Mission

The North Carolina Coastal Resources Law, Planning and Policy Center is an interinstitutional entity, the result of a partnership among North Carolina Sea Grant, the UNC School of Law and UNC Department of City and Regional Planning.

The Center coordinates and applies the legal, planning and policy expertise of the University of North Carolina System to the state’s pressing coastal, ocean resource and development issues.

The Center is a research, advisory and educational entity. It provides informational support to state agencies, state advisory groups, local governments, the legal community and community organizations in their efforts to address ocean, coastal and development issues.

In addition, the Center engages in long-term coastal use and development trends and issues. These results are communicated through white papers, as well as through the semiannual publication of Legal Tides, a newsletter that reaches more than 1,400 attorneys, state agency and local government personnel, and community organizations.

The Center also sponsors conferences and other educational programs in its efforts to extend pertinent information to coastal management professionals, community organizations and others with an interest in coastal issues.