Wilmington City Council delay means city could soon be out of compliance

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Submitted: Wed, 08/20/2014 - 3:10am
Updated: Wed, 08/20/2014 - 6:42pm

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — City Council met tonight, and the future of Wilmington was front and center.

On the agenda was how to regulate the growth of Wilmington’s suburban areas. A decision was made, but everyone was not in agreement.

Council sparred over how to address a new zoning classification, urban mixed use, which would essentially allow taller, larger structures to come to more suburban parts of Wilmington. Some of council was concerned this was rushed through to provide zoning for the Galleria shopping center recently acquired by the city from Wrightsville Beach. Council was supposed to zone the property tonight to be in line with state statute, and they wanted to zone it under the new classification. Some council members were just not comfortable with the speed of the decision.

“I appreciate the effort. It just was done too fast,” Councilman Kevin O’Grady said. “I think as you saw tonight there’s a number of questions about how it will apply, and we didn’t get any public input on it. We normally do.”

Despite the opposition the first reading of the urban mixed use classification was pushed through with a 4-2 vote. However the vote on zoning the Galleria shopping center was pushed back until the next meeting, which will be outside of the 60-day time limit. This means the city will be in violation of state statute, as the property will remain unzoned.

The city says as of tonight they cannot speak to exactly what that will mean.


  • Guest Reply Redux says:

    A small city in Southeastern North Carolina without any form of Infrastructure…other than Real Estate offers by its Mayor.
    The End

  • guest 1118 says:

    This is typical of how this city council does everything. I am laughing that Kevin O’Grady wants public input. He sure didn’t on the baseball stadium.

    Please proof your stories or hire a web person to do so. Parts of the story sound like they were written by a 10 year old.

  • Heimie Schmelter says:

    “However the vote on zoning the galleria shopping center was pushed back until the next meeting which will be outside of the 60 day time limit

    This means the city will be in violation of state statute as the property will remain unzoned.

    The city says as of tonight they cannot speak to exactly what that will mean.”

    “…cannot speak to exactly what that will mean.”? Really? How much more “Clintesque” can you get than an answer like that? Evasiveness, round-about mumbling and petty rhetoric when asked important questions. Thank you Wilmington city council! You continue to uphold your stellar and consistent reputation! Get that mayor another can of hairspray!

  • Barry says:

    Is there not a city attorney sitting right there to provide answers or at least a guess, educated or not to such a question? The city wanted to include this parcel into it’s coffers and now does not know how to proceed so the developer can determine how to proceed with this project. Yet, they can make a decision that we need more bike trails with the snap of a finger. My God. The city has not completed the one they are building now, the Cross City Trail.

    Your minds should have been made up on this when you annexed this piece of property. The whole premise for the change was to appease the developer so the deal could be made. It is amazing. This council now almost has to schedule a meeting to determine when to have a meeting, to decide when to hold a hearing, so they can then vote to have a meeting to decide on having a meeting to decide how to proceed. Confused yet?

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