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. Two special community meetings will be held later this month to provide an opportunity for the public to review and make comments on the draft. Meetings are scheduled for May 12th at Events on Front (130 N. Front St) from 11am-1pm and May 13th at the Northeast Regional Library (1241 Military Cutoff Rd) from 3-6pm. Following these meetings, the draft will likely undergo additional edits prior to a joint work session with the Comp Plan Steering Committee, City Council and the Planning Commission later this summer. Please take some time to review the draft document.
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.
Mixed-use Centers draft
Areas of Opportunity draft
Transit that Works 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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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