STARNEWS SUNDAY PREVIEW: Without involuntary annexation, city looks at other options

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Recent legislation in North Carolina has effectively killed involuntary annexation by cities. So how can Wilmington now add communities and continue to grow?

WWAY's Cacky Catlett sat down with StarNews reporter Julian March to talk about his story in Sunday's paper.

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I have to ask.
Why does Wilmington have to grow?
Besides the increased revenue - what is the purpose?

If there was NO more unincorporated land what would Wilmington do?

Vog

we can finally afford that baseball stadium nobody wants Vog... jeese.. get with the program!

"If there was NO more unincorporated land what would Wilmington do?"

Build more piers out into the ocean...then anex them.

Now THAT'S funny.....

CommonTater -
30% wanted it........isn't that enough?

I lived in New England for a portion of my life. It was rare to be in unincorporated land. You left one town and were in another. Growth happened (rarely) by mergers.
One thing we should be aware of. These towns are still broke. Why? Well they feel as though they have to offer living wages to their employees so taxes have to pay for it. Better roads? Taxes pay. A new town hall - taxes pay.
Just inflation alone would drive budgets up by 2% or more per year.
My neighbors would say "just what do we want to pay for"? Police? Fire? Rescue? - yes yes and yes.
Local government? Yes (It beats being run by the state)
Do we want good roads? Yes
Schools? Hell Yes

In many cases when you get past that there's not much else offered and taxes are still considered too high.

So Wilmington's annexation problem throws it into the realm of cities that have no annexation room - and their problems are just the same as Wilmingtons.
It boils down to what do we want to pay for?
We said "No" to the stadium (and now have buyers remorse about the convention center).
We will probably say $250M worth of yes to county schools in he near future.
Do we say yes to River walk expansion?
The Parking deck?

the problems seem endless.......

Vog

The major positive that may come out of this is to see the city focus more on adding value to what we have now instead of annexing low class suburbs and new apartment complexes. The city needs to clean up the crime in the downtown neighborhoods. They need to strictly enforce building codes on the absentee and slum lords to force them out so that the pace of gentrification can pick up back to the levels we were seeing in the early 2000's. Get the public housing out of the downtown neighborhoods and move them out towards the airport or by the landfill,they contribute little to nothing so they shouldn't be subsidized to live in potentially prime residential areas.

Downtown Wilmington has fantastic potential but they have to get rid of that ring of crime and decay.

Why grow when it is plainly clear they can't manage what they already have? Quit building (Convention Center) and trying to build (Baseball stadium) shrines to yourselves, and fix what is currently broken in the city. Kick cFpUa in the tail and get these sewage leaks under control, reign in the police department and the crime problem areas and make government work for the people.

Reasonable request Guesty...but FAT chance it will ever happen...even if the Seneca Guns threatened to leave the area (as a possible tourist attraction)...it ain't ah happenin'!
They should tax the Seneca Guns too...as soon as they can find them...then they'd find them 4 shore :-)

Of particular interest is the series of maps showing the progression of annexations from the 1800's to present. I would bet that if a vote was held today to roll back the city borders to 1970, it would pass easily. Many of those neighborhoods gained nothing from annexation except higher property tax bills. City planning has NO PLAN except to increase revenue by packing in as many developments as possible. Perhaps poll neighborhoods to see if multi-dwelling developments fit in to the current density. I would be crushed if I purchased a home on a quiet street and a developer decided to pack in 18 families next door. Consider the concept of supply and demand, that as Wilmington fills up the remaining 10-20% of undeveloped land, the property values go up, and you need less homes to equal the same revenue. More homes means LESS revenue per home, and more support services needed.