Leland 2045: Planning for Generations

Leland 2045: Planning for Generations

On November 18, 2021, Leland Town Council adopted the Leland 2045 comprehensive land use plan, setting the policy direction for land use, development, and open space preservation as Leland grows, increases in population, and changes in demographics. Leland 2045 is a planning document that outlines goals, policies, and implementation strategies that were developed through a robust public engagement process. The purpose of Leland 2045 is to enable Leland officials and citizens to anticipate and constructively respond to growth and change, and to encourage the development of safe and healthy built and natural environments that create opportunities for all.

View the Leland 2045 Plan

Quarterly Updates

Between now and 2045, we are committed to providing quarterly updates on the progress made on this plan to show the initiatives taken towards building a better and brighter Leland.

Highly Valued and Protected Natural and Cultural Resources​: 

  • 335 pounds of trash and recycling collected during Community Stream Cleanup​.

  • Received $20,000 in Resilient Coastal Communities Program funding for engineering/design for a drainage plan​.

  • Received $258,429 from the N.C. Department of Agriculture's Streamflow Rehabilitation Assistance Program to conduct vegetative debris removal in Leland streams​.

  • Staff formed an internal Sustainability and Resiliency Committee.


Livable, Diverse, and Connected Neighborhoods that Accommodate Growth​:

  • Partnering with N.C. Forestry Service and N.C. Urban Forest Council to create a Tree Canopy Assessment.


A Resilient and Stable Economy​:

  • Annexed approximately 190 acres into the Town, roughly 59 of which were zoned commercial​.

  • The Interactive Gateway District Mapping Tool went live on the Town's website to guide redevelopment in the Gateway District.


An Inclusive, Supported, Healthy, Safe, and Educated Community​:

  • Partnering with Cape Fear River Watch to conduct research about how much litter enters our stormwater system​.

  • Launched the redesigned Town of Leland website to enhance user-friendliness and accessibility​.

  • Fire Station 53 opened and is operational​.

  • Fire Station 51 is under construction.


Infrastructure that Supports Community Life​:

  • Received $950,000 in funding from the Transportation Infrastructure Resiliency Fund for the Leland Resilient Routes Project.

  • Awarded a dual-port electric vehicle charging station for Founders Park through Volkswagen Public Access Program.


An Active Participant in a Cooperative Region:​

  • Entered into a Fire Automatic Aid Agreement with Winnabow Volunteer Fire Department​.

  • Partnered with Cape Fear River Watch to place 20 "Do Not Dump-Drains to Creek" markers on stormwater drains​.

  • Attended luncheon about planning in the region​.

  • Participating in regional Community Health Needs Assessment.


View the Full Quarterly Update View the August Newsletter

Highly Valued and Protected Natural and Cultural Resources​: 

  • 120 acres of land annexed for conservation​.

  • 1,380 pounds of trash and recycling cleaned during Employee Stream Cleanup​.

  • Two miles of waterways cleaned through USDA Emergency Watershed Protection Project​.

  • Open Space language to deed special environmental features within subdivisions as open space.


Livable, Diverse, and Connected Neighborhoods that Accommodate Growth​:

  • ADA Transition Plan to convert all Town facilities to be ADA compliant​.

  • Sweetbay Park acquired to establish a new 18-hole disc golf course​.

  • Founders Park awarded grant for upgrades for a Veterans memorial, splash pad, amphitheater, restrooms, and playground renovations.

  • Pedestrian improvements including sidewalks along Town Hall Drive, Old Fayetteville Road, and Village Road and a multi-use path extension.


A Resilient and Stable Economy​:

  • Public Safety department working to obtain the Storm Ready Community designation.

  • Leland Cultural Arts Center scholarship program​.

  • Economic Development Committee completed an update of the 2019 Economic Development Strategic Plan​.

  • Interactive mapping tool to guide redevelopment, economic growth, and public investment.


An Inclusive, Supported, Healthy, Safe, and Educated Community​:

  • Substantially completed the construction of Fire Station 53, staffing, and apparatus upgrades​.

  • Police Department completed the NCLM risk assessment affording the Town a reduction in insurance premium​.

  • Joined AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities to address multigenerational needs.​

  • Enviroscape presentations by Cape Fear River Watch at Leland Middle School to teach watershed management.​


Infrastructure that Supports Community Life​:

  • Old Fayetteville Road Multi-Use Path won an NCDOT Mobi Award.

  • Newly adopted open space regulations require major subdivisions to commit required riparian buffers, wetlands under federal or state jurisdiction, or special flood hazard areas towards passive open space requirements.


An Active Participant in a Cooperative Region:​

  • Leland Police and Fire/Rescue joined the Cape Fear Regional Special Operations Team to contribute to the safety and security of the region.​

  • Cape Fear River Watch LittaTraps Grant to collect data on pollutants entering the stormwater system​.

  • Off Duty Management to manage off-duty Police Officer employment​.

  • Participating in Cape Fear RISE to develop a portfolio of priority resilience projects that reduce risk.​


View the Full Quarterly Update