Public Input Results and Documents


The draft ‘Policies’ are the next component of the Create Wilmington Comprehensive Plan. There are eleven elements included in the draft policies document:  Development & City Building, Transportation, Housing, Parks, Recreation, & Open Space, Economic Development, Environment & Natural Resources, Arts & Culture, Community Facilities & Services, Urban Design & Placemaking, Downtown Wilmington, and Historic Preservation. A joint work session with the Comp Plan Steering Committee, City Council and the Planning Commission will be held later this summer to review the final draft of the document. Please take some time to review the draft.

Policies draft

Growth Strategies Maps
The draft Growth Strategies Maps are the third component of the Create Wilmington Comprehensive Plan. The maps provide a framework based on how the city exists today and ways in which it should grow and change in the future. The maps are structured around six main components: Mixed-use Centers, Areas of Opportunity, Corridors & Complete Streets, Transit that Works, Open Spaces & Green Connections, and Character & Pattern Areas. All of these components will work in concert with each other to form a cohesive guide for future growth. Please take a few moments to review each of the maps.

Growth Strategies Maps Posters draft

Growth Strategies Maps Report draft

Growth Factors Report & Foundations Report
The first two pieces of the box set are the Growth Factors Report and the Foundations Report.  The Growth Factors Report is a look at the things that helped Wilmington become what it is today, along with future growth projections, and an analysis of our built environment.The Foundations Report is a summary of the public input process and the feedback that was collected throughout the plan development process. Please take a few moments to look through these reports and let us know what you think!

Growth Factors Report draft

Foundations Report draft


Invest in Place Community Survey Results

Aging in Place Survey

In 2000, there were 11,637 Wilmingtonians aged 65 or older. In 2010, there were 14,879, an increase of 28%. This number is expected to grow, which raises concerns about healthcare, mobility, adequate housing, and whether seniors can have a high quality of life in Wilmington. A survey was conducted to determine what the community thinks about Wilmington’s ability and readiness to meet the needs of our older citizens. Some of the results from this survey can be found in the draft Foundations Report.

Alternative Future Visions

Growth Strategy Results

College Outreach

On March 19th, we visited the UNCW campus and asked some current students to share their ideas on what would make Wilmington a better place to live. Here’s what they had to say: College Input

Hillcrest Community

On March 18th, we visited the Hillcrest community and asked residents to share their ideas on the future of their community and what would make Wilmington a better place to live. Here’s what they had to say: Hillcrest Input

Youth Outreach

On April 7th, we asked some students at Hoggard High School to share their input on Wilmington’s future with us. See what they had to say about what makes a good city and what would make Wilmington an even better place to live. High School Input

On March 24th, we asked some 6th graders at Roland Grise Middle School to share their input on Wilmington’s future with us. See what they had to say about what makes a good city and what would make Wilmington an even better place to live. Middle School Input

Planning on Tap

The week of March 17th, we hosted seven meetings at bars and restaurants across the city, hoping to engage people where they were already gathering. One meeting was held on each of the plan’s themes. See the summary of the results from all meetings here:  Planning on Tap input

Business Leaders Input 

We met with CEOs and business leaders from around the city to hear about their vision for the future of Wilmington. Want to know what they had to say? Business Leaders Roundtables

Growth Factors Analysis (pdf)

A citywide meeting was held on September 24th to present the draft Growth Factors Analysis (GFA) that was developed as part of the comprehensive planning process. The GFA provides the context, or ‘starting point,’ from which the community can move forward to create our shared vision for the future. Click here to view the presentation.

9-24-13 Video Presentation 

Neighborhood Planning Area Meetings Results

Beginning in October 2013, a series of Neighborhood Planning Area meetings were held throughout the city to gather input from residents on their desired future for their community. Results from these meetings can be reviewed below.

NPA Summary      Planning Areas     Top 20 Priorities     Create Wilmington Themes

Sunset Park-Woodlawn     Neighborhoods Map     Public Input     Summary Report
Old East Wilmington     Neighborhoods Map     Public Input     Summary Report
Winter Park     Neighborhoods Map     Public Input     Summary Report
Pine Valley     Neighborhoods Map     Public Input     Summary Report
Echo Farms-Rivers Edge     Neighborhoods Map     Public Input     Summary Report
Rogersville-Bradley Creek     Neighborhoods Map     Public Input     Summary Report
Carolina Place-Ardmore     Neighborhoods Map     Public Input     Summary Report
Masonboro     Neighborhoods Map     Public Input     Summary Report
Chestnut Heights-Princess Place     Neighborhoods Map     Public Input     Summary Report
Audubon-Devon Park     Neighborhoods Map     Public Input     Summary Report
Historic Downtown-Old Wilmington     Neighborhoods Map     Public Input     Summary Report
Seagate South     Neighborhoods Map     Public Input     Summary Report

Man on the Street

A series of “man on the street” surveys were conducted over the summer at various locations. These questions asked participants what they liked best and least about Wilmington and what was on their “wish list” for Wilmington. The results of these surveys can be found below.

Series 1 summary
Series 2 summary
Series 3 summary

Citywide Meetings

9-24-13 Community Meeting Results

The planning process kicked off on May 14th 2013 with a city-wide input meeting. Participants were asked to brainstorm both their desired future and their unwanted future for the city.  Once ideas were recorded, participants were given the opportunity to vote for their top six “desired future” elements and their top four “unwanted future” elements.  Results from that meeting can be found below.

5-14-13 Kickoff Meeting Results
5-14-13 Activity Maps

Where do you live?
What’s your favorite street?
What’s your least favorite street?
What are your favorite places?
Where do you like to play?
Where do you usually buy groceries?
What route do you take to work?
What is your childrens’ route to school?

Steering Committee Meeting Minutes

3/26/15 Meeting DRAFT
2/17/15 Meeting
1/27/15 Meeting
12/19/14 Meeting
11/25/14 Meeting
10/28/14 Meeting
9/23/14 Meeting
8/26/14 Meeting
7/22/14 Meeting
6/24/14 Meeting
5/27/14 Meeting
4/22/14 Meeting
3/25/14 Meeting
2/25/14 Meeting
10/22/13 Meeting
8/27/13 Meeting
7/25/13 Meeting
6/25/13 Meeting
6/6/13 Meeting
5/14/13 Meeting
4/23/13 Meeting
3/19/13 Meeting