Planning & Land Use

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Welcome to New Hanover County Planning & Land Use

The Planning & Land Use Department works with residents, stakeholders, and elected officials to identify and evaluate policies guiding the development and use of land in the unincorporated areas of New Hanover County; implements programs and regulations to advance these goals; and administers the county’s development regulations through project review and analysis of development applications.


Our department provides a variety of services relating to land use activities and property development. This includes rezonings, site plan review, zoning verification letters, addressing, and long-range projects. 

  1. What doesn't the department handle?
  1. How do I find setbacks for my property?
  1. Where Can I find recent rezoning cases?
  1. How do I get a new address?

Staff Directory

  1. Administration
  1. Katherine May

    Planning Coordinator

    Works with Addressing and GIS.

  1. Current & Long Range Planning
  1. Housing
  1. Zoning