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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) – Wilmington city leaders want developers to do more to help the people who work on their projects to have affordable places to live.

They voted unanimously on a resolution requiring workforce/affordable housing as a criteria for proposals for development projects on city-owned property. The city has identified a critical shortage of affordable housing in Wilmington and this initiative would take a step toward addressing that shortage.

They hope this resolution will help tackle that problem even though it will not force developers to provide housing, but it will be a way the city incentivizes developers who do such.

Council also approved to accept a $63,000 state grant and provide $63,000 in matching city and donated funds to install handicap accessible equipment at the Empie Park playground.

The project will also add a horseshoe pit and paved trail connections between the playground and the Gary Shell cross-city trail section that runs through the park.

After several weeks of debate, council approved to allow short term helicopter tours but only around areas that are zoned light industrial or airport industrial.

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