Managing Our Coastal Resources: The Planning Partnership

APA North Carolina Chapter


Thursday, September 28, 2017
11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. EDT

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Land use planning has been a state requirement for North Carolina’s twenty coastal counties since the 1970s.  Local governments have the initiative for planning and the state acts in a standard-setting and review capacity.   Discover how the state’s coastal program is evolving to meet the planning needs of local governments and how local governments are responding to the changes.

During this session participants will be introduced to the state’s land use planning requirements for coastal counties under the Coastal Area Management Act (CAMA) of 1974 and to recently updated rules covering plan requirements, amendments, and state certification (15A NCAC 07B.0700 and 15A NCAC 07B.0800).   They will also become familiar with the process for state review and plan updates.  Participants will learn the history of planning in coastal North Carolina and how it has evolved since the 1970s.   Participants will hear consultant and community perspectives on the creation of recent plans that meet local needs while also addressing state requirements.  Participants will explore how the coastal management program’s funding opportunities can be used for plan implementation and learn about projects being undertaken by the coastal program in support of local government planning.


Charlan Owens, AICP

Confirmed Speaker

Charlan Owens is a District Planner in the Division of Coastal Management’s northern area. She has assisted communities in the preparation of land use plans under the state’s coastal program since 2004. Prior to joining the Division of Coastal Management, she worked as a Development Services Planner in ... Read More

Mike Christenbury

Confirmed Speaker

Mike Christenbury is a graduate of Western Carolina University with a B.S. in Geography with a concentration in City and Regional Planning. He worked in local government planning for seven (7) years with the towns of Zebulon, Nags Head and Garner, and 3 years as a planner in the ... Read More

Wes MacLeod, AICP

Confirmed Speaker

Wes MacLeod, AICP, ASLA, is a Senior Regional Planner with the Cape Fear Council of Governments. Mr. MacLeod’s primary practice areas include land use planning, coastal planning and development, and advanced GIS analysis. Wes has experience with small area plans, land use plans, development ordinances, parks and recreation master ... Read More

Dale Holland

Confirmed Speaker

Mr. Holland earned his B.A. and M.A. in Geography with a minor in Planning from East Carolina University. Before starting his own planning firm in 1987, he worked in various planning positions in Virginia, and in Rocky Mount and Wilmington, NC. Mr. Holland has been actively involved in ... Read More

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