North Carolina’s coast has been in the news a lot lately, prompting many of our readers to call for an issue of Carolina Planning devoted entirely to coastal zone management and hazard mitigation. A recent spate of hurricanes reinvigorated an ongoing debate about coastal development in North Carolina. At about the same time, the state’s Coastal Resources Commission established a Planning Review Team in response to controversy over the effectiveness of state-mandated local land use planning. Given these developments, we’ve limited the scope of this collection of articles to North Carolina, with the hopeful assumption that lessons learned here will be helpful to planners all along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts.
Editors: Elizabeth Federico, Philip Hervey, Laurence Lewis, and Robin Zimbler
A digital version of this issue is available here.
|WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO IMPLEMENT A CAMA LAND USE PLAN ANYWAY?
The article overviews local land use planning under CAMA, academic perspectives on plan making and implementation, and lists factors that may affect the outcomes of local plan making and implementation.
|A LOCAL GOVERNMENT PERSPECTIVE ON LAND USE PLANNING
The Mayor of Oak Island, North Carolina discusses land use planning objectives in the context of coastal watershed protection.
|THE DISCONNECT BETWEEN CAMA, CRC, LOCAL GOVERNMENTS, AND THE PROTECTION OF NORTH CAROLINA’S COASTAL WATERS
An environmental advocate discusses the disconnect in implementing the goals of North Carolina’s Coastal Area Management Act via the Coastal Resources Commission.
|THE TROUBLE WITH STORMS
Miller, Todd; Stephenson, Jim
The authors feature problems associated with hurricanes, including water quality, economic costs, beach reclamation, with implications for future development.
|HAZARD MITIGATION ON NORTH CAROLINA’S COASTAL BARRIER ISLANDS
Schwab, Anna; Anders, Margaret
The authors discuss the state’s beach economy, mitigation impacts and strategies, and the state’s Hazard Mitigation Planning Initiative.
|THE USE OF STORM WATER RULES TO PROTECT COASTAL WATERS
The author examines the NPDES Stormwater Program and Phase I & II updates and urges stronger political will in strengthening its rules.
|AFTER FLOYD? CRC REGULATIONS AND REDEVELOPMENT OPTIONS AVAILABLE TO LITTORAL AND RIPARIAN OWNERS
McKown, Aaron; Moffitt, Donna
The article focuses on several post-hurricane issues regarding development along North Carolina’s shorelines, including setback requirements, landowner options, threatened structures, and future land use scenarios.