NHC Commissioners Approve WAVE Amendment, Discuss School Problems

Feb 3, 2020

A large crowd turned out for Monday’s New Hanover County Commissioners meeting, but most left early when a public hearing on rezoning in Porters Neck was continued to a later date.

Logan Developers want to rezone some 52 acres to build a residential development.

The public has pushed back on the plan saying it would wreak havoc with traffic and overwhelm an elementary school. Last night the developers requested a continuance to the April Board meeting, saying they will use the time to address storm water issues. The commissioners unanimously approved the request.

Commissioners also approved an inter-local agreement involving both the governance and funding of WAVE Transit.  County Manager Chris Coudriet explains the agreement is now up to City Council.

“Rather than it be a seven person board, which is how the resolution and amendment was prepared. It would be now a nine person board to include a representative from the New Hanover County Commission and someone from the City Council or whomever the City Council chooses. So it's going from seven to nine members, it will require the city to consent to that on Tuesday.”

Under the agreement, the County would loan WAVE $300,000, the City would loan $400,000. Wilmington City Council will take up the WAVE Transit amendment this evening.

Commissioners also unanimously moved to provide increased crisis counseling and support resources for county schools struggling with issues relating to sexual assault. Vince Winkel, WHQR News.