NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — For the second time now, New Hanover County’s Planning Board has delayed a vote to change its zoning ordinance to have more control over large industries.
During a public hearing, many spoke out in favor of amending the county’s current zoning ordinance, so that industries like Titan will have to go through a review process before becoming a part of the community.
The proposed amendment to the ordinance sets up a special-use permit process where industries, like Titan, would have go before a public hearing, giving citizens a voice in the zoning process. However some business owners think the special use permits will only hurt the county’s ability to attract industries.
The amendment does not prohibit certain industries from coming into the county. Industries that would require the special-use permits under the amendment are heavy industry and mining, which includes any industry that converts raw material into product, like Titan Cement.
The planning board decided to table the issue.
“Their concern today was that our existing industries who are located in the county and have been there a long time and have been good corporate industrial partners can still operate their businesses without being hindered by a new ordinance,” said Chris O’Keefe, the director of New Hanover County Planning and Inspections Department. “I think the planning board did what they needed to do by tabling it for another period of time.”
The planning board will discuss this topic once again at its meeting next month. The vote will then have to go to county commissioners for a final decision.