The Planning Department offers a variety of land use planning services in the nine-county region. Planning staff advises local governments on current planning issues such as zoning, annexation, ordinance revisions and related land-use issues. Staff also draws on expertise in such areas as the environment, transportation and strategic planning to assist local governments as requested. This work includes the development and update of numerous types of ordinances (UDOs, Zoning, Subdivision, Historic Preservation, Public Nuisances, Minimum Housing, Flood Damage Prevention, and other codes), and plans (Comprehensive, Land Use, Bicycle/Pedestrian, etc.), as well as performing administrative services for primarily smaller municipalities.
The Town of Atlantic Beach has chosen to proactively develop a watershed restoration and resiliency plan to actively reduce stormwater runoff within two of its three 12-digit HUCs (Drum Shoals & Beaufort Inlet). This document provides an overview of the past and present hydrologic conditions influencing the stormwater runoff while suggesting methods and strategies for reducing it to match achievable historic conditions. Stormwater runoff can have a negative impact on water quality and excessive stormwater runoff can cause hazardous flooding conditions. Based on aerial imagery and the analysis conducted within this report, a large increase in development has caused a large increase in stormwater runoff. This plan seeks to restore the hydrological conditions that were present during the 1980’s to reduce stormwater runoff and its associated negative effects. This plan seeks to suggest cost effective methods for attenuating stormwater runoff, reduce residential flooding, improve water quality of runoff, help restore the usefulness of the water resources, and increase stormwater resiliency of the Town of Atlantic Beach. This plan will include proposed stormwater project site locations, proposed stormwater treatment methods, and suggested local ordinances to implement within the Town of Atlantic Beach. The Atlantic Beach Watershed Restoration & Resiliency Plan focuses on the application of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Nine Minimum Elements, the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Section 319 office guidelines, and the practiced coastal watershed restoration methods developed by the plan’s partners.