Laura Padgett

City of Wilmington

Laura Padgett is poised to leave behind more than 20 years of public service.  She was first elected to Council in 1993. After five terms, she has decided against seeking a sixth and will step down at the end of the year.

City of Wilmington

Laura Padgett has served on the Wilmington City Council for over twenty years.  But Padgett, the longest-serving member of the council, will not seek a sixth term. 

Laura Padgett was first elected to the Wilmington City Council in 1993.  During her tenure, she focused largely on historic preservation and transportation issues.  And in 2006, Padgett was instrumental in the passing of the Parks & Green Space Bond.  In addition to her role on the council, she serves on the Metropolitan Planning Organization and Wave Transit Board.

This broadcast of CoastLine originally aired on December 3, 2014.

As the populations of Brunswick, Pender, and New Hanover Counties continue to swell, accommodating the movement of people and goods requires much more creativity and innovation than just widening roads or building more of them.  

In this edition of CoastLine, we explore how some transportation policy makers envision the future… and how the funding game is changingat both the state and federal levels.

City of Wilmington

At the most recent meeting, Wilmington City Council reviewed three downtown houses in violation of the minimum housing code. That's the first set of homes to come before the council since changes were made last summer to speed up the process of addressing dilapidated buildings.

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Governor Pat McCrory recently unveiled his new transportation plan.  As it stands, southeastern North Carolina is not slated to receive funding for rail improvements.  

With the wood pellet industry and Vertex Rail coming to Wilmington, train traffic will increase substantially over the next few years. Yet the state is currently not providing funding to help ease the strain of such a rise in activity or address safety conflicts with vehicular traffic.

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Brunswick County is likely to see the largest population surge in southeastern North Carolina over the next several decades. 

In preparation for this growth, policy makers from the Wilmington Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, the regional transportation planning agency with representatives from New Hanover, Brunswick, and Pender Counties, are developing a modernized transportation plan to address congestion and what they're calling "enticing" options for the next generation of commuters.

Amtrak Bus Service to Begin in Wilmington

Aug 8, 2012

Beginning this fall, Amtrak passengers will be bussed between Wilmington and the Wilson train station outside of Raleigh.  However, as WHQR’s Andrew Jarachovic reports, city Councilwoman Laura Padgett is pushing for the train carrier to provide more than just a curbside stop.