The state released this week an online manual to help local governments in coastal counties with the basics of development requirements.
The comprehensive land use planning technical guide, “Comprehensive Land Use Planning in Coastal North Carolina — Guidance for Local Governments,” is available on the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Coastal Management website.
The guide complies with the Coastal Resources Commission land use planning requirements and offers an optional and much broader comprehensive plan that integrates Coastal Area Management Act, or CAMA requirements, officials said.
“The availability of this comprehensive guide in an online format continues DCM’s modernization of our processes and materials in order to better serve our local governments and the community,” Division Director Braxton Davis said in a statement.
Each land use plan includes local policies that address growth issues such as the protection of productive resources such as farmland, forest resources and fisheries, desired types of economic development, natural resource protection and the reduction of storm hazards.
The plan was developed in partnership with the University of North Carolina Wilmington’s Dr. Mark T. Imperial and Dr. Kirsten Kinzer.