Council meeting, Jan. 22
The regularly scheduled Council agenda briefing will be held in City Council Chambers at City Hall until further notice as the regular meeting room in the Harrelson Building sustained water damage.
The Wilmington City Council met at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 22. Items of interest on the agenda included:
- APPROVED. A resolution adopting the Council’s state and federal legislative agenda that reflect city priorities and positions on potential legislation in Raleigh and Washington.
- CONTINUED TO FEB. 19, 2019 COUNCIL MEETING. A resolution that will allow the old WAVE maintenance facility at 1110 Castle Street to be competitively bid and sold. The 1.5-acre property was vacated by WAVE in 2015 and is in need of redevelopment. This item had been continued from the Nov. 7, 2018 Council meeting.
- PASSED ON FIRST READING ONLY AS AMENDED. This item will be brought back for a second reading on February 5. A public hearing to consider ordinances to either ban whole-house lodging in residential districts or to allow whole-house lodging in residential districts with both a cap on the total number and a separation requirement. If neither proposed ordinance is approved, the minimum rental period for whole house rentals would become 30 days as long-term rentals, effective March 1. This is the latest step in a multi-year discussion regarding short-term rentals in the city. Learn more about previous discussion and actions at www.wilmingtonnc.gov/rentals.
- APPROVED. An ordinance moving $1.325 million designated for the Piney Ridge Nature Preserve Phase II to the Derick Davis Center Gym project ($1.085 million), Muni Golf Course Clubhouse Improvements Project ($200,000), and North Waterfront Park Project ($200,000). The funds are needed for these 2016 Parks Bond projects and proposed to be moved from Piney Ridge Phase ll because conditions around the park have changed since the project began 10 years ago.
Note: Applicants for two projects, which opened public hearings at the Jan. 8 Council meeting, have requested continuances to a future meeting:
- The proposed Trillium group home (New Hanover County as applicant) on Medical Center Drive
- A hotel expansion at 117 S 2nd St.
Watch the meeting.
The next Council Meeting will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 5. The agenda for this meeting will be posted on the city's website on Friday, Feb. 1.
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.
Council meetings are also broadcast on GTV8 (Spectrum Cable channel 8) or simulcast by visiting the GTV8 web page. Following the meeting, videos and audio from agenda briefings are available on demand on the city's video archive web page.