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City holds meeting planning for future growth

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- The city of Wilmington held a meeting to provide information and seek input on developing a long range plan for the city's growth and development.

Questions like where will we live and how to best manage things like education over the next 25 years.

Planners project a population increase of about 50 percent with limited room to grow.

“The biggest take away is that we are running out land for development,” said City Urban Designer Allen Davis. “We have to think more creatively about retro fitting our corridors and doing some infill development, because 3700 acres of land is not that much left.”

This was one input meeting, there will be more. You can learn more about the long term plan, and offer your input at createwilmington.com.

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Build upwards...that's what

Build upwards...that's what other cities do...duh :-(
Don't build downwards (underground) City Council. You will either hit water...or another GAS LINE!!!!

And here it is...

In a nutshell:

"said City Urban Designer Allen Davis. “We have to think more creatively about retro fitting our corridors and doing some infill development, because 3700 acres of land is not that much left.”

What they are saying is that the tax "base" is almost max'd out and there is limited opportunity for future development.
The Legislature took away annexation from them so how else do you grow your base for increasing tax revenues?

They city is now at a cross roads. Population is growing but available land for housing is not. The city is now faced with a bad choice, reduce debt and at the same time plan for topping out on potential revenues or essentially go broke.
Which is why the land deal for the CC hotel is just so VERY bad - a $3M piece of waterfront property the city is selling (giving away) for $529,000 to Harmony.
Gee I wish we had recall elections.......

Vog

Well, maybe it's time to

Well, maybe it's time to tear down all the old tired, dilapidated and "eye-sore" building strewn all around the city. Ya think?