Public Meeting #1 just around the corner! (Hint: it's Thursday, 03/21/19)
Welcome back to the Pender County UDO Update Blog!
It’s been a busy time around the Planning and Community Development offices. The days are longer and that usually means the office gets much busier. We’ve got a busy few months ahead of us and the UDO project continues to motor on!
Just a couple quick notes to make this week:
Public Input Meeting
We can now confirm that our first Public Input Meeting for the UDO Update Project will take place on March 21st, 2019 from 5:30 until 7:30 PM in the Commissioners’ Chambers, located at 805 S. Walker Street in Burgaw. This meeting will largely take the form of an open house, though the Project Team will give a short presentation at two separate points during the evening. Staff, our consultant, and members of the UDO Update Steering Committee (also Pender County’s Planning Board) will be in attendance at the meeting to receive comments and answer any questions you might have. We highly encourage you to attend and hope to see you there!
Burgaw and Wallace Rezoning Project
The project we covered in Blog Post #2, a rezoning of roughly 200 parcels from the GB, General Business zoning district to the RA, Rural Agriculture zoning district, has entered its final stages. The Planning Board unanimously recommended approval of the rezoning at their March 5 meeting, and the Commissioners will hold their public hearing on the rezoning on Monday, March 18 at 7:00 PM in their chambers in Burgaw. These meetings are open to the public, so if you’d like to attend, please do so! We have a Special Use Permit and a Conditional Rezoning on the agenda as well, so the hearings present a unique opportunity to see an example of three development types that require hearings before the Board of County Commissioners.
Pender County Trivia
What UDO Update blog post would be complete without trivia?
Coastal Review Online posted a great article in 2017 (link) explaining the source of many important Pender County place names. For example, the article talks about Black River and the characteristics of the water within it that gives it its name. Also, while the name “Burgaw” is traditionally thought to have Native American origins, there are some that believe the name actually originates in Germany. And, of course, Hampstead is probably named for the suburb of London, England and not for George Washington’s sandwich of choice as he passed through the area, but that’s not going to stop me or anyone else from telling that story.
As always, if you have any questions, comments, or just want to know more about the project, feel free to contact me.
Until next time,
Long Range Planner
Pender County, North Carolina