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Can New Hanover County annex parts of Wilmington?

Patrick Gannon

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“Can New Hanover County annex parts of Wilmington if asked, similar to how Wilmington is annexing the area on Market Street near Marsh Oaks?”

The answer is no, for a number of reasons.

For one, the county doesn’t have any ability to abolish or alter the city limits of a municipality, said Kemp Burpeau, deputy county attorney in New Hanover County.

“That would be up to the General Assembly,” he said.

Counties also don’t have annexation powers like cities do.

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One Response to “ Can New Hanover County annex parts of Wilmington?”

  1. On January 20, 2012 at 10:50 pm Jay wrote:

    Counties were not intended to provide urban services (i.e. water, sewer, transit, parks, etc.). That is why cities exist. Read your history!

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