Voluntary annexation moves forward, commissioners voice frustrations

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) – Leaders in New Hanover County voiced their frustrations with the City of Wilmington's attempt to move forward with a volunteer annexation during their meeting Monday morning.

Earlier this year, the Wilmington Planning Commission approved a voluntary annexation of undeveloped property near Porter's Neck.  City council has plans to move forward with a public hearing regarding the annexation in January.

New Hanover County Commissioner Chairman Ted Davis spoke with Mayor Bill Saffo last week about the possibility of holding off on any action until a joint meeting with the city and county could be held.  Davis said Saffo and the rest of the council, however, have decided to move forward without further input from the county.

The board voted unanimously to support a resolution to oppose the voluntary annexation of Amberliegh Shores by the city.

A public hearing will be held on the voluntary annexation January 3.

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