Special Projects & Grants

Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning Project -

In August 2006, the New Bern Board of Aldermen approved the City's first comprehensive bike plan. The plan was a community effort with information gathered from all ages, cultures and economic backgrounds.

The plan was funded with a grant from NCDOT and emphasizes three E’s:

  • Education - Rules of the Road
  • Enforcement - Targeting Behaviors
  • Encouragement - Learn New Behaviors

Additionally, the plan lays out a 20-year vision of bike loops with varying levels of improvements required to complete the routes.

The Bike Plan may be reviewed in its entirety at the Planning office (third floor Dunn Building at 248 Craven Street). There is also a copy in the New Bern-Craven County Library at 400 Johnson Street.


Regional CAMA Land Use Plan - The City of New Bern has received funding to update the Regional CAMA Land Use Plan. This plan is funded through the Division of Coastal Management and updated every five years. CAMA is an acronym for Coastal Area Management Act first enacted in 1972 requires each of the 20 coastal counties to have a local land-use plan in accordance with guidelines established by the Coastal Resources Commission.

The CRC's guidelines provide a common format for each plan and a set of issues that must be considered during the planning process; however, the policies included in the plan are those of the local government, not of the CRC. By law, the role of the CRC is limited to determining whether plans have been properly prepared.

Each land-use plan includes local policies that address growth issues such as the protection of productive resources (i.e., farmland, forest resources, fisheries), desired types of economic development, natural resource protection and the reduction of storm hazards.

The Regional Land Use Plan will be a joint effort between New Bern, River Bend and Trentwoods and is expected to begin in 2007.

World Town Planning Day - Sponsored in the U.S. by the American Planning Association (APA) and its professional institute, the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), World Town Planning Day will be celebrated in 30 countries on four continents annually on November 8 th. The international organization for WTPD was founded in 1949 by the late Professor Carlos Maria della Paolera of the University of Buenos Aires to advance public and professional interest in planning both locally and abroad. It is a special day to recognize and promote the role of planning in creating livable communities.


City of New Bern
PO Box 1129
New Bern, NC 28563-1129
Planning/Inspections Main # (252) 639-7581
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