New Hanover County Planning Board

Industrial businesses looking to call New Hanover County home may soon be required to hold public meetings as part of the special use permit -- or SUP – process. And the SUP is what they need to launch or expand operations. This is one among several changes that the county planning board unanimously recommended at last night’s public hearing on the most recent SUP draft—an update of a version that was tabled in January. And community stakeholders on both sides of the issue—business leaders and environmental advocates—say this new draft presents a compromise they can live with.

The latest draft of New Hanover County’s special use permit—which is what industrial companies need to launch or expand operations—is back on the drawing board. After the planning department brought the controversial ordinance before the county planning board last week, board members voted four to two to table the discussion for 30 days. Now, the planning department is counting on the public to inform its next version.

NHC to Host Public Hearing on Special Use Permits

Jan 8, 2014

Tonight, New Hanover County’s planning department is holding a public hearing about some newly-proposed changes to the special use permit. 

At a November work session, the planning department offered a draft that would require applicants to address their long-range impact on the community and environment.  

The latest changes are meant to clarify requirements, but some are saying the new language also stands to modify them.