New Hanover County, NC – The New Hanover County Board of Commissioners, at a special meeting held today, unanimously approved a Zoning Ordinance text amendment to allow temporary relocation housing for residents in the unincorporated county who are displaced from their homes because of damage from Hurricane Florence.
“This amendment ensures that those who are eligible for FEMA’s Direct Temporary Housing Assistance can place an RV on their property,” said New Hanover County Manager Chris Coudriet. “This aligns our ordinance with our neighboring municipalities, and allows residents who are approved for this FEMA benefit to remain on their property. It gives them the opportunity to stay close to their place of work, school, faith community, medical providers and other places important to them, while their home undergoes repairs.”
The amendment was approved by the New Hanover County Planning Board on October 17, to be considered by the Board of Commissioners at their special meeting today. The Board’s approval helps to accelerate the timeframe for when FEMA’s Direct Temporary Housing benefit can be provided to residents. FEMA is currently qualifying applicants who have applied for assistance.
The zoning ordinance text amendment can be viewed here. For information about Hurricane Florence recovery in New Hanover County, visit HurricaneRecovery.NHCgov.com, sign up for recovery updates here, and follow New Hanover County on Facebook and Twitter.
New Hanover County was declared a federal disaster area as a result of Hurricane Florence, so residents may be eligible for FEMA Individual Disaster Assistance. Residents, including renters who have been displaced from their home can also apply for FEMA’s housing assistance. For more information, visit DisasterAssistance.gov or call 1-800-621-3362. Visit HurricaneRecovery.NHCgov.com for additional recovery and relief information.
Contact: Kate Murphy, 910-798-7422