New Hanover County Commissioners Want More Time To Discuss Vision For Developments On West Bank Of Cape Fear River
NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) – Discussion continues on proposed developments on the west bank of the Cape Fear River. The now empty land is owned by New Hanover County, but two projects are still on the table that could potentially add to the county’s skyline.
[Is development of the west bank of the Cape Fear inevitable? Both high density development proposals are still on the table]
The company developing the plan for The Villages at Battleship Point, a 20-story apartment complex, wants to create a new zoning neighborhood to move the process forward. The developers will present their case to the county commissioner on Monday. The request was rejected by the county planning council in December, but this appeal is the next step in the process.
At their agenda review meeting on Thursday, county commissioners said they were unlikely to make a decision on amending the text, saying they wanted more time to discuss about their vision for the future of the west bank of the Cape Fear River.
“We’re going to need a little more time to just look at the area and see what the commissioners really want to see there,” said Julia Olson-Boseman, chair of the county commissioners.
New Hanover County Planning Director Rebekah Roth recently explained what former county leaders had envisioned for the area.
âOur current policy is that we want it to look like downtown Wilmington,â Roth said. âThis is something that our Council of Commissioners has established several times over the past 25 years. “
Commissioner Rob Zapple, however, said he wanted to take advantage of the new proposals to discuss the way forward with the community.
âWe have a moment here to stop and take a breath and have a chat. Zapple said. âWhat do we want this to look like in the future? Do we want skyscrapers and glass and steel structures, or do we want something more modest that focuses on the beautiful landscape, the environmental issues, the history there, the culture of our region? there or something in between? “
Zapple suggests that the commissioners will table any actions at Monday’s meeting.
âThis is what we expected,â Zapple said. “Hit the pause button on anything, including this project.”
The group behind the proposed text amendment and the development of Battleship Point say they are ready to answer any questions and concerns the Commissioners may have and want.
âWe do what we think is right and take care of any issues that people have raised and are very proud of our product,â said Jim Lea, the lawyer representing the development group.
The meeting of the commissioners is set for Monday, January 10 at 4:00 p.m. at the New Hanover County Courthouse. To view the meeting agenda and proposed text change, click here.
Copyright 2022 WECT. All rights reserved.