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“Foster development that enhances quality of life, minimizes traffic impacts, and creates safe, attractive, inclusive development for all citizens.”

-- Create Wilmington Comprehensive Plan

What is Changing:

  • Addition of an accessory use table for ease of useArticle 3 Example Illustration
  • Accessory dwelling unit (ADU) changes:
    • Reduce the minimum required lot area
    • Increase maximum size of ADU to 900 sq. ft., regardless of the size of the principal structure.
    • Require ADU to meet standard accessory building setbacks
    • Clarify that, if an ADU is used as a homestay, the host must reside in the principal residence
  • Significant changes to the regulations for mixed-use development as an optional use (formerly commercial district mixed use and multi-family mixed use)
  • Standards for bed and breakfast and homestay lodging more closely aligned
  • New conditions for discount variety stores
  • Certain uses considered accessory uses: outdoor vending machines and kiosks, drive-through facilities, fuel pumps and  canopies, and outdoor seating

What is NOT Changing:

  • Three categories of conditions remain: conditional (currently prescribed conditions) and special use permit uses, accessory uses, and temporary uses.
  • Limit of two accessory buildings/structures on residential lots
  • No major changes to temporary use standards
  • No changes to group home standards

 

Addition of an accessory use table for ease of use 

  1. • Accessory dwelling unit (ADU) changes: Reduce the minimum required lot area 
  2. Increase maximum size of ADU to 900 sq. ft., regardless of the size of the principal structure. 
  3. Require ADU to meet standard accessory building setbacks 
  4. Clarify that, if an ADU is used as a homestay, the host must reside in the principal residence 
  5. • Significant changes to the regulations for mixed-use development as an optional use (formerly commercial district mixed use and multi-family mixed use) 
  6. • Standards for bed and breakfast and homestay lodging more closely aligned 
  7. • New conditions for discount variety stores 
  8. • Certain uses considered accessory uses: outdoor vending machines and kiosks, drive-through facilities, fuel pumps and canopies, and outdoor seating

 

Addition of an accessory use table for ease of use 

  1. • Accessory dwelling unit (ADU) changes: Reduce the minimum required lot area 
  2. Increase maximum size of ADU to 900 sq. ft., regardless of the size of the principal structure. 
  3. Require ADU to meet standard accessory building setbacks 
  4. Clarify that, if an ADU is used as a homestay, the host must reside in the principal residence 
  5. • Significant changes to the regulations for mixed-use development as an optional use (formerly commercial district mixed use and multi-family mixed use) 
  6. • Standards for bed and breakfast and homestay lodging more closely aligned 
  7. • New conditions for discount variety stores 
  8. • Certain uses considered accessory uses: outdoor vending machines and kiosks, drive-through facilities, fuel pumps and canopies, and outdoor seating

 

Addition of an accessory use table for ease of use 

  1. • Accessory dwelling unit (ADU) changes: Reduce the minimum required lot area 
  2. Increase maximum size of ADU to 900 sq. ft., regardless of the size of the principal structure. 
  3. Require ADU to meet standard accessory building setbacks 
  4. Clarify that, if an ADU is used as a homestay, the host must reside in the principal residence 
  5. • Significant changes to the regulations for mixed-use development as an optional use (formerly commercial district mixed use and multi-family mixed use) 
  6. • Standards for bed and breakfast and homestay lodging more closely aligned 
  7. • New conditions for discount variety stores 
  8. • Certain uses considered accessory uses: outdoor vending machines and kiosks, drive-through facilities, fuel pumps and canopies, and outdoor seating
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