New Hanover County, N.C.
Using existing technology, New Hanover County Planning and Land Use staff created an interactive development activity webpage that allows the general public, key stakeholders, elected officials, visitors, and other staff to have convenient and easy access to information about projects under development in the county. The page includes a development activity map that utilizes online mapping tools to identify and select properties and retrieve key attributes and information about each project. Users can create buffers and download certain information about properties to spreadsheets. It includes application materials and site plans for development, community meeting dates and outcomes, and an archive of developments in the county. This webpage was developed because county staff listened and acted on citizens’ requests for information on major development proposals earlier in the process. The webpage was created in-house and launched in November 2016, providing thorough and easy-to-access information. It has already become one of the most popular pages on the Planning website, with users commenting on its usefulness.
Ms. Elizabeth Murphy Schrader
Chief Strategy & Budget Officer