Welcome to the North Carolina Coastal Resources Law, Planning and Policy Center. The Center is a partnership of North Carolina Sea Grant, the UNC School of Law and UNC Department of City and Regional Planning. It serves the citizens of North Carolina by bringing together the resources provided by its partners to address contemporary coastal issues.

Our Mission

The North Carolina Coastal Resources Law, Planning and Policy Center is an inter-institutional entity to coordinate and apply 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 intending 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 available on our Web site, as well as through the semi-annual 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.