Willo’s Legislative Briefing

Legislative Briefing ~ 8.16.17

Southern Shores Planning Board Meeting on Monday, August 21st

Height Amendment on the Agenda

The Southern Shores Planning Board meets on Monday, Augusts 21st at 5:30 p.m. On the Agenda is consideration of a Zoning Text Amendment application submitted by Jeffrey H. Haskett Homes, Inc., to amend Town Code to establish new building height requirements. Haskett’s proposal is to have height measured from the pre-disturbed lot condition defined as the average elevation of the finished or original grade.

The Board may also continue discussion of Module One of the Town Code Project Update. At a special meeting earlier this month, Planning Board members reviewed zoning ordinance recommendations which included changes to lot coverage and height requirements.
Regarding height, the Board discussed eliminating the top plate requirement and measuring the maximum height of 35 feet from the average of the corners of original grade instead of the lowest of four corners. Many property owners have complained in recent years that the current method of calculating height forces properties to be built too low and causes land disturbance/removal when it is unnecessary and actually harmful for future stormwater/drainage management. Many items were reviewed on lot coverage; specifically what would and would not contribute to lot coverage. The Planning Board may recommend a less restrictive approach on pervious materials and pool areas in the lot coverage calculation. For additional information or questions, please contact Town Hall at (252) 261-2394 or email whaskett@southernshores-nc.gov.

Meeting TONIGHT on Hatteras Power Outage

Dare County will host an informal community meeting tonight, Wednesday, August 16th at 6:30 p.m. at the Fessenden Center in Buxton to discuss the recent power outage. The public forum will provide an opportunity for citizens, business owners and property owners to share their experiences with County officials. In addition, information regarding assistance for individuals in need will be available.Meeting TONIGHT on Hatteras Power Outage

Mid-Currituck Bridge Stories

The Town of Duck is requesting stories and testimonials about how important the Mid-Currituck Bridge is for the Outer Banks community. Please submit a short, one paragraph story explaining how the bridge would benefit individuals, as well as the entire Outer Banks community. Stories can be submitted by email to Betsy Trimble at btrimble@townofduck.com or may be brought to the Town Hall.

Town/County Updates

Dare County – Beach Nourishment – The latest video update on beach nourishment (August 11th).

Community Conservation Assistance Program – The Dare Soil and Water Conservation District is seeking applicants for the Community Conservation Assistance Program. The program provides an opportunity for public and private landowners interested in implementing best management practices, or BMPs, to decrease pollution from stormwater runoff and protect water quality. BMPs include options such as pet waste receptacles, cisterns, rain gardens, permeable pavement and similar practices.
Interested landowners must apply by 5 p.m. on August 25th. Applications are ranked based on local water quality priorities and, if eligible, a conservation plan is prepared. Landowners may receive financial assistance of up to 75 percent of the pre-established average cost of the BMP.
For application assistance or questions, contact Ann Daisey at the Dare Soil and Water Conservation District office at 252-475-5853.

Kitty Hawk – Beach nourishment continues in Kitty Hawk. Great Lakes is currently pumping 300 feet south of Maynard Street in a northward direction. They are pumping from the Bennett/Luke St subline. Once they reach the completed beach at Fonck street they will flip and pump south from the same subline. The beach access at Maynard Street is currently closed to the public. Pedestrians are able to access the nearest open beach by walking along the crest of the dune.

Kill Devil Hills – At their meeting this week, the Board of Commissioners discussed regulatory options for large single-family dwellings. After much discussion, it was the consensus of the Board to not take action at this time to regulate the size of single family structures. Commissioner Brandi Rheubottom stated, “I completely support maintaining the quality of the uniqueness of the Outer Banks. However, I don’t think limiting the size is going to change the uniqueness of the Outer Banks. It is not fair to say big houses are bad.” Other Commissioners agreed that KDH is the largest municipality in Dare County and larger structures are still in demand but did feel that more needs to be done to address safety in very large dwellings. The Board directed staff to draft a letter to the NC Building Code Council expressing these concerns. The letter will be reviewed at the next Board meeting. Government Affairs Liaison Willo Kelly requested that leadership of the Outer Banks Home Builders Association, familiar with recent discussion and action regarding larger single family dwellings, meet with Town staff to provide background and input on the matter. The Board welcomed the opportunity to meet and discuss further.

Duck – New hazards have been identified in the surf zone north of the Duck Research Pier. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory Field Research Facility (FRF) has put out a notice that swimming and surfing is prohibited on the north end of the FRF property (1261 Duck Rd) to avoid a hazardous area used for research. Research instruments are mounted on 20 ft-long steel pipes that are jetted into the seafloor and 3-6 ft of the pipe still protrudes from the seafloor. The pipes may even stick out of the water on very low tides. While the pipes provide stable platforms for measurements, they create an extreme hazard to swimmers and surfers and the area should be avoided. Click here for more information.

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Upcoming Meetings

Thursday, August 17
6:00 p.m. – Kitty Hawk Planning Board

Monday, August 21
9:30 a.m. – Oregon Inlet Task Force
5:00 p.m. – Dare Board of Commissioners
5:30 p.m. – Southern Shores Planning Board
6:00 p.m. – Currituck Board of Commissioners

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