City of Wilmington to lay out plan to address population growth in video series

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The City of Wilmington intends to lay out a plan to deal with population growth in the Port City. According to the City’s Facebook page they are releasing a video series about their plan to deal with the population growth we will see in coming years. It said 54,000 people are expected to move to Wilmington over the next 20 years.

While many are receptive of the potential for new residents traffic and parking top the list of concerns.

Lauren Mays said with the people comes traffic but she’s not too concerned.

“Go different ways or back ways or you can find your way around it,” said Mays.

But once you arrive at your destination you’ll have to park. That’s a concern for Samuel Burgess especially downtown and near the Cape Fear Community College campus downtown.

“The parking can be an issue with an influx of people,” said Burgess. “But I think growth is great for Wilmington as long as we are supporting local businesses and places that are already established here. I think it’s great for our local economy to have people come.”

Nicole Clowers said she also welcome new residents.

“I like that everyone comes to visit Wilmington and ends up moving here,” said Clowers. “It’s just one of those cities that makes you feel comfortable and makes you feel like this is where you should be.”

That’s why the Mark and Lauri Plante said they plan on moving down to the area from New Jersey.

“We visited Wilmington and we just fell in love with the ,” said Lauri Plante. “It’s very eclectic town and we love the small town feel of it and love the friendliness of everyone.”

The video series will be available online Saturday at 8 p.m.

We are expecting to have more details on the video series Friday.

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