Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Pender County brings its code online, updates for the first time since the 90s

Pender County's clerk has spent the last two years combing through hundreds of agendas. Now, the code has been "cleaned up" and brought online.

Pender County has updated its municipal code for the first time since the 90s. (Port City Daily photo/MICHAEL PRAATS)
Pender County has updated its municipal code for the first time since the 90s. (Port City Daily photo/MICHAEL PRAATS)

PENDER COUNTY—Residents of Pender County can now search its code online.

In a project that took the county’s clerk over two years to complete, Pender’s code has been combed through and reorganized. 

“We cleaned it up,” Melissa Long, Pender County’s clerk said. “It had been 20 years since anything had been done it.”

Long was tasked with untangling hundreds of county agendas over the past 20 years; two meetings, once a month.

“I went through all the old agendas between the old update and the present,” Long said. “The last time the code was updated was actually in the 90s.” Long said.

Though the code has been “cleaned up,” Long said the law hasn’t changed.

“Recodifying the ordinance does not change the law,” Long said. “We took out the ordinances that had been appealed.” 

During the project, Long said she did not stumble upon any “blue laws,” which ban certain activities on Sunday.

The new municipal code includes “modernized language” and “makes it relevant in 2018.” 

Now, most of the previous policy has been added to Pender County’s Unified Development Ordinance (UDO). Long said adding the code to the UDO was to increase transparency and ease in the growing county.

Pender County’s updated code can now be accessed online here.


Johanna Ferebee can be reached at johanna@localvoicemedia.com or @j__ferebee on Twitter

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