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New Hanover County Commissioner Chairman  Jonathan Barfield Jr.  Photo Courtesy of New Hanover County
New Hanover County Commissioner Chairman Jonathan Barfield Jr.
Photo Courtesy of New Hanover County

County Commissioners will hold a public hearing Monday as planning commission representatives present the third chapter of Plan NHC, the county’s comprehensive development plan, to county commissioners. Serving as a basic playbook for future development of the county, chapter three will be “a culmination of the broad and aspirational goals of New Hanover County, and the potential implementation strategies to achieve these goals,” according to County Manager Chris Coudriet.

Among these strategies are: promoting environmentally responsible and fiscally responsible growth, increase recycling and reduction of solid waste, integrate multi-modes of transportation into mixed land uses that encourage safe, walkable communities, and supporting local business success.

According to county officials, New Hanover County was one of ten communities 
selected by the American Planning Association as a pilot community to create comprehensive development plan standards for sustaining communities. By maintaining a transparent process with public engagement by as many New Hanover County citizens as possible, county planning commission was able to use best management practices from across the county to create  these goals and implementation strategies.

County officials believe these will assist in development for the next 25 years, and should be used as a guide for the development of the 2015 Comprehensive Land Use Plan for New Hanover County.

After the public hearing, county commissioners will vote on a resolution to adopt the chapter into Plan NHC. You can find more information on Plan NHC on the county website here.

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County Commissioners will meet at 4 p.m. Monday at Andre’ Mallette Training Center in the New Hanover County Government Center. You can find the full agenda here.

James Mieczkowski is a news reporter for Port City Daily. He can be reached at On Twitter: @mieczkowskiPCD