New Hanover County Archive

First Drafts of New Hanover UDO Available

At their April meeting, the New Hanover Planning Board were presented with the first three DRAFT sections of the Unified Development Ordinance. These include the zoning districts, uses & standards and definitions. Links to these can be found below. Article II Zone Districts_2018-04-05 Public Release Draft Article III Uses & Standards_2018-04-05 Public Release Draft Article

MPO Guidance on Six Major Wilmington Interchanges

Recently both Wilmington City Council and the Wilmington MPO heard updates from NCDOT regarding a host of interchange projects as well as insight into the potential options for the extension of Independence Boulevard from Randall Parkway to MLK. For the intersections, six major grade separated interchanges were highlighted: MLK/Eastwood/Market MLK/Kerr MLK/College College/Oleander College/Carolina Beach Rd

New Hanover Commissioners UNANIMOUSLY Approve Special Use Permit Changes

At their meeting last night, the New Hanover County Commissioners took final action on the Special Use Permit text amendment and changes to the Table of Permitted Uses, passing them UNANIMOUSLY. Below is the joint statement from the business community coalition which requested the support of the Commissioners on this important economic development initiative. Please thank

Congressman Rouzer Speaks at BCAR

During the February Congressional recess, the Brunswick County Association of REALTORS held their annual legislative breakfast, which was facilitated by BASE and featured Congressman David Rouzer. Congressman Rouzer gave updates on a number of specific national issues including tax reform and health care reform. Having recently returned from a trip to the border in Texas,

Grayson Powell: New Hanover County Comprehensive Plan Stymies Economic Development

BY GRAYSON POWELL, BROKER, MANAGING PARTNER, COLDWELL BANKER COMMERCIAL SUN COAST I applaud the New Hanover County Commissioners for their stated focus on economic development and their commitment to bring new jobs to our community. But I am concerned that their recent actions in relation to the county’s new Comprehensive Plan do not align with these

Wilmington Chamber of Commerce partners with BASE for government affairs

WILMINGTON, N.C. – The Wilmington Chamber of Commerce has entered into a partnership with the Business Alliance for a Sound Economy (BASE) for government affairs services, BASE announced today. “Streamlining regional efforts was a key objective in the Garner Report and we are pleased to be coordinating advocacy with BASE,” said Wilmington Chamber President &

Municipal Elections Reminder

We are now gearing up for municipal elections this fall.   Since this is an odd-numbered year, the elections will feature Mayors and Town Council candidates across our region. Some candidates, such as Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo, are running unopposed. Other races like Wilmington Council, Carolina Beach Mayor and Kure Beach Mayor promise to be


Both New Hanover County and the City of Wilmington remain engaged in separate comprehensive planning initiatives, both of which will set the course for future growth and guide updates to development regulations. Thank you to those that have participated in the meetings with New Hanover County Planning and provided feedback. The Planning Board and County

Two Major Transportation Initiatives-SC 31 Extension/Highway 74 Study

Two major transportation initiatives have seen forward momentum recently—both of which will have major impact in Brunswick County. SC31: The extension of SC31 into North Carolina has been a major discussion topic at the last few regional transportation planning meetings. Both North Carolina and South Carolina are committing to spend funds to complete the environmental

Wilmington Chamber InterCity Visit to Charleston Provides Insights Into Economic Development and Preservation Practices

Wilmington, NC—37 area business leaders and elected officials have returned from a two‐day InterCity Leadership Visit to Charleston, SC, organized by the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce, with numerous takeaways on how Charleston has encouraged economic development while retaining quality of place and increasing tourism. The Wilmington Chamber organized the trip to introduce the local delegation