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Town announces new Police Chief 

Formal appointment at May Board meeting

The Town of Biltmore Forest is pleased to announce the selection of T.J. Bates as its new Police Chief. Bates has served as the Assistant Police Chief for the Town of Granite Falls, N.C. for the past 12 years and has served in law enforcement for a total of 21 years. Bates is a graduate of Methodist University with a Master’s degree in Justice Administration and obtained his Bachelor’s degree from Lees-McRae College. The Board of Commissioners will officially appoint Bates at their regular meeting on Tuesday, May 9th.

Bates replaces outgoing Chief J. Eric Tinsley, who has served the Biltmore Forest Police Department for 27  years, rising through the ranks as a patrol officer to sergeant, then lieutenant, and finally, in 2006, becoming the Chief of Police. 

Bates takes the reins as Police Chief on June 1st, and listed his first priority as getting to know the Department members, residents, and new community. “I am proud to follow in the steps that Chief Tinsley has set forth and hope to continue building upon the relationships the Police Department has with the Biltmore Forest community”, Bates said. He is eager to meet citizens and community members, and wants to continue the outstanding community partnership between the Town and its citizens. There will be an introductory meeting session with Chief Bates for citizens interested in attending. This will be held at the Town Hall on Wednesday, July 12th from 10:00am-11:00am and Tuesday, July 25th from 5:00pm-6:00pm.

New Police Chief T.J. Bates


Posted by Jonathan Kanipe Friday, May 5, 2017 8:34:00 PM

Public Hearing regarding Potential Change to Town Form of Government 

Hearing Set for Tuesday, May 9th

The Board of Commissioners invites citizens to a public hearing at the next regular Board meeting on Tuesday, May 9th, to receive feedback regarding a potential charter amendment. The proposed charter amendment would result in the Town's form of government being changed from a Mayor-Council form to a Council-Manager form of government.

At their April meeting, the Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution of intent to consider an ordinance amending the charter of the Town in order to adopt the council-manager form of government and setting the date of the public hearing. 

Public Notice

Draft of Approved Resolution

Posted by Jonathan Kanipe Wednesday, April 19, 2017 4:30:00 PM

Update on Invasive Species Removal 

Project Continues to Brooklawn Pond Area

The Town is continuing the invasive species removal process throughout the Town. The area along Park Road and Vanderbilt Road, south of Rosebank Park, has been cleared and additional debris and fallen logs will be removed in the coming months.

The landscaping firm, Wilde Acre, will continue working in the Brooklawn Pond area in the coming weeks to clean up and remove invasive species from these woods. The Town is working to remove invasive species, clean this area, and improve the health and safety for residents. Please contact the Town Hall with any additional questions.

Posted by Jonathan Kanipe Thursday, April 13, 2017 2:32:00 PM

Revisions to Animal Control Ordinance 

Ordinance Effective April 12, 2017

At their regular April meeting, the Town Board of Commissioners unanimously adopted revisions to the animal control ordinance. The full text of the ordinance can be found by clicking the link below.

The ordinance includes enhanced definitions of household pets and an increase in the limit of total household pets on a property from 3 to 6. The revised ordinance does specify that only three dogs may be allowed on a property, and the existing registration requirements for dogs still apply. Additional clarifications  were made related to animals commonly referred to as farm animals, and a new section prohibiting the keeping of designated wild animals was added.

Amended Animal Control Ordinance


Posted by Jonathan Kanipe Thursday, April 13, 2017 2:02:00 PM

Town to Begin Invasive Plant Removal 

Project Slated for Parks throughout the Town

Beginning next week, the Town of Biltmore Forest will be undertaking a project to remove invasive plant material from town parks and properties. The bulk of this project will take place along Park and Vanderbilt Roads (southwest of Rosebank Park), along Vanderbilt Road near Arboretum Road, and along Hemlock Road. 

The purpose of this project is to remove invasive species, under growth, and underbrush that is clogging and choking out the forest. This material, much of which is invasive, prevents the native and natural plants from growing and thriving in our forest environment. Additionally, the invasive species often climb trees and can prevent them from thriving as they should. 

The Town has contracted this work with Wilde Acre Landscaping, a local contractor, and has reviewed the native species, streams, and wildflowers in the areas of work. All care will be taken to ensure that native species and streams are protected during this beautification and preservation project.

Anyone with questions regarding this project, or invasive species removal in general, is encouraged to contact the Town Hall at (828) 274-0824.

Posted by Jonathan Kanipe Friday, March 3, 2017 10:55:00 AM

Chief of Police Search Information 

Applications Due Friday, March 24th

Chief Eric Tinsley, who has served the Town of Biltmore Forest for 27 years, will retire on June 1st. The Town is in the process of searching for his replacement and encourages all interested applicants to review the requirements and information for the position. 

Application Information

Posted by Jonathan Kanipe Wednesday, February 22, 2017 11:03:00 AM

Online Payments Now Accepted! 

The Town of Biltmore Forest has partnered with Official Payments to provide access to online credit/debit card and echeck payment options. You may now pay  utility bills, tax bills, permit fees, or any other Town fees directly from the Official Payments website.

Make a Payment
From the link above, select the type of payment you wish to make. Then in the tab options select Local Payments. In the various drop down menus, select the following:
North Carolina --> Biltmore Forest --> and then Payment Type.

There is a small transaction fee associated with the online payment. If you have any questions about online payments, please call the Town Hall at (828) 274-0824 or follow the help guide from the Official Payments link.

Posted by Jonathan Kanipe Thursday, January 5, 2017 4:05:00 PM

Political Sign Ordinance 

Election held November 8th

With the election nearing its conclusion, please find a copy of the Town's ordinances regarding political signage. We encourage anyone with questions to contact the Town Hall or Police Department for further information.

Town Political Sign Ordinance

Posted by Jonathan Kanipe Tuesday, October 18, 2016 9:50:00 AM

Biltmore Forest Fire Insurance Rating Improves 

Jump from a Class 3 from Class 4 should result in homeowner's insurance reductions

The Town received great news from the NC Department of Insurance today, as we were informed that Skyland Fire Department's insurance rating for the Town improved from a Class 4 to a Class 3. Skyland Fire Department does a great job serving the Town, and we thank Chief Dennis Presley and his entire Department for their work.

The attached two items are press releases from the North Carolina Insurance Commissioner and the Office of the State Fire Marshall.

The third item is a letter from Skyland Fire Department that you can provide your insurance carrier in regards to the change in classification.

Press Release from Wayne Goodwin, Commissioner of Insurance

Statement from the Office of the State Fire Marshall

Letter from Skyland Fire Department in regards to Classification Change

Posted by Jonathan Kanipe Monday, August 29, 2016 4:23:00 PM

September Board of Adjustment Meeting 

Rescheduled for September 12th at 4pm

The September Board of Adjustment meeting has been rescheduled for Monday, September 12th. The deadline for applications for this meeting is Monday, August 29th.

Posted by Helen Stephens Thursday, August 18, 2016 8:10:00 AM
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