Unified Development Ordinance

Industrial Development in New Hanover County How can we attract the right type of industry to our community? Partners from across the County are working to provide our community with the opportunity for input to determine which heavy-manufacturing uses are compatible with the region’s economy, public health, natural assets and our unique quality of life.…

Seismic Surveys

Speaking Out Against Seismic Blasting The North Carolina Coastal Federation opposes seismic blasting because of its negative effects on fish and marine mammals and the potential barriers they pose to ocean access for recreational and commercial fisheries. June 15, 2020 North Carolina’s objection to WesternGeco’s proposal to conduct seismic surveys for oil and gas exploration in…

Living Shorelines Permitting

The North Carolina Coastal Federation is focused on providing waterfront property owners with better, more environmentally beneficial alternatives for dealing with problem estuarine shoreline erosion. Our efforts are aimed at: Demonstrating the usefulness and effectiveness of living shoreline methods, Reforming counterproductive regulations that discourage property owners from selecting the most practical and cost-effective erosion control…

Stance on Wind Energy

The North Carolina Coastal Federation supports clean energy that reduces dependence on fossil fuels. But it also wants to ensure all projects are thoroughly evaluated for any potential harm they might cause to the coastal environment. The federation developed its position on wind energy in September 2016, following two public hearings about the proposed Wind Energy Area…