There are plans in the works for those woods you see across the river from downtown Wilmington, between the battleship and the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge. Thursday night the New Hanover County Planning Board will hear a rezoning request for that area.
The owners of the land between Battleship Road and the Cape Fear River are requesting that the area be rezoned, from Urban Mixed Use, to a Conditional Residential District. This would allow the owners – Holdings of TCM – to create a 15 lot residential subdivision.
As county planner Brad Schuler explains, not all the land is useable.
“The property overall consists of about 14 acres of land, and about eight and a half of that is wetlands. I will note a lot of the wetlands they are showing outside of the lot areas, you do see some here in the southern portion of it.”
At issue for the county is whether a view of 15 houses, fits in with the character of the community.
County planning and land use director Chris O’Keefe says that remains to be seen.
“It is a parcel that is very visible, so everybody who is walking on the Riverwalk in downtown is going to look across the river and see what’s there. If it is something that provides a specific value, that adds to the character of what we have in downtown then it is going to be a benefit to everybody. That’s the kind of project that should probably go on this site.”
Repeated attempts to speak with project developers were unsuccessful.
The planning board will decide tomorrow night whether to approve the rezoning and send it on to the county commissioners, or deny the request.