New Hanover County Board of Commissioners Approves Healing Place for Women & Zoning Updates

Posted July 1, 2019 at 9:34 pm     Category: County CommissionersCounty ManagerNews ReleasePlanning and Land Use

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – At its meeting on Monday, July 1, 2019, New Hanover County Commissioners approved moving forward to expand the scope of the Healing Place substance use treatment facility to include a 100-bed facility for women. The board approved a budget amendment that would leverage the existing investment and begin the design phase to co-locate the women’s facility with the already-approved 100-bed facility for men.

This will be the only peer-led residential recovery program in Southeastern North Carolina to provide treatment to both men and women at no cost. Construction is anticipated to begin in January 2020 with a tentative completion date of April 2021.

In addition, Commissioners approved the biggest change in the county’s zoning ordinance since the 1960’s, adding eight new zoning districts for residential, commercial and mixed use in the unincorporated county. This does not change the zoning of any property, but provides additional tools that property owners can request through the rezoning process.

This was the first phase in an ongoing development code update for the county. This fall, the Planning Department will be bringing forward the next phase – a Unified Development Ordinance (UDO). The UDO will be an easy-to-use, integrated document that will include all of the county’s development codes. Additional information about the new zoning ordinance amendment can be found at


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