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Carolina Beach residents speak out on town land use plan

Carolina Beach residents talked to Town Council tonight about plans that could change the face of the New Hanover County beach town. Residents say this meeting was crucial to the future development of Carolina Beach. The one hot button issue is an amendment to the plan which would re-instate a height requirement on buildings. In 2003 the town amended its land use plan, eliminating height requirements. A proposed amendment will put some of those restraints back. Residents for and against changes to the land use plan attended tonight's meeting. Some say height requirements would stifle development and growth. While others say putting a limit on how high developers build won't hurt the town at all... rather it would help maintain the charm of the beach community. "I don't think we have to have huge buildings and huge density to be charming to be a tourist draw. We are those things now and we need to take care of our residents and we need to take care of what's already here," Lynne Denne, Carolina Beach resident said. Residents for the height limit amendment say other towns in our area have limits, and it hasn't hurt their revitalization. The more than two hour meeting didn't produce a decision. Town council said it wasn't properly advertised and they plan to have another public meeting next month.

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