Willo’s Legislative Briefing

Legislative Briefing ~ 6.20.17

REMINDER: Colington Road Improvements – Public Meeting

Reps from N.C. Department of Transportation will hold an open format, public meeting regarding the proposed improvements to Colington Road (S.R. 1217) on June 29th from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Kill Devil Hills Town Hall – Commissioners Meeting Room, located at 102 Town Hall Drive.

Improvements proposed for Colington Road vary along the roadway. From the end of Colington Road to Colington Drive, proposed improvements are limited to repaving the road. From Colington Drive to Baum Bay Drive, Colington Road will be widened to two 11-foot travel lanes with 10-foot shoulders (7-foot paved) on each side to accommodate bicycles. In addition, the road will be raised in areas to reduce flooding. From Baum Bay Drive to Bermuda Bay Boulevard, a new multi-use path will be built on the south side of Colington Road. This multiuse path will tie into the existing path on the south side to the east of Bermuda Bay Boulevard. This section of Colington Road will also be resurfaced, but there will be no changes to the existing typical section on the north side of the road. From Bermuda Bay Boulevard to just east of Veterans Drive, proposed improvements are again limited to repaving the road. From this point to the U.S. 158 intersection, the proposed typical section on Colington Road includes 11- foot travel lanes, as well as two 11-foot left-turn lanes and an 11-foot right-turn lane eastbound at the U.S. 158 intersection. The proposed project is about 4.3 miles long.

The purpose of the project is to reduce roadway flooding and improve the operation and safety of Colington Road. The public may attend at any time during the hours mentioned above. NCDOT representatives will be available to answer questions and discuss the proposed project. Opportunities to submit written comments will be provided at the meeting.

Municipal Election – Filing Period Begins July 7th

The filing period for nonpartisan municipal elections begins at 12 – noon on Friday, July 7th. The filing period will close at 12 – noon on Friday, July 21st. Candidates seeking election to non-partisan municipal offices may file a Notice of Candidacy at the office of the Dare County Board of Elections. Currituck County does not have any incorporated towns, therefore, no municipal election. Any qualified voter, who is at least 21 years of age, may be elected to a public office. For a municipal office, the candidate must also be a registered voter in the municipality or municipal district. The Election will be held on Tuesday, November 7th. There are seats in each Dare County municipality in which incumbents terms are expiring.

Town/County Updates

Dare CountyBeach Nourishment – The latest video update on beach nourishment (June 16th).

Duck – On Wednesday, July 5th at 7 p.m., Town Council will conduct public hearings and consider the following:
• Proposal to amend the zoning ordinance to address beach and dune standards changing as a result of the Town’s beach nourishment project. Specifically, the proposed text amendment would establish a static line of stable vegetation and place limitations on when beach bulldozing is permitted in the beach nourishment project area.
• Proposal to amend the zoning ordinance to establish standards for dune walkovers within the beach nourishment project area. Specifically, the proposed text amendment will permit hardened beach walkover structures (ramps/stairs/landings) on the western side of the primary dune and beach access matting over the top and down to the toe of the dune on the eastern side.
You can contact Director of Community Development Joe Heard for more information about these proposals at (252) 255-1234 or jheard@townofduck.com. You can download the meeting agenda and staff report 5 days prior to the meeting here.

Southern Shores – The Planning Board met on Monday and unanimously approved zoning text amendments, referred by the Town, regarding residential accessory structures that include living space. The Board recommended approval of grandfathering existing structures with living space above the regulatory flood protection elevation that were in existence as of January 1, 2017. It was discovered last year that living space in accessory structures was in violation of Town Code and many existing structures, although legally permitted, were in conflict with the Town’s zoning ordinance.
If approved by the Town Council, this would provide relief for homeowners who unknowingly found themselves with an illegal non-conforming structure and prohibit repairs/ maintenance on the accessory structures. There have been no accessory structures built within the Town with living space since January 1st of this year. Planner Wes Haskett stated that discussion would be ongoing in the future regarding possible options on allowing accessory structures with living space.

Kill Devil Hills – Reminder: A public hearing will be held on Wednesday, June 28th at 5:30 p.m. to consider limiting the size of single family dwellings in the Ocean Impact Residential (OIR) zone to 6,000 square feet of total enclosed habitable living space, which would include any habitable space in accessory structures. When resident Sharon Nelson presented the zoning ordinance amendment request to the Planning Board, the Planning Board recommended denial of the request. More information on the background of the issue and the Town’s OIR zoning regulations can be found here.

Nags Head – This Wednesday’s Board of Commissioners meeting will be held in the south wing of the Douglas Remaley Fire Station, located at 5314 S. Croatan Hwy, across from Town Hall. The Board will be considering adoption of the almost $17 million 2017/18 fiscal year budget and an updated consolidated fee schedule.
The consolidate fee schedule with changes highlighted in red can be found here.
The Planning Board meets on Tuesday, June 20th and will be considering the following:
• A zoning ordinance text amendment to allow accessory commercial piers with transient boats slips in the Commercial Outdoor Recreation Overlay District.
• A site plan to reconstruct the Bonnett Street Bath House. A
• A final recommendation on the FOCUS Nags Head Draft Comprehensive Plan.

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Upcoming Meetings

Tuesday, June 20
2:30 p.m. – Nags Head Planning Board
5:30 p.m. – Kill Devil Hills Planning Board

Wednesday, June 21
4:00 p.m. – Manteo Board of Commissioners
7:00 p.m. – Nags Head Board of Commissioners

Tuesday, June 27
3:00 p.m. – OBHBA Board of Directors

Wednesday, June 28
5:30 p.m. – Kill Devil Hills Board of Commissioners

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