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New Hanover County: Week in development

The New Hanover County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved three rezoning requests and a special use permit at their Monday meeting....
The preliminary master development plan for The Gardens of Southeastern North Carolina include a cafe, amphitheater, pond, walking trails, special event pavilion, and wedding chapel. (Port City Daily photo/Courtesy Pender County)

Special use permit approved for botanical garden, café, amphitheater north of Burgaw

The preliminary master development plan for The Gardens of Southeastern North Carolina includes a cafe, amphitheater, pond, walking trails, special event...

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

From special use permits to rezoning requests, the zoning process can be tricky for residents to navigate. (Port City Daily/Michael Praats)

Hampstead Marina retains special use permit, attorney questions ‘subjective’ allegation

A photo provided by Commissioner David Piepmeyer shows the view from his property of the Hampstead Marina parking lot, which he...
One of three concerns from Pender County inspections officials was erosion from vehicular and boat trailer traffic. (Port City Daily photo/Courtesy Pender County Planning Department)

Hampstead Marina faces revocation of special use permit due to erosion, complaint tied to commissioner

One of three concerns from Pender County inspections officials was erosion on the property from vehicular and boat trailer traffic. (Port...

New mixed-use development with 288 multi-family units and commercial space proposed for north Market Street

WILMINGTON --- A new mixed-use development with nearly 300 apartments and 7,466-square-feet of commercial space is being planned in northern New Hanover County. Located at...
This week the Wilmington Planning Commission will hold public hearings for the 1-million-square-foot development; two commissioners worked on the project, but won't discuss possible conflicts of interest. (Port City Daily photo | Benjamin Schachtman)

Wilmington City Council cuts Planning Commission out of city’s SUP process

WILMINGTON --- In a move that streamlines the development process, but reduces opportunities for public input, Wilmington City Council approved removing the Planning Commission...

New solar farm in the works in Pender County

PENDER COUNTY --- Three years after an application to Pender County was first submitted, Asheville-based Willard Solar, LLC has submitted a second application for...
This week the Wilmington Planning Commission will hold public hearings for the 1-million-square-foot development; two commissioners worked on the project, but won't discuss possible conflicts of interest. (Port City Daily photo | Benjamin Schachtman)

Special use permits and the role of the city’s Planning Commission

WILMINGTON --- What role will the City of Wilmington's Planning Commission play in the approval or denial of special use permits? That is the...
City Council approved changes to the city's policy regarding paid time off if the city closes due to natural disasters (Port City Daily photo / File)

Quasi-judicial, fully confusing: Understanding special-use permits in Wilmington

WILMINGTON --- When it comes to land use and development, not everything is black and white, there are often times where possible land uses...