This article was published today (Tuesday, July 9, 2024) in the Port City Daily.

NEW HANOVER COUNTY — Tuesday, July 9, 2024 – A month and more than 2,000 community comments later, New Hanover County planning staff are no longer recommending residential and mixed uses be permitted along the western banks of the Cape Fear River

In the updated language, staff stated “references to residential and mixed uses have been removed as they are no longer part of staff ‘s recommendation”; the plan also removed office/institutional as a use. Guidelines still cover recreational, civic/institutional and commercial use.

This Thursday, July 11, 2024, two of the planning board members will not be taking a vote on the updated amendment, according to Commissioner Rob Zapple. On July 2, the commissioner sent an email to county Chair Bill Rivenbark requesting commissioners direct staff to recommend the planning board table Thursday’s action on the western bank amendment.

Read the full article here.