Capital improvement projects are part of New Hanover County’s Capital Improvement Plan. The Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) helps the county maintain strong financial performance by establishing priorities, defining project schedules, and projecting fiscal resources. Proposals for projects are reviewed by a CIP Committee, including staff from several departments, and the County Manager, before being recommended to the Board of County Commissioners for adoption with the annual budget.
Each January, the CIP Committee updates the five-year capital plan and offers a recommendation to the County Manager on which projects to include in the annual budget. The County Manager includes capital projects in his recommended budget to the Board of County Commissioners and the board adopts the annual budget and capital projects together, typically in June of each year.
The CIP Committee reviews department requests for capital projects, including facilities, parks, sidewalks, drainage, or other large-scale projects. Capital projects typically cost $100,000 or more and require more than a year to complete. In reviewing and developing a recommendation for the County Manager, the CIP committee considers:
A capital project’s alignment with the county’s strategic plan
The impact the project will have on the community
The effect the project will have on services
The cost and resources available to fund the project