Changes to the Special Use Permit do not pass at the June 2nd Hearing
In October of 2011 the New Hanover County Commissioners, backed by the support of hundreds of citizens approved the Special Use Permit (SUP) to the Zoning Ordinance for the I-1 and I-2 industrial zones. Revisions had not been made to New Hanover County’s Zoning Ordinance since 1969, before the Clean Air and Water Acts were even established. The SUP is an important tool used in careful planning and development of communities, allowing for a local review process for proposals for heavy industry and other operations that could potentially have negative impacts to the surrounding areas.
In November of 2013 the County proposed to revise the Zoning Ordinance, specifically targeting the SUP. Suggested changes in the language of the SUP could significantly weaken the strength of the permitting process and create loopholes that would alter the original intent of the SUP. In March the Planning Board voted to recommend to the Commissioners that the revisions be made.
The New Hanover County Commissioners considered changes to the SUP at a public hearing on June 2, 2014. Public comments were made to the Commissioners and a packed house that both supported and opposed the amendments, but the overwhelming majority of attendees were not in favor of the changes. After consideration of both sides, Commissioners Beth Dawson and Jonathan Barfield voted against the amendments, recommending to redirect the County's focus to the completion of the Comprehensive Plan and to use the Plan as a guideline for any future revisions.
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
There IS strength in numbers! A sincere thank you for the many ways you showed your support, whether you:
- Submitted comments to County officials
- Called, emailed or met with your Commissioners
- Attended New Hanover County Planning Board and Commissioners Public Hearings
- Recruited citizens to engage in community outreach
- Participated in phone banking
- Voiced your opinion at the Public Hearings
- Continue to share your conviction to inform and educate others on how to protect our air, water, economy and public health
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