Scotland Lane drainage improvement project

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Project summary

The city is planning drainage improvements for the Settler’s Landing Neighborhood.

In order to construct these improvements, the city will need to access your property through the use of an easement. The Wilmington City Council officially accepted the easements at their Aug. 7 meeting, allowing for the existing drainage swale (a large, shallow ditch) along the east side of the neighborhood (between Settler’s Landing & Melton Oaks neighborhoods) to be cleared and regraded. The pipes within the side yard easement areas will remain in place for now. The city will clean these pipes and make minor repairs as necessary. The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality may require the pipes be replaced with swales at a later date, however.  

The proposed drainage improvement project is scheduled for public bid on June 18, 2020, and construction will take place this summer.

Note for residents on upcoming construction: If you have an existing public drainage easement on your property, personal property within the public drainage easement may need to be removed prior to the start of construction. Fences within the public drainage easement will be relocated by the City’s contractor. All other personal property is the responsibility of the property owner.

Please call the city’s Stormwater Division at 343-4777 if you have questions or would like more information.

Input from the Neighborhood Information Meeting:

  • Majority of residents prefer that the pipes remain within the side yard easements
  • Culvert at Scotland Lane and Navaho Trail needs to be inspected
  • Majority of residents would like to see Scotland Lane be repaved
    • Stormwater Division is coordinating with the Streets Division, who will set a timeline for paving
  • Any obstructions within the easement area will need to be relocated  

Next Steps 

  • Neighborhood Information Meeting red checkmark (May 9, 2018)
  • Preliminary Design Study red checkmark
  • Inspection of culvert at Scotland Lane & Navaho Trailred checkmark
  • Meeting with impacted residents from Melton Oaks and Autumn Brook red checkmark
  • City officially accepts existing easements at the Aug. 7 city council meeting red checkmark
  • Coordination with residents on existing easement encroachment/obstructionsred checkmark
  • Finalize design plansred checkmark
  • Development of construction schedule

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