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New Hanover County Commissioners to Tackle SUP

The debate over the proposed Titan America cement plant first prompted the SUP discussions in 2008.

The Special Use Permit is on the agenda for Monday’s New Hanover County Board of Commissioners meeting. It’s comes up after a year of work by county staff and interested parties.

After almost a year of meetings, public hearings and work sessions, the New Hanover County Commissioners will discuss changes in the Special Use Permit or SUP, Monday afternoon.

Last month the county planning board voted 6 to 1 to approve the changes in the SUP and send it to the next level.

The SUP requires that some industries meet certain conditions before being allowed to open a business in New Hanover County. Business leaders don’t want an SUP that is too restrictive and discourages industry, while others hve said a strong SUP is needed to keep potentially polluting industries from the region.

The revised SUP includes amendments to the definition of intensive manufacturing, and eliminated definitions of limited and general manufacturing.

In 2011, county commissioners approved a Special Use Permit ordinance that replaced a 1969 policy.

The commissioners meeting begins at 4 o’clock Monday, at the county courthouse on Third Street. 

Meeting Time & Date: 4 p.m., Monday, March 6, at the New Hanover County Historic Courthouse, 3rd floor, 24 North Third Street.