Small Area Plans

Small area plans are developed for unique geographical areas of the County to serve as a guide for land use, zoning, transportation improvements, open space and other long-range planning efforts.  The map below shows the small area plans that have been created by Planning staff with the input and assistance of those living in the communities being represented.  Click on the panels below for more information on these communities.

Small Area Plans

Click here to view the entire Castle Hayne Plan.Castle Hayne cover

A plan for growth and development for the Castle Hayne community was adopted in 2008 through the input of citizens, community leaders, and Planning staff. Major issues identified fall into eight general categories:

  • Commercial Corridor
  • Transportation and Pedestrian Access
  • Water and Sewer Infrastructure
  • Drainage and Stormwater
  • Environmental Concerns
  • Parks and Recreation
  • Community Enhancements
  • Housing

Recommendations and strategies were identified for each issue area and can be found in the plan.

 

Water Quality Monitoring

Parks

  • Riverside Park – 6710 Old Bridge Site Road, Castle Hayne, NC  28429
  • Castle Hayne Park – 4700 Old Avenue, Castle Hayne, NC  28429

Water Access

Schools

Community


For more information, contact the New Hanover County Planning department at (910) 798-7165

Click here to view the entire Wrightsboro planWrightsboro cover pic

A plan for growth and development for the Wrightsboro community was adopted in 1991 through the input of citizens, community leaders, and Planning staff. Major issues identified fall into four general categories:  Transportation and the Wilmington Bypass; Drainage and Infrastructure; Parks and Recreation; and Community Facilities. Recommendations and strategies were identified for each issue area and include:

Transportation

  • Maintain community cohesion and not allow community to be bisected by Wilmington Bypass (I-140)
  • Widen the lanes of Castle Hayne Road and support the development of a bike/pedestrian walkway along Castle Hayne Road and other interior subdivision roads
  • Study traffic movements for safety concerns at major intersections such as those on Castle Hayne, Oakley, Rockhill, and Blue Clay Roads, Twenty-third Street, and North Kerr Avenue
  • Provide secondary access to neighborhoods along Castle Hayne Road to ease congestion at intersections and to provide additional access for residents and emergency vehicles

Drainage & Infrastructure

  • Develop a drainage plan which would provide roadside drainage and a scheduled maintenance program
  • Develop firm plans for the extension of County sewer service

Parks and Recreation

  • Preserve open space and provide park facilities to serve the needs of Wrightsboro citizens

Community Facilities

  • Coordinate efforts with the Department of Aging and the Library to develop programs and facilities for Wrightsboro’s older citizens
  • Utilize the Rockhill Community Center for all residents, especially older citizens and the youth
  • Continue to promote diversified housing opportunities for Wrightsboro residents
  • Pursue the location of the branch library in the Wrightsboro neighborhood
  • Encourage the PTO for the Wrightsboro School and the New Hanover County Board of Education to better maintain the school grounds to preserve the safety and well being of the children in the Wrightsboro community

Boundaries of the Plan Area pdf

Wrightsboro Study Area Map_web

 

Water Quality Monitoring

Parks

  • Cape Fear Optimist Park – 3222 North Kerr Avenue, Wilmington, NC  28405

Schools

Community


For more information, contact the New Hanover County Planning department at (910) 798-7165

Click here to view the entire Porters Neck PlanPorters Neck Plan Front Cover

 

A plan for growth and development for the Porters Neck community was adopted in 1989 through the input of citizens, community leaders, and Planning staff. Major issues identified fall into four general categories: the Environment; Transportation; Community Facilities; and Land Use. The plan recommendations include:

Environment

  • Continue protection of estuarine water quality, including support of the Outstanding Resource Water nomination of Middle Sound by the State
  • Institute measures to prevent pollution of the Sound, e.g. storm water runoff controls and setbacks
  • Support efforts to preserve the Community’s rural character, e.g. community clean-up campaign and open space preservation

Transportation

  • Encourage pavement widening and development of a bike path/pedestrian walkway on Porters Neck Road and other interior roads
  • Support improvement of major intersections, including placement of a traffic signal at the intersection of Porters Neck Road and Market Street
  • Support continued four-laning of Market Street

Community Facilities

  • Continue to make the Porters Neck area a high priority area for the provision of sewer service by the County
  • Support efforts by the Ogden Volunteer Fire Department (VFD) and Sheriff’s Department to improve protection, including possibly more County support for the VFD and increased patrols

Land Use

  • Rezone vacant R-15 zoned property to either R-20 or RA (R-30) in order to reduce the future density of development

Boundaries of the Plan Area pdf

Porters Neck Study Area Map_web

 

Water Quality Monitoring

Community


For more information, contact the New Hanover County Planning department at (910) 798-7165

 

Click here to view the entire Middle Sound plan

Middle Sound Cover_web

A plan for growth and development for the Middle Sound community was adopted in 1987 through the input of citizens, community leaders, and Planning staff. Major issues identified fall into three general categories: Traffic; Development; and the Environment. The plan recommendations include:

Traffic

  • Widen Market Street, preferably to 5 lanes from Eastwood Road to beyond Bayshore Estates
  • Install double left-turn lanes out of Middle Sound Loop Road in conjunction with Market Street widening
  • Lengthen right-turn lanes on Market Street
  • Add a reversing lane to Market Street that could be reversed in direction to accommodate morning and afternoon rush hour traffic
  • Establish alternative access route(s) out of/into Middle Sound Loop Road
  • Improve traffic light sequences on Market Street at Middle Sound Loop Road and Gordon Road; add other traffic signals as necessary
  • Widen Middle Sound Loop Road
  • Establish bike/pedestrian paths on Middle Sound Loop Road
  • Provide better road maintenance
  • Coordinate streets in new development with existing road network
  • Reduce speed limit on Middle Sound Loop Road
  • Have Sheriff’s Department direct traffic in the evening rather than (or in addition to) the morning
  • Consider moving Ogden School to highway location
  • Encourage carpools/public transit in Middle Sound/Ogden

Development

  • Maintain R-15 and R-20 zoning
  • Rezone all undeveloped land to R-20 Residential District
  • Rezone all undeveloped l and to R-20S Residential District
  • Rezone all undeveloped land to RA Rural Agricultural District

Environmental Recommendations

  • Protect and improve water quality, protect shellfish beds, and preserve natural areas through Federal, State, and County regulations

Boundaries of the Plan Area pdf

Middle Sound Study Area Map_web

 

Water Quality Monitoring

Schools

Community


For more information, contact the New Hanover County Planning department at (910) 798-7165

Click here to view entire Seabreeze Plan.

Seabreeze_Cover

For more information, contact the New Hanover County Planning department at (910) 798-7165

230 Government Center Drive, Suite 110 • Wilmington, NC 28403
Planning & Land Use: Phone 910-798-7165 • Fax 910-798-7053
Building Safety: Phone 910-798-7308 • Fax 910-798-7811
Engineering: Phone 910-798-7139 • Fax 910-798-7051