Development

Large-scale Carolina Beach development gains momentum at latest hearing, faces town council next

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CAROLINA BEACH — The Proximity stepped closer to full approval this week. The proposed development in Carolina Beach would turn one of the final large swaths of empty land in the beach’s center business region into a mixed-use complex with more than 250 units. The Carolina Beach Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously vouched for the project […]

Pre-recession subdivision plans on Brunswick Peninsula revived by new owner

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BRUNSWICK COUNTY — There is new movement for a subdivision project on a peninsula enwrapped by the Saucepan Creek in Brunswick County. It’s located inland of the Shallotte Inlet that flows between Ocean Isle Beach and Holden Beach.  Since the 1970s, at least two corporations have had control of the roughly half-dozen acres called Village Green. […]
Brunswick County has accepted over $530,000 worth of water and sewer infrastructure. (Port City Daily photo/Johanna Ferebee)

Brunswick development nixed due to flood concerns is reapplying

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BRUNSWICK COUNTY — Developers who proposed a new subdivision last month — filled with dwellings of many types west of Bolivia in an area prone to flooding — had their proposal shot down by the Brunswick County Planning Board. It will be considered again next week with revised plans. The board voted 6-1 to deny Middle […]

Plans switch up for Masonboro Loop Road lot, proposed townhomes face opposition

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WILMINGTON — Development plans for roughly 1.9 acres of vacant land off Masonboro Loop Road are shifting from a mixed-use complex to upscale townhomes. Owners Regina and David Drury are seeking a rezoning for the property, located across the street from the Courtyard at Masonboro at 3380 and 3400 Masonboro Loop Road, to make way […]

Regional parks to receive almost $1M in grants from state trust fund

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SOUTHEASTERN N.C. — The N.C. Parks and Recreation Trust Fund (PARTF) provided over $5 million in grants to state parks, Gov. Roy Cooper announced last week. Of the 14 parks and recreation projects awarded the money, two are located in the Cape Fear region — in Brunswick and Pender counties. “The local parks and recreation projects […]

Wrightsville Yacht Club proposes deck expansion, unrelated to floating club

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CORRECTION: The Wrightsville Yacht Club application is not related to the forthcoming Commodore Club, which has already been approved by town leaders. The club’s current application to be heard by the planning board Tuesday concerns a pool deck expansion, dockmaster Sam Clery told Port City Daily Monday. Port City Daily apologizes for this error. WRIGHTSVILLE […]
Brunswick County has accepted over $530,000 worth of water and sewer infrastructure. (Port City Daily photo/Johanna Ferebee)

4 new rezoning requests being pursued in Brunswick County

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BRUNSWICK COUNTY –– There are four rezoning requests in the pipeline expected to soon be considered by the Brunswick County planning board. The board is the county’s regulatory body charged with reviewing incoming developments and ruling on attempts to rezone land — and the board has been flush with activity recently.  Meetings this year routinely draw […]

Plans to transform Starway Flea Market into workforce housing move forward

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WILMINGTON –– Starway Flea Market was officially rezoned Tuesday night to pave the way for an incoming 278-unit workforce housing development. The land was rezoned from commercial to MD-17, a new residential zoning in the rewritten land development code, which goes into effect Dec. 1. The change in zoning is not effective until that date. […]

One tree or two? Dispute over razed oak highlights need for objective county arborist, tree experts say

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NEW HANOVER COUNTY –– What seems like a philosophical question recently had real-life ramifications when local ordinances were applied: If a tree has multiple trunks that separate at ground level, is it one tree, or are they each their own organism? A razed live oak in Ogden split developers and local tree experts in a […]

County approves incentives for unnamed financial technology company, city to vote next

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NEW HANOVER COUNTY — The New Hanover County Board of Commissioners approved a six-figure incentive agreement for an unnamed software company at its regular meeting Monday morning.  The performance-based package includes up to $120,000 in grants paid to the unknown company in five annual installments of up to $24,000. Public documents refer to the company […]