Cape Fear Navigating Change Public Outreach

The Wilmington Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (WMPO) is kicking off a long-range metropolitan transportation plan, Cape Fear Navigating Change 2050, which will identify transportation needs for the region over the next 25 years. The plan will include an evaluation of potential roadway, rail, freight, bus, ferry, aviation, bicycle, and pedestrian projects for the Wilmington metropolitan area, which includes New Hanover County and parts of Brunswick and Pender Counties. The Cape Fear Navigating Change 2050 planning process will also include public outreach opportunities where citizens can discuss their transportation needs.

Six (6) public open house style meetings to collect public input for the Cape Fear Navigating Change 2050 transportation planwill be held in August 2023 on the following dates:

  • Thursday, 8/3/2023
    • 4:00pm-6:00pm
    • NE NHC Branch Library, Pine Room
  • Tuesday, 8/15/2023
    • 9:00am-11:00am
    • Carolina Beach Town Hall
  • Thursday, 8/17/2023
    • 4:00pm to 6:00pm
    • Belville Town Hall
  • Tuesday, 8/22/2023
    • 4:00pm to 6:00pm
    • Pender County Government, Hampstead Annex
  • Thursday, 8/24/23
    • 9:00am-11:00am
    • NHC Senior Resource Center
  • Thursday, 8/31/2023 This meeting has been rescheduled to Friday, 9/8/2023.
    • 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Citizens can also offer their ideas by visiting the plan’s website at to fill out a survey in English or Spanish and pinpoint trouble spots on an interactive map. The survey and map will be available until November 30, 2023.

Cape Fear Navigating Change 2050 will be the plan used by federal, state, and local governments to guide transportation projects in our region over the next 25 years.  A long-range metropolitan transportation plan for the region is federally required and must updated every five years. Please visit for more information about the Cape Fear Navigating Change 2050 plan.

The WMPO is committed to providing access, equal opportunity, and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities. To request an accommodation, please contact us at least 48 hours in advance at 910-341-3258 or