CAMA Land Use Plan public input meeting tonight at 5:30 p.m.


Residents with interest in the future of the town of Wrightsville Beach are encouraged to attend the public input meeting for the CAMA Land Use Plan steering committee tonight at the Holiday Inn.

The meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.

The chair of the steering committee, Mayor Pro Tem Darryl Mills, said that hearing gave residents an opportunity to share their voice on the issues that are important to the town. One of the pressing issues could be the 40-foot building height limit, which could be addressed in the document.

While the land use plan doesn’t change the town’s ordinances, it can be used as a guide when the town considers changes, Mills said.

The board of aldermen created a committee on Oct. 13. The committee has already held several meetings and updates can be found at this website:

The committee will consider a number of items, including establishing land use goals and policy, maintaining the town’s family-friendly atmosphere, developing the town’s marina district and the area around Johnnie Mercer’s Pier, and setting building height requirements and floodplain regulations.

The town is also seeking resident input on its comprehensive review of the town’s land use plan. That survey asks whether residents would support mixed-use development, generally defined as residential and commercial units in the same building, and whether those development should allow for increased height limitations.

The survey asks respondents to rate the town’s best assets, such as the beaches, the piers or the Loop, in addition to the biggest issues facing the town, like tourism, commercial development or parking.

Two current members of the town’s planning board, real estate developer James “Jim” Smith and pilot David Culp were selected for the committee. .

Other members include South End Surf Shop owner Jeff DeGroote, auto dealership general manager Pat Koballa, attorney Robert “Bob” O’Quinn, chiropractor William “Bill” Sisson Jr., home builder Jim Busby, Realtor Susan Collins,  architect Frank Smith Jr. and retired insurance agent Calvin Wells. Auto dealer Allen Rippy was selected as an alternate.

The state’s Coastal Area Management Act requires all towns on the coast to either have a plan for land use or be included in the county’s plan. Wrightsville Beach last updated its plan in 2005. The committee is scheduled to have its first meeting in November and expected to have a draft ready by April 2017.

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