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Posted on: October 17, 2023

Commissioner Meeting Recap for October 16, 2023

It was a busy second meeting in October for the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners filled with important discussions regarding workforce housing, the future of development on the western bank of the Cape Fear River and much more. Take a look at these highlights below.

Honoring the dedicated staff

As with every second meeting of the month, Commissioners celebrated county employees who had reached five-year milestones in their careers with the organization. Five employees were recognized for hitting five or 10 years of employment, for a total of 35 years of service with the county. Another 14 employees were welcomed as new hires who had joined the team in the last month.

The recognitions didn’t end there, as members of the county’s Finance team were honored after recently earning a pair of awards from the Government Finance Officers Association. These awards celebrated their excellent work in budgeting and financial reporting. More information on these accolades can be found in this news release.

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Raising awareness 

Commissioners unanimously approved a trio of proclamations recognizing October as Breast Cancer, Domestic Violence and National Substance Abuse Prevention awareness months.

The impacts of these three important issues are felt on a daily basis in New Hanover County, and all residents are encouraged to learn more about resources available for health, safety and wellbeing in the community. The full proclamations can be seen here:


Continued commitment to workforce housing

Following a presentation by Planning and Land Use staff, Commissioners unanimously approved a funding allocation of approximately $3 million for this year’s installment of the Workforce Housing Services Program.

This is the second year of a five-year, $15 million commitment by the Commissioners to fund workforce housing efforts that create, maintain or improve the stock of affordable housing throughout New Hanover County. This year’s funding will go towards four projects being overseen by Blue Ridge Atlantic Development, Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity, New Beginning Church and WARM NC. More information on these endeavors and the Workforce Housing Services Program is available in this news release.

Across the river

Planning and Land Use made a presentation regarding the undeveloped western bank of the Cape Fear River across from downtown Wilmington. Comprised of nine privately owned parcels, this area has been a focal point for potential development opportunities in recent years, but a full understanding of its condition and the environmental impacts associated with development was requested by the Commissioners before moving forward with future development requests. The staff presentation can be seen here.

Commissioners unanimously approved Planning and Land Use staff to move forward with developing a suggested amendment to the Comprehensive Plan that would outline how the Western Bank is recommended to be developed to promote safe and strategic land use. That amendment would then inform an update to zoning designations and development standards for the Western Bank area. These processes would include further refinement of the initial concepts presented at the meeting and would include opportunities for public input

That’s not all … 

Commissioners also approved the 2024 Mason Inlet Maintenance Dredging Project and the associated cost assessment related to residents of Figure Eight Island and North Wrightsville Beach. This endeavor, which has taken place every five years since 2002, helps maintain the inlet and provide beach renourishment in the area. A public hearing on the assessed costs of the project, estimated at $4 million, will be held at the November 20 regular meeting.  

Additionally, Commissioners approved filling vacancies on boards or committees overseen by the county. These boards and committees offer guidance that is utilized by Commissioners during decision-making processes. To learn more about these committees and check available openings, click here.

You can view the October 16 meeting here and below. The next regular meeting of the Board of Commissioners is set for 4 p.m. on Monday, November 6.

The New Hanover County Board of Commissioners holds its regularly scheduled meetings on the first and third Monday of each month at the New Hanover County Historic Courthouse (24 North 3rd Street, Room 301), unless otherwise noted. A schedule of the 2023 meetings can be found here.

All meetings are broadcast live on NHCTV.com, New Hanover County's YouTube channel and Spectrum channel 13. For meeting agendas, minutes and exhibits, visit Commissioners.NHCgov.com.

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