New Hanover County commissioners to discuss special-use permits again

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — New Hanover County Commissioners will meet tomorrow to discuss the plan for a special use permit.

In 2011, a special use permit was introduced to New Hanover County to bring development, especially industrial companies like S.T. Wooten.

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But ever since then, the permit has been highly debated.

Some say it will limit industry in the area others disagree.

“We’ve got a gorgeous area. We’ve got all this water. We have beautiful beaches. We have good air for the most part,” Co-Chair of the Environmental Round table for the League of Women Voters of Lower Cape Fear Clarice Reber said. “So we want to keep that sort of thing and we don’t want any surprises.”



That’s why New Hanover County Commissioners are holding a public hearing to discuss it.

Commissioner Skip Watkins says the plan is to discuss revisions of the permit, but it is based on what the planning board brings forward.

One of the groups that plan to be there is the League of Women Voters of Lower Cape Fear.

While they believe the special use permit can be helpful, they don’t want any surprises.

“The league supports the special use permit, with the provision that heavy industries, industries that might be risky, would be required what external effects might happen.” Reber said.

Those are the kinds of things the board plans to hear, along with proposed changes to the permit.

The meeting will take place at the county courthouse Monday November 14th at 4 pm.