A Guide to Sustainable Development Down East

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Coastal North Carolina is facing a crisis. Small towns up and down the coast are facing development pressures, population booms, environmental degradation, and loss of the working waterfront and traditional cultures. The cluster of communities known as Down East is especially susceptible to these pressures. These communities are unzoned and unincorporated. Therefore, the Carteret County Commissioners have full decision-making power over the communities of Down East. My masters project serves as a resource document that will educate and guide Down East through its fight for sustainable development, environmental restoration and economic improvement. The necessary information exists, but its not all in one place, its not easy to find and its hard to understand. This includes information on incorporation, smart growth, low impact development and economic renewal. Therefore, this guide pulls together all of the relevant information into one document and includes numerous examples. Information on current activities involving the problems Down East and on future research possibilities is also provided at the end of the resource document. Most importantly, the guide is a neutral and unbiased collection of relevant information. Therefore, I will not be making any recommendations at the end of the guide. I have simply tried to provide an unbiased summary of the information necessary for Down East residents to make an informed decision about their future.





Korth, Jennifer (2007). A Guide to Sustainable Development Down East. Master's project, Duke University. Retrieved from https://hdl.handle.net/10161/365.

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