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Development Services


Jeff Ruggieri
Director of Development Services


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About Us 
Welcome to the City of New Bern's Department of Development Services. Our offices are located at 303 First Street.  Our primary focus is providing assistance to the community in developing plans, ordinances, implementing projects, and administering codes that produce orderly growth while maintaining community character and New Bern’s small town charm.

* NEW The City of New Bern has suspended the sale of City owned properties as of 01/09/18

Check out our Surplus City of New Bern Property website.

Citizen volunteers are important to this Department’s mission. Our staff provides support to four citizen boards, Planning and Zoning Board, Board of Adjustment, Historic Preservation Commission, and the Greater Duffyfield Residents Council. If you are interested in volunteering or have questions and comments, please contact Development Services.

Contact Us
303 First Street, PO Box 1129
New Bern, NC 28563
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Click here to contact Development Services today,
or call us at (252)639-7581
Planning Fax: (252) 636-2461
Inspections Fax: (252) 635-4973

Jeff Ruggieri, AICP
Director of Development Services
(252) 639-7587

Administrative Assistant
(252) 639-7581

Bradleigh Sceviour
Planner II
Interim Land & Community Dev. Administrator
(252) 639-7582

Morgan Potts, AICP, CFM, NCLID
City Planner
(252) 639-7583
Kim Maxey
MPO Administrator
(252) 639-7592
Alice Wilson
GIS Manager
(252) 639-7588
Community & Economic Development  
Amanda Ohlensehlen
Community & Economic Development Manager
(252) 639-7580

Landa Gaskins
Community Development Coordinator
(252) 639-7586

Matt Boswell
Chief Building Inspector
(252) 639-2945

Janey Anderson
Office Assistant & Permits
(252) 639-2942

Patrick Ezel
Building Inspector I
(252) 639-2943

Emmit Giddings
Building Inspector II
(252) 639-2948

Jeff Holzbach
Building Inspector II
(252) 639-2951

Nancy Johnston
Nuisance Abatement Officer
(252) 639-2944

Nancy Riegelsperger
Minimum Housing/Residential Inspector
(252) 639-2947
 David Spruill
Building Inspector I
(252) 639-7589