Here's what missing in your story. This Atlanta Company along with the property owner were denied a Zoning Change by Wilmington County Commissioners to build a 250 unit apartment building on Market Street
near Marsh Oaks and Bayshore neighborhoods. Notice I said "county
commissioners" as this 17 acres is in the country. The primary
reason for denial is that Market Street is a Grade "F" for traffic load and in addition has the highest incidence of collisions than
any other street in Wilmington. Other reasons cited were close proximity to homes..less than 50 feet in some areas, additional traffic created by service vehicles and caretakers (e.g. trash trucks,
heating and air conditioning companies, land maintenance vehicles,
caretakers for children and older adults. SO NOW IN AN EFFORT TO DO AN END RUN AROUND THE ELECTED COUNTY COMMISSIONERS WHO WORK FOR THE CITIZENS OF THE COUNTY, THE DEVELOPER AND OWNER ARE REQUESTING ANNEXATION BY THE CITY OF WILMINGTON. In other words they would
"pluck" these 17 acres in the county out make them city property that would require city services such as police, fire, water, sewage.
This is utilizing a law known as Voluntary Satellite Annexation.
This is not the intent of this law. I am sure its purpose was not to favor wealthy business men but to help smaller towns/cities who may
need medical, fire,or other facilities but because they are too small
cannot afford same and thereby become "city" property to receive the
required services. Lastly, our constituion is FOR THE PEOPLE, and
it protects a property owners rights. Why do we have County Commissioners who spend endless hour on zoning issues if the City
can pick and choose who can be "voluntarily annexed". This is
wrong, wrong, wrong. Now you have the rest of the story.
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