Recent major storm events in coastal communities have highlighted the importance of coordinating a changing and uncertain climate future, with community vision and land development regulations that protect investment and promote safety, health, and welfare. Stewart was engaged by the County to prepare an update to the existing UDO and Zoning Map after the recent adoption of a Countywide Comprehensive Plan.
Through an analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the existing ordinance, and an understanding of the community’s aspirations as expressed through the public involvement process, Stewart wrote a Unified Development Ordinance that implements the policies of the Comprehensive Plan, incorporates CAMA regulations, and plans for a resilient future.
In Pender County, recent flooding has illuminated community vulnerability, and proposed land development updates above the minimum mandated by FEMA are part of the solution toward building a flood-resistant/flood-resilient future.
By bringing best management practices from communities from the mountains to the sea, Stewart is finding innovative regulatory solutions that are also custom-tailored to local risk tolerance, while still being cognizant of state and federal regulatory boundaries.