Print
More News

Chamber Says Recent Efforts Led To Draft Land Use Map Revisions

By Cece Nunn, posted Apr 24, 2015

The Wilmington Chamber of Commerce found success in its efforts to prompt changes to New Hanover County's draft land use map, the chamber announced Friday.

“Dedicated work had gone into creating the draft future land use map, but there were some concerns when the Chamber hosted a presentation by county staff. In particular, the guidelines for allowable density and height in new development were too restrictive. If followed, those guidelines wouldn't have allowed several projects that have been built recently in the city,” said an economic development update emailed Friday by Connie Majure-Rhett, president and CEO of the chamber.

County staff revised the map after the chamber organized meetings with panels of experts in the development field, stakeholders, Business Alliance for a Sound Economy and the staff to talk about concerns, the update stated.

The revisions addressed place types that the draft land use map uses to characterize potentially desired development in various areas. If adopted, the land use map could serve as one of the documents that guide a planned revamping of zoning ordinances, though the place types are not official zoning designations, county planners have explained in community presentations.

“In the 'Commerce Zone' designation, allowable [building] stories were increased from 1-3 to 1-10. In the 'Employment Center' designation, allowable stories were increased from 1-4 to 1-10. Allowable density was increased in these and other zones as well,” the update said of the revisions.

The chamber was pleased with the revisions, according to the update, and commended the county's planning staff for taking the time to meet with business leaders and being open to adjustments.

“These changes will allow similar types of development that are already occuring in Wilmington and will help endure that future development projects are economically feasible,” the chamber's email said.

The draft land use map is part of the county's Plan NHC initiative, and the public can still offer feedback by calling county long range planner Jennifer Rigby at 798-7237 or emailing her at [email protected].

Ico insights

INSIGHTS

SPONSORS' CONTENT
Chris coudriet

Lower Taxes, Expanded Service – A Budget Committed to Helping New Hanover County Move Forward

Chris Coudriet - New Hanover County Government
Cfss headshots parker robert webversion 21422121214

Can an HOA Deny Solar Panels?

Robert Parker - Cape Fear Solar Systems
Picture1 12522112034

Commercial Roof Spring Cleaning Checklist

Jeanette Omdalen - Highland Roofing Company

Trending News

Total Wine & More Comes To Wilmington, Official Grand Opening Thursday

Johanna F. Still - Jun 27, 2022

McKinley Building Announces Leadership Changes

Staff Reports - Jun 28, 2022

Terry Named CFCC's Vice President Of Student Services

Staff Reports - Jun 28, 2022

Bald Head Island Lands New Vivian Howard Meal-stocked Refrigerator

Jenny Callison - Jun 29, 2022

With First Building Fully Leased, Second Phase Of Industrial Project Commences

Staff Reports - Jun 28, 2022

In The Current Issue

Film Focus: Driving The Film Industry

Camera Car Service supplies a mobile platform for lighting and camera equipment to create plate and driving shoots for film productions....


Ibarras Create Mexican Food Empire

Opening a restaurant is risky. It’s even more so if you are an immigrant who speaks little English. These are just two of the obstacles Manu...


Info Junkie: Hunter Ingram

Hunter Ingram, assistant museum director of the Burgwin-Wright House and Gardens, shares his top info and tech picks....

Book On Business

The 2022 WilmingtonBiz: Book on Business is an annual publication showcasing the Wilmington region as a center of business.

Order Your Copy Today!


Galleries

Videos

Trying to Grow a Business?
2020 Health Care Heroes
2020 WilmingtonBiz 100