Special Use Permit

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Economic development is the way municipalities, counties, states, and nations improve the quality of life for its citizens. Economic growth is one element and can be a metric for measuring that. In pursuit that growth, communities often lay out a blueprint – a vision – that details how they would like to see that growth unfold. New Hanover County, in service of defining its vision, has been working on a revision of its Special Use Permit, a gatekeeper, essentially, that allows county...

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This broadcast of CoastLine originally aired on November 19, 2014. The Special Use Permit is only about three years old in New Hanover County. Since its creation in 2011, it’s served as a gatekeeper – giving local officials the final say over whether an industry can set up shop within the County. But the County recently paid nearly 100-hundred thousand dollars for an economic development study entitled Pathways to Prosperity: New Hanover County’s Plan for Jobs and Investment. Also known as...

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Local government representatives are joining with environmental advocates and business leaders to create an alternative to a controversial recommendation from the Garner economic development report. Instead of doing away with the special use permit process, they hope to cut the red tape for some industries. Obtaining a special use permit—or SUP—is often the first step in starting a new business—and bringing jobs to the area. New Hanover County currently has one SUP process for all companies....

New Hanover County could finally adopt a less stringent special use permit—or SUP—which is what industrial businesses need in order to operate. Tonight, after several months and multiple drafts, the county planning department is bringing its final version—which was unanimously approved by the planning board--before the county commission. But before they vote on it, citizens will be granted a public comment period. And, both champions and opponents of the new draft are anticipating big crowds...

The New Hanover County planning department has a month to revise the most recent draft of the special use permit--or SUP--which is what new industrial companies need to operate. Last week’s presentation of the SUP to the planning board sparked controversy among local environmental advocates, pro-business groups and members of the public--many of whom claimed they didn’t have adequate time to consider the new draft. Last week the county asked for public comments on the SUP. And Hal Kitchin,...

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