P&Z and Town Council To Discuss Land Use Plan Update Jan. 9th

P&Z and Town Council To Discuss Land Use Plan Update Jan. 9th

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By / Local News / Tuesday, 07 January 2020 16:30

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CAROLINA BEACH -  The Carolina Beach Town Council and Planning and Zoning Commission will hold a joint meeting on Thursday January 9th, at Town Hall to discuss updating the Town's Land Use Plan and the issue of preserving trees.

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."

The meeting will also include discussion on encouraging tree preservation throughout Town when new homes are built.

The meeting will take place in the Council meeting room at 6:30PM at 1121 N. Lake Park Boulevard.

You can view the current 2007 plan by visiting the Town's website at www.carolinabeachcamaupdate.com


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