Development

Gordon Road development project seeking permission to boost capacity with 17 more units

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NEW HANOVER COUNTY—Developers behind the Landing at Lewis Creek, an 85-acre development project on Gordon Road, will ask the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners to modify an existing special use permit (SUP) to allow the project to add 17 single-family dwellings to its site plan.  The Landing originally secured an SUP in 2017, which […]

Planning board docket: Three projects in the works in New Hanover County

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NEW HANOVER COUNTY — New Hanover County Planning Board met last week to review three rezoning requests and a special use permit request. One rezoning and SUP request are part of the same proposed project: building a lawn care business and on-site contracting services along Piner Road. Related: Why is Carolina Beach contemplating a ‘floating […]

Why is Carolina Beach contemplating a ‘floating structures’ ban?

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CAROLINA BEACH—On a summer day earlier in the year, a white home with a red roof appeared in a Carolina Beach marina. It sat on a barge in the water, secured in a slip, in front of homes in the Oceana subdivision. As it obstructed the waterfront view of homeowners, it immediately stirred controversy and […]
In 2017, New Hanover County reclassified 11 heavy industrial uses as light industry, placing them in a zoning district with looser regulations. Those industries included cement plants, like that now-abandoned Titan plant. (Port City Daily photo / Benjamin Schachtman)

Warning of the next Chemours, environmental groups rally for industrial code update three years after rule change

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NEW HANOVER COUNTY — A host of environmental and civic groups is asking the county to revisit its industrial use rules, which currently lack the requirement that applicants hold community information meetings before earning approval to carry out their light manufacturing plans. There’s a loaded history behind the request. Between 2015-2017, more than a dozen […]

City introduces first-ever incentive for workforce housing, closes mixed-use loophole

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WILMINGTON — Wilmington City Council voted 5-2 to introduce new requirements to its Commercial District Mixed Use (CDMU) development option in an effort to close an 18-year-old loophole. In doing so, the city passed its first-ever affordable housing incentive. Related: Developers latch onto 18-year-old loophole, city aims to close it CDMUs now must include a […]

Riverlights looks to increase max units by 20%, add new commercial portion

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WILMINGTON — Riverlights, a decade-long development project, is seeking approval to rezone a tract of its land in order to create a “mixed-use node” on the southern end of the 1,359-acre property. Bordering the coast of the Cape Fear River in the southwestern area of Wilmington, the property was annexed into the City of Wilmington […]

Developers latch onto 18-year-old loophole, city aims to close it

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WILMINGTON — For nearly two decades, a mixed-use development loophole in Wilmington sat undiscovered in the city’s Land Development Code. A few years ago, a developer realized the oversight and latched onto it. They told their friends, and eventually, more developers submitted applications that couldn’t be denied. Soon enough, city staff noticed the pattern. No […]

Deep dive: Rezonings, conditional rezonings, and special use permits, what’s the difference?

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WILMINGTON — In Wilmington and New Hanover County, residents often hear about things like rezonings, conditional use zonings, and special use permits. But understanding what each one of these zoning ordinances actually does and how developers and property owners (or even a local government) can use them can be confusing. Development is a fact of […]