Announcements & Events

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 wmpo.org/2050mtp/ 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 wmpo.org/2050mtp/ 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 wmpo@wilmingtonnc.gov.


Public Meeting in Carolina Beach: Cape Fear Navigating Change 2050

Aug 15 2023

The WMPO is hosting a series of public meetings in August to collect feedback to inform Cape Fear Navigating Change 2050. Read more about the plan.

Meeting details:

Carolina Beach Town Hall | August 15, 9am – 11am. (1121 N Lake Park Blvd, Carolina Beach NC 28428)


WMPO Board Meeting

Jun 28 2023

MPO Board (Board, formerly TAC):  The WMPO Board sets policy direction and approves all WMPO plans, projects, and proposals. Regular meetings are generally held at 3:00 p.m. on the last Wednesday of each month, except December. For any other exceptions, please see adopted meeting schedule here. This meeting will be held at the 6th floor Training Conference Room at 320 Chestnut St. in downtown Wilmington.

The WMPO’s current planning area boundary includes New Hanover County, City of Wilmington, Town of Wrightsville Beach, Town of Carolina Beach, Town of Kure Beach, northern portions of Brunswick County, Town of Belville, Town of Leland, Town of Navassa, and southern portions of Pender County. Elected officials from each of these member jurisdictions comprise the WMPO Board, in addition to an elected official serving on the Cape Fear Public Transportation Authority’s Board and a member of the North Carolina Board of Transportation appointed by the Governor.


WMPO Board Meeting

Jul 26 2023

MPO Board (Board, formerly TAC):  The WMPO Board sets policy direction and approves all WMPO plans, projects, and proposals. Regular meetings are generally held at 3:00 p.m. on the last Wednesday of each month, except December. For any other exceptions, please see adopted meeting schedule here. This meeting will be held at the 6th floor Training Conference Room at 320 Chestnut St. in downtown Wilmington.

The WMPO’s current planning area boundary includes New Hanover County, City of Wilmington, Town of Wrightsville Beach, Town of Carolina Beach, Town of Kure Beach, northern portions of Brunswick County, Town of Belville, Town of Leland, Town of Navassa, and southern portions of Pender County. Elected officials from each of these member jurisdictions comprise the WMPO Board, in addition to an elected official serving on the Cape Fear Public Transportation Authority’s Board and a member of the North Carolina Board of Transportation appointed by the Governor.



Final Draft of 2024-2033 MPO/State Transportation Improvement Plan

Jun 2 2023

View the final draft of the 2024-2033 MPO/State Transportation Improvement Program here. The WMPO Board will open a 30-day public comment period on June 28th for the MPO Transportation Improvement Program. Comments can be sent by email to wmpo.org or by mail to:

Wilmington Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization
305 Chestnut Street
P.O. Box 1810
Wilmington, NC 28402


WMPO Board Meeting

May 31 2023

MPO Board (Board, formerly TAC):  The WMPO Board sets policy direction and approves all WMPO plans, projects, and proposals. Regular meetings are generally held at 3:00 p.m. on the last Wednesday of each month, except December. For any other exceptions, please see adopted meeting schedule here. This meeting will be held at the 6th floor Training Conference Room at 320 Chestnut St. in downtown Wilmington.

The WMPO’s current planning area boundary includes New Hanover County, City of Wilmington, Town of Wrightsville Beach, Town of Carolina Beach, Town of Kure Beach, northern portions of Brunswick County, Town of Belville, Town of Leland, Town of Navassa, and southern portions of Pender County. Elected officials from each of these member jurisdictions comprise the WMPO Board, in addition to an elected official serving on the Cape Fear Public Transportation Authority’s Board and a member of the North Carolina Board of Transportation appointed by the Governor.