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Residential Construction In Carteret County NC – Public Discussions

Discussions centered around residential construction in the Carteret County NC communities of Newport, Morehead City, Beaufort, Atlantic Beach, Emerald Isle, and areas down east.

These discussions will become very significant as the new Interstate 42 comes online, as the population and economy grows, and as Cherry Point grows.

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Considering Newport (Highway 101), Beaufort, Morehead City, and areas on Bogue Banks to include Atlantic Beach and Emerald Isle, which town do you think will be most affected by new residential construction and why? Keep in mind that Interstate 42 will enter the county via Newport and be the closest town to Cherry Point.

Which towns and incorporated areas will likely see less new residential housing built and why?

Do you believe if the projections on the county doubling in year-around population and most certainly larger tourism visits that the county will have to have a third new bridge built over to Bogue Banks and why? How will the two lane Highway 58 be able to handle that traffic or be widened?

How could new residential construction in the entire county affect housing prices and appraisals?

What is unique about Carteret County’s marine and aquatic ecosystems that needs to be considered when talking about a boom in new residential construction?

As we discussed in another article on skilled trades being in high demand right now and being at crisis level as more work is done on Interstate 42 near Havelock, what needs to happen to get people to fill those jobs?

Certainly new schools will have to be built and upgraded to support a doubling of the population, and Carteret Health Care will as well. Many secondary roads in communities all over the county will have to be upgraded or widened.

This is going to mean a staggering amount of money that needs to come from somewhere. Where do you think it could possibly come from, or do you have concerns that the State of NC is forcing Interstate 42 on residents without a clear understand of all the new and upgraded infrastructure that will need to accompany the new interstate?

As a strong conservationist, what are your concerns about area beaches, sounds, rivers, and Croatan National Forest?

Considering the number of construction companies in Carteret County NC, do you think there is enough to support an incredible boom in new construction to support a doubling of the population? If not, what needs to be done to attract new construction companies and workers?

As a real estate agent or investor, what considerations do you have about the residential housing market in the county and other counties in beach communities across NC? What concerns do you have as a residential homeowner?

What other considerations do you have about new housing and construction that we did not touch on in this article?

Michael Sharp

Native of Carteret County NC, Father to Makayla and Savannah. You can add me on Facebook. Interest include web development, encryption, and other technologies.

One thought on “Residential Construction In Carteret County NC – Public Discussions

  • July 1, 2021 at 7:54 am

    I’ve seen a lot of news reports lately on new subdivisions being talked about and new zoning laws in Cedar Point, Cape Carteret, along Highway 24 in Morehead City, so clearly things are starting to heat up with new residential properties being built and new subdivisions being planned.

    No doubt this is directly impacted by Interstate 42. I sure hope municipal leaders and Carteret County Commissioners will keep our unspoiled beaches and environment in mind when moving in to this new thinking for the county.


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