New Hanover County is exploring a Stormwater Utility for unincorporated areas, stakeholder meetings to be held July 16

Posted July 2, 2019 at 3:02 pm     Category: EngineeringNews Release

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – New Hanover County is exploring the implementation of a stormwater utility for property owners in the unincorporated areas of the county. A stormwater utility would help ensure the continued use and upkeep of the stormwater management system throughout the county and relieve property owners of the burden of maintaining and cleaning ditches and pipes within easements on their property.

A new utility fee would support these services and only apply to property owners in the unincorporated area of the county. It would not include the City of Wilmington or the county’s beach towns. To learn more and see a map of the unincorporated area, click here.

“A stormwater utility would allow the county to manage stormwater runoff to help reduce flooding and impacts to water quality,” said County Engineer Jim Iannucci. “It would create a flexible way to plan and pay for resilient water management practices, and allow New Hanover County to provide a higher level of service to our residents and businesses.”

To share information with residents and businesses, and to get community input, stakeholder meetings will be held on Tuesday, July 16 at the New Hanover County Government Center, 230 Government Center Drive, in the Andre Mallet Training Center. Meetings will take place at the following times:

  • 9 am: Large landholders and developers
  • 11 am: Non-profits and churches
  • 2 pm: Commercial property owners
  • 4 pm: General public

Residents who live in the unincorporated area of the county are encouraged to attend the 4 p.m. meeting to get information that is tailored to residential properties, but all meetings will be open to the public. Registration is not required.

This is the first step in the county’s outreach about a new stormwater utility, and additional community meetings will be scheduled as the process moves forward. If a stormwater utility fee is approved, it would go into effect in July 2020.


Release Contact:
Jessica Loeper

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