- As the Hampstead area's population continues to grow, it is likely that additional police protection will be needed, it is important to have officers who know Hampstead.
- Currently, Only 2 deputies per "shift" cover all eastern Pender County.
- Right now, only 5 Pender County Sheriff deputies patrol the entire 870 sq. mi. of the County per "shift."
- Pender Co Sheriff's office employs 100.
- Hampstead could have additional local officers and local patrols that are familiar with and focused on Hampstead (Sheriff Deputies would continue to cover to the area)
- Hampstead could have increased speed enforcement.
PLANNING AND ZONING
It's time for Smart Growth – not just more houses
- An incorporated Hampstead could control its own zoning, land development regulations and ordinances.
- Current zoning and subdivision layouts and ordinances could be revised to conform to new codes and ordinances developed by Hampstead planning staff and a board made up of local residents.
- NOTE: NC law does not permit city-wide building moratorium.
https://www.sog.unc.edu/resources/legal-summaries/moratoria. A short term (such as 30 to 120 days) moratorium may be permitted for an individual development to allow time to conduct research. A moratorium due to inadequate service capacity would still be allowed, but if the purpose is a hold while ordinances are adopted, that could not be applied to residential development.
- Hampstead could create the "look" we want for our community without burdening the rest of the county with these regulations.
- Hampstead could hire an engineer who has experience in drainage management to review new development proposals
Trained, planning staff can also assist with ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT and develop PUBLIC PARKS AND RECREATIONAL FACILITIES, BIKE TRAILS AND SIDEWALKS critical to a healthy lifestyle and for our children.
We need to identify land that could be used for ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT - such as a Businesses or Technology Park – possibly a Health Care Park (with offices of doctors and dentists, drug stores, fitness centers) - Businesses bring jobs and taxes – these "uses" need to be grouped/ located in the "right" areas. (Recently Pender County BOC approved industrial uses, potentially having trucks driving in a location next to residential areas and across from childcare facilities.)
IF WE DON'T ACT SOON... areas suitable for active recreation and business development MAY BE LOST.
Incorporation makes Hampstead eligible for NC Powell Bill /transportation grant funding.
Only incorporated cities can receive this funding. It is based on a formula considering population and miles of city roadways. Hampstead now has 103.45 miles of private roads and 67.36 miles of NC State DOT maintained roads. Based on discussions with NCDOT staff, using the 2018 formula, if 100 miles of private roads are "turned over" to an incorporated Hampstead, we would receive about $450,000 per year in NC Powell bill grant funds to maintain these roads, build trails and sidewalks on them, etc.
Hampstead is now leaving this money on the table. These grant funds are not available to counties.
Any 16' wide private road - dirt, gravel, or paved - open to the public, including roads currently maintained by HOAs, could be "turned over" to the city for maintenance which could be paid for using Powell bill funding. This could reduce what people are paying to their HOA to maintain their road.
- Parks, trails and recreational facilities are critical to a healthy lifestyle.
- Maintaining private roads has become a costly burden on local Home Owners' Associations (HOAs). Hampstead could have a street maintenance department and receive state “Powell Bill” grant funding to cover much of its costs.
Plus: Hampstead would have a seat and vote at the Wilmington Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) helping to decide how to spend NCDOT transportation money in our region. If we had been incorporated when the planning for the Bypass took place, Hampstead would have had a "say" in its location and design.
SOLID WASTE AND RECYCLING COLLECTION
- Currently, 3 or 4 private household solid waste companies operate in the area resulting in multiple trucks on each residential street on multiple days per week
- Hampstead could contract with a single solid waste/trash carrier - this optional service could reduce costs for individual home collection and reduce the number of waste hauling vehicles on our roadways by limiting pick-ups to one/two trucks on a road on one day per week.
NOTE: Use of the Pender County solid waste and recycling drop-off centers would continue for those residents who wish to continue paying the County for this service. (Currently residents pay $220/year for solid waste drop off and recycling drop off service, $110/year for recycling only.)
- Hampstead could provide street lights where needed for additional safety.
PLUS: Hampstead would have a local city hall and council who are focused and concerned about Hampstead citizen's issues and hold meetings & have staff in Hampstead.