall provide staff with one (1) full‐size physical copy of the approved site plan to retain for  
department  files.   The  applicant/project  representative  will  then  receive  further
information on the next step(s) in their project’s review and approval process.