Editorial: Land Use Plan & Lake Landscaping Plan Meeting Aug. 20th

By / Editorials / Tuesday, 18 August 2020 18:40

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CAROLINA BEACH - On August 20th, 2020, the pubic will have what may be the last chance to offer input on a document that will guide residential and commercial development throughout Carolina Beach. Perhaps even adjacent to your own house
or neighborhood. The meeting will be held  at 6:00 p.m. at the Carolina Beach Lake Amphitheater located at 400 South Lake Park Boulevard in Carolina Beach.
Rather than waiting until after the plan is adopted, now is the time to offer your input to help mold this plan into a document that reflects the opinions and outlooks of as many people in our community as possible.
A copy of the proposed plan is available for public review between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday at the Carolina Beach Department of Planning and Development, located at 1121 N. Lake Park Blvd, Carolina Beach. The plan can also be viewed online by visiting https://www.carolinabeachcamaupdate.com/resources
Questions and comments on can be directed to Planning Director Jeremy Hardison  at (910) 458-2991 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
The Town's 2007 Land Use Plan serves as a blueprint for growth in commercial and residential areas as well as regulating development within a certain distance of the waterway and the ocean.
According to the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) the Coastal Area Management Act requires each of the 20 coastal counties to have a local land use plan in accordance with guidelines established by the Coastal Resources Commission.
The CRC's guidelines provide a common format for each plan and a set of issues that must be considered during the planning process; however, the policies included in the plan are those of the local government, not of the CRC. By law, the role of the CRC is limited to determining whether plans have been properly prepared.
Each land use plan includes local policies that address growth issues such as the protection of productive resources (i.e., farmland, forest resources, fisheries), desired types of economic development, natural resource protection and the reduction of storm hazards. When the Land Use Plan was last updated, important issues were building height in residential and commercial areas and how many units could be built in various parts of Town. In the early 2000's many people expressed a desire to discourage high-rise development especially along the ocean front.
According to DEQ, "Once a land use plan is certified by the CRC, the Division of Coastal Management uses the plan in making CAMA permit decisions and federal consistency determinations. Proposed projects and activities must be consistent with the policies of a local land use plan, or DCM cannot permit a project to go forward. At the local level, land use plans provide guidance for both individual projects and a broad range of policy issues, such as the development of regulatory ordinances and public investment programs."
Prior to the August 20th, meeting, visit the Town's web site at www.carolinabeach.org and search out the Land Use Plan proposal. It's a long document, but given that it could impact your property, neighborhood, it's worth a read and then attend the meeting and voice your opinion on the contents of the proposed plan.
If not, well, don't be surprised in the future when someone proposes a project and it's in keeping with the LUP. If you don't agree, in short it's too late. The only option at that point is to hire expensive attorneys.
Got to the August 20th meeting.  Voice your opinion. Go on the record. Ask questions and get answers.
Council will also hear from residents regarding ideas for erosion control and landscape design around the Carolina Beach Lake.


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