Zoning request approved for 300-acre development

WILMINGTON, NC(WWAY)--The City of Wilmington Planning Commission met tonight to discuss a number of issues including the future of nearly 300 acres of land on the north and south sides of Independence Boulevard between South 17th Street and Carolina Beach Road.

It’s owned by Cameron Properties Limited Partnership.

The City of Wilmington’s Planning Commission unanimously agreed to move forward with the project.

The plan would include multiple rental spaces and nearly 1,400 residential units.

Hill Rogers is a representative for Cameron Management. He says he understand that they still have a long road ahead of them.

"We have some work to do. We have to communicate with them and try to address those comments. I think there is some give and take. There is some misunderstanding, but I think there are some other things where we can better communicate to elevate those concerns and any misunderstandings," said Rogers.

The rezoning, which would accommodate a large mixed-use development featuring apartments, offices and businesses, will now head to the city council, which ultimately has the authority to approve or deny the request.

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While they are at it...either put up the movie theatre off of Carolina Beach Rd...or remove the "Coming Soon" sign!

Of course the planning committee is in favor of it. They'll support anything the developers want.

With the death of forced annexation we are left with this type of situation called infill.
Now we run up against neighbors who want to maintain the status quo versus the planning commission and the city who want more revenue from developed land within the city.

My guess is that the zoning change will be approved - this is after all the Camerons - and they know what the city needs. I firmly believe that the entire area between S 17th and Independence and all undeveloped land going towards Saint Andrews drive will be developed. It is one of the few undeveloped tracks left in town. (Along with Shipyard between Independence and S 17th).
With the DOT planning on paving Shipyard from College to the Port I wonder how this construction will affect the new road surface?

Vog

The concept of filling in blank pieces in a city's land use map isn't new. Unfortunately, what they're putting in those pieces has changed. A number of years back, planning degree programs starting preaching an anti-sprawl mindset of "density is key." This mindset morphed from a well intentioned notion of reducing suburban sprawl and average daily car trips to a virtual religion of anything other than high density is sacrilege. Density for the sake of density. Stack 'em on top of each other. Planners and designers who subscribe to this high density religion tend to gnash their teeth at anyone who disagrees with a specific project and respond with "NIMBY, NIMBY!!!" before they head home to their 1/2 acres parcel because "Come on, I have kids and they need a safe place to play." To them, in every case, density is good...for YOU.

As always, what is good for the goose is not good for the gander. That's American politics for you.

For it should be known throughout the land that not all goose eggs are golden.

:-)

I'll have to remember that one.