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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington City Council is looking at how to handle appeals from internet sweepstakes cafes. Several have appealed for exceptions to the city’s zoning restrictions after a two-year amnesty period that ended in August.

The city’s restrictions are designed to help prevent a proliferation of these types of businesses, as well prevent criminal activity and keep a distance from schools and churches.

The city is also exploring guidelines for handling voluntary annexation requests. Council requested additional information after the general assembly passed new laws governing involuntary annexations.

Many of the requests are in response to increased demand for multi-family housing, which is easier to develop with the city’s more urban zoning requirements.

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