Legislative Briefing ~ 10.11.17

Legislative Briefing ~ 10.11.17

Dare League of Women Voters – Election and Candidate Forum Info

The public is invited to attend the following remaining Candidate Forum:
Southern Shores Candidate Forum, Wednesday, October 11th, 7- 9 p.m., Pitts Center

Last Day for Voter Registration is THIS FRIDAY- October 13th

Registration books close at 5 p.m.
Early Voting Next Thursday, October 19th – Saturday, November 4th, Manteo Board of Elections Office & the Kill Devil Hills Meeting Room. The early voting process allows registered voters to appear in person at one of the designated locations to vote prior to Election Day. In Manteo Mon – Fri 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturday, November 4th from 8:30 a.m. to noon; KDH early voting hours, Mon – Fri 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Election Day, Tuesday, November 7th

Dare County residents may vote for Town government positions in all 6 Towns.

Citizen Input Requested for Future COA Development

As College of The Albemarle plans for future development of the Dare County campus, the Dare County Board of Commissioners is providing time on their October 16 meeting agenda for citizens to share their thoughts about future facility and program needs.

With approximately $1.5 million allocated to the COA – Dare Campus from last year’s “Connect NC” state bond referendum and another $7.5 million included in the County’s most recent Capital Improvements Plan (CIP), the next step in the process is to hire an architect to begin the design process. The proposed curriculum will be critical in determining the design.

“Community members, particularly employers, are encouraged to take this opportunity to provide input and help shape the curriculum and needs for our local campus,” said Chairman Bob Woodard. “It is important for COA to know what our employers needs are so the campus can be planned to allow students to get the necessary skills.”

This Public Forum will be held at 5:30 p.m., Monday, October 16, 2017 in the Commissioner’s Meeting Room at the Dare County Administration Building, 954 Marshall Collins Drive in Manteo. A separate forum will be scheduled for Hatteras Island.

Representatives from COA’s Leadership Team will attend the Board of Commissioners meeting to receive public input on this issue.

For more information, contact Dare County Public Relations at 252.475.5900.

Wright Memorial Bridge – Eastbound Lane to Close

Last week, workers with the NC DOT and Flatiron Construction began the process of closing the eastbound Wright Memorial Bridge at the Currituck/Dare County line. All traffic will eventually be shifted onto the westbound bridge in a two-lane, two-way pattern.
The shift will begin for eastbound traffic near the intersection of U.S. 158 and Pine Grove Lane and end on the other side of the bridge near the intersection of U.S. 158 and Dogwood Trail. During the closure, speed limits in the work zone will be reduced to 45 miles per hour.
The closure will allow crews to perform repair and refurbishment work on the surface of the eastbound bridge. Traffic is scheduled to be restored to both sides of the bridge by May 14, 2018.
The work is part of an overall $21 million project to refurbish the Wright Memorial Bridge. The project is funded by an initiative designed to improve the conditions and increase the lifespans of high value bridges across the state.
Motorists are advised to use caution while traveling in the area and to expect delays. For real-time travel information, visit DriveNC.gov or follow NCDOT on Twitter.

KDH Land Use Plan Survey Deadline THIS FRIDAY!

The Town of Kill Devil Hills is updating its Land Use Plan. This important document provides policy guidance for future growth and development. All property owners and residents are encouraged to provide the Town with their input and opinions by completing the survey. This information will be extremely valuable to the Board of Commissioners as it gauges attitudes on growth and development.If you own property, live or work in Kill Devil Hills, please take a minute and fill out the survey.

Click here to being the survey.
The survey will close on Friday, October 13th.

If you have any questions please call the Planning Department at (252) 449-5318.

Town/County Updates

Currituck County – Reminder: The Planning and Community Development Department will hold one more training class to teach citizens how to use the online permit system. The final “Citizen Self Service” class will be held on Tuesday, October 24th, 10 a.m. at the Corolla Library.
Attendees will learn how to register an account; apply for online permits; upload documents; search existing permits; view inspection results and plan review results; pay for permits, utility bills, and taxes.
For more information, contact Bill Newns at (252) 232-6023 or bill.newns@currituckcountync.g**ov.

Southern Shores– Town Council postponed action and referred back to the Planning Board a zoning ordinance text amendment to allow living space within accessory structures. Council felt the language was not as clear as it should be regarding the difference between the definition of living space, dwelling unit and accessory structure. The issue will likely be heard again at the December Town Council meeting.

Duck– Last week, Council took the following action:

• No action on setting standards and permitting the installation of a single post-and-rail structure down the eastern side of the primary dune in the beach nourishment project area
• Unanimously approved a zoning ordinance text amendment to change the definition of “Lot Coverage” by establishing that public sidewalks and similar public improvements located on privately owned properties shall not be included in the calculation of lot coverage.
The Police Chief requested that the Town work on a policy or ordinance regarding the use of both street legal and other golf carts that are frequently driven illegally on the Town’s multi-use path.

Kitty Hawk– At this Thursday’s Planning Board meeting, members will consider an application for a zoning ordinance text amendment that would allow one accessory dwelling unit – attached or detached – per residential lot.

Nags Head– The Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a zoning ordinance text amendment application submitted by Jim Rose to allow dormitory style housing “Dormitory/Multifamily, Mixed Development” as a Conditional Use within the C-2, General Commercial Zoning District with a slight modification to ensure the requirement of sprinklers was included in the ordinance.
Other items on Wednesday’s Agenda:
Commissioners also approved a Site Plan submitted by Quible & Associates, P.C. on behalf of Outer Banks Hospital, Inc. for construction of a 4,516 sq. ft. radiation therapy building and a Site Plan submitted by Bohler Engineering NC, PLLC for construction of a 35,962 sq. ft. Lidl grocery store and necessary site improvements at 2316 S. Croatan Highway – currently the site of Kelly’s Restaurant and Tavern. The plan was approved with a condition that an island be enlarged to preserve a cluster of live oaks to the greatest extent feasible.

In the News

Outer Banks shoppers can choose paper – or plastic

As climate warms, human disease risk from bay oysters will grow, study say

For the first time in 45 years, hunting alligators could become legal in North Carolina

US Supreme Court declines to take up former residents’ beach case

U.S. Supreme Court denies family’s petition over public use of ocean beaches

Upcoming Meetings

Wednesday, October 11
6:30 p.m. – Duck Planning Board
7:00 p.m. – Dare LWV Southern Shores Candidate Forum, Pitts Center

Thursday, October 12
6:00 p.m. – Kitty Hawk Planning Board

Monday, October 16
5:00 p.m. – Dare Board of Commissioners
6:00 p.m. – Currituck Board of Commissioners

Tuesday, October 17
9:00 a.m. – Southern Shores Town Council
2:30 p.m. – Nags Head Planning Board
5:30 p.m. – Kill Devil Hills Planning Board

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