County Exploring Stormwater Utility For Unincorporated Areas, Stakeholder Meetings July 16th

County Exploring Stormwater Utility For Unincorporated Areas, Stakeholder Meetings July 16th

County Exploring Stormwater Utility For Unincorporated Areas, Stakeholder Meetings July 16th Featured

By / Local News / Tuesday, 02 July 2019 17:07

By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
Managing Editor

NEW HANOVER CTY - New Hanover County officials have scheduled meetings on July 16th, to hear public input on the creation of a new Stormwater Utility to managed drainage areas in the unincorporated areas of the County outside of municipal limits.

According to a release issued by the County on Tuesday July 2nd, "A stormwater utility would help ensure the continued use and upkeep of the stormwater management system throughout the county and relieve property owners of the burden of maintaining and cleaning ditches and pipes within easements on their property."

A utility fee would fund the new services and only apply to property owners within the unincorporated areas of the County. The fee would not be charged to property owners in the City of Wilmington or the Towns of Carolina Beach, Kure Beach and Wrightsville Beach.

"A stormwater utility would allow the county to manage stormwater runoff to help reduce flooding and impacts to water quality," said County Engineer Jim Iannucci. "It would create a flexible way to plan and pay for resilient water management practices, and allow New Hanover County to provide a higher level of service to our residents and businesses."

According the County, "To share information with residents and businesses, and to get community input, stakeholder meetings will be held on Tuesday, July 16 at the New Hanover County Government Center, 230 Government Center Drive, in the Andre Mallet Training Center."

Meetings will take place at the following times:
• 9 am: Large landholders and developers
• 11 am: Non-profits and churches
• 2 pm: Commercial property owners
• 4 pm: General public

Residents who live in the unincorporated area of the county are encouraged to attend the 4 p.m. meeting to get information that is tailored to residential properties, but all meetings will be open to the public. Registration is not required.

According to a release issued by the County, "This is the first step in the county’s outreach about a new stormwater utility, and additional community meetings will be scheduled as the process moves forward. If a stormwater utility fee is approved, it would go into effect in July 2020."

The new services would work to reduce flood risks that may impact public safety and loss or damage of property; and prevent polluted stormwater from flowing directly into rivers and streams.

Municipalities in the County already have mechanisms in place to fund their own programs.

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