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New Hanover County to hold public workshop for Future Street Plan

NEW HANOVER CTY - New Hanover County, in coordination with the Wilmington Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (WMPO), is developing a Future Street Plan for northeastern New Hanover County. A public workshop will be held at the Northeast Public Library on Tuesday, April 25 for residents to drop in between 4 and 7 p.m. to learn more about the planning process. The plan will serve as a framework for a future street system in the northeastern area of the county, bound by Holly Shelter Road and the county line to the north, I-40 to the west, US 17/US 17 Business (Market Street) to the east, and Gordon Road to the south. A map of the study area can be viewed below.
During the drop-in public workshop, county staff and a transportation consulting firm will provide information about the project. Residents and property owners will be able to give input on their priorities for the future street network in the study area.
“Public participation is an important part of this process because it will help develop a thorough plan and guiding document as this area develops,” said Chris O’Keefe, New Hanover County Planning and Land Use director. “With the county’s continued growth, careful planning like this is needed to ensure residents have more efficient access to the goods and services they need, now and in the future.”
The county is working with experts from a transportation consulting firm to study how well the existing transportation system performs and to develop street design guidelines that incorporate multiple modes of transportation and surrounding land uses. The plan will consider the impacts of the street network on public health, traffic safety, emergency management, and access to development. The planning process is expected to conclude by Fall 2017.