Appearance Commission

Appearance Committee meetings

are held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at:

New Bern Fire Rescue

Headquarters Station

1401 Neuse Blvd.

beginning at 5:30 pm.

The public is invited to attend.

          About the Appearance Commission

The New Bern Appearance Commission is an eight-member advisory board that is appointed by the Board of Aldermen, with each of the six wards represented, plus two at-large members.  This commission serves as the City of New Bern’s tree advisory board and plays an important part in securing our yearly Tree City USA Growth Award.  The Appearance Commission gives information and recommendations in relation to public tree plantings and other beautification efforts.

Some of the tree planting projects the Board has been involved with include:  the median tree planting on Martin Luther King Boulevard, tree plantings on Spencer Avenue, Greater Duffyfield, Cedar Grove Cemetery, the Riverside Community, and most recently the replanting of the First Street Entrance corridor.

The Appearance Commission also administers the annual Golden Bear Awards for excellence in landscaping, appearance and beautification for both residential and non-residential categories.  The judging of the properties concludes in late June with the winning property owners formally recognized by the Board of Aldermen in July with the awards presented by the Mayor.

The New Bern Appearance Commission meets the second Wednesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. at the Fire and Rescue Headquarters at 1401 Neuse Blvd.  All are welcome to attend.  Messages for the Appearance Commission may  be left with Trent Jarman at 252-639-2931.

2013 Golden Bear Award Winners

Click below for this year's winner list

Beautification Award Nomination Form



Ward 1 Yasmin Santiago
Ward 2 Jeff Moore
Ward 3 Norma Judd
Ward 4 Robert Boyd
Ward 5 Trent Jarman
Ward 6 Tammy McAfee

Ward 6 At-Large

Jimsey Keith
At Large Open
Consultant Jennifer Knight
Consultant Len Long


Appearance Commission

Tree Planting Guide

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Please check back at a later date.

If you need immediate assistance, please call:  252-639-2901

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City of New Bern
PO Box 1129
New Bern, NC 28563-1129
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