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First of all this article is wrong in that the current regulations do not require developers to provide amenities for public benefit. The new regulations would require that and that is why they are better. I am currently in a Master's Program studying Urban and Regional Planning, and it is considered "best practice" and socially responsible for developers to have to pay a certain amount for the public good. The new regulations do not force developers to provide public amenities but rewards them for doing so, by allowing increased height and density and therefore increased profit. Wilmington's current development codes are extremely slack and that is why there are problems with stormwater runoff, water quality, and sprawl. If the developers in this town had any experience building in other, larger cities, then they would realize that they have had it too easy in the first place.
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