Tuesday, May 6, City Council meeting, 6:30 p.m., City Hall
Items of interest on the agenda included:
- A presentation on the recommended 2014-2015 budget. City Council will approve the budget in June.
- A resolution supporting legislation by the NC General Assembly to make stealing a Venus Flytrap in New Hanover County a felony. Last May, more than 1,000 Venus Flytraps were stolen from the city's Stanley Rehder Carnivorous Plant Garden at the Piney Ridge Nature Preserve. This crime is currently a Class 3 misdeameanor.
- A resolution endorsing the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Government's Development Finance Initiative (DFI) redevelopment plan for the Water Street Parking Deck. If approved, DFI will begin work on creating a Request for Proposals from potential developers of the site. The program calls for:
- A mixed use project that would consist of parking, residential units, and retail shops;
- Re-opening Chestnut Street between Front Street and Water Street;
- Approximately 325 public parking spaces, in addition to any needed by the development;
- Connecting the site to Bijou Park; and
- Adhering to existing city height restrictions, with some flexibility available to reward high-quality design.
- An ordinance lowering the speed limit from 45 to 35 mph on Wrightsville Avenue/Eastwood Road between the Lumina Commons shopping center and the drawbridge to Wrightsville Beach and between Jones Road and the Eastwood/Wrightsville intersection. The proposed change would increase safety in the area, which has experienced significant development over the years, as well as a substantial increase in vehicle, pedestrian and bicycle traffic.
Watch the meeting.
The next Council Meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 20. The agenda for the next meeting will be posted on the city's website on Friday, May 16.
Meetings are held at 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers, which is located on the second floor of City Hall at 102 North 3rd Street. Parking is available in the Thalian Hall parking lot or in the city parking deck located directly across from City Hall.
Meetings are also broadcast on GTV8 (Time Warner Cable channel 8) or simulcast by visiting the GTV8 web page. Following the meeting, videos are available on demand on the city's video archive web page.