Legislative Briefing ~ 10.31.17

Legislative Briefing ~ 10.31.17

Early Voting Ends on Saturday

Early voting ends this Saturday, November 4th. The Manteo Board of Elections office will be open thru Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to noon. The Kill Devil Hills Meeting Room will be open for voting through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The polls open at 6:30 a.m. on Tuesday, November 7th and close at 7:30 p.m.

Dare County’s website has complete information about the election and links to ballots for the towns of Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head and Manteo.

Request for Proposals – Consulting Services to Update Kill Devil Hills Land Use Plan

The Town Of Kill Devil Hills is requesting proposals be submitted from professional planning consulting firms for the purpose of updating the Town’s Coastal Area Management Act (CAMA) Land Use Plan (LUP). The Town is interested in engaging a project planning and management firm with the ability to be the lead agency in this project with assistance from Planning Department staff on components of this project. KDH has an existing LUP certified by the North Carolina Coastal Resources Commission (CRC) in 2000. Since the last LUP update, Kill Devil Hills has continued to experience significant growth and unique development challenges. A copy of the 1997 certified LUP, as well as a complete scope and purpose for this project, may be reviewed online.
The Town expects the firm hired to have considerable experience in the areas of coastal and resort planning and design, particularly in the Outer Banks region. Any firm submitting their proposals for consideration shall include a demonstrated ability to complete projects within targeted time frames and budgetary constraints. Negotiations of a fixed rate or ceiling of costs for services will be conducted. Interested firms must submit a letter of interest outlining their qualifications in accordance with the attached submission requirements to:
Town of Kill Devil Hills
Attn: Meredith B. Guns, Planning Director
Post Office Box 1719
Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948
Proposals should be submitted as soon as possible, but not later than Friday, November 10, 2017.

Town/County Updates

Dare County– “More to Love” Kitty Hawk and Buxton beach nourishment update.

Currituck– The Planning Board and the Land Use Plan Steering Committee will meet on Thursday, November 2nd at 2:30 p.m. in a joint work session with the Board of Commissioners at the Currituck County Senior Center.

Duck– Town Council meets this week and there are no public hearings scheduled. However, Council will be considering scheduling a public hearing on a zoning ordinance to clarify the approval process for stealth antennas and to update standards for small wireless facilities. Town Council will also be given an update on Dare County Flood Maps. Also on the Agenda is discussion to have the Community Development Staff work with the Planning Board on amendments to Town Code to bring Town regulations in compliance with recently adopted state legislation.

Kill Devil Hills– Last week, Commissioners provided property owners, residents and business owners of the Town to voice concerns and provide input to the town on various matters. The Public Forum attracted a couple dozen people of which most directed their comments at the NC General Assembly’s recent lifting of the Outer Banks’ plastic bag ban and what the Town might be able to do on the local level to discourage plastic bag use and/or coordinate an effort for reusable bag use. Amanda Hooper shared information on an effort called boomerang bags that puts handmade reusable bags in crates in the front of stores and then they are returned at the user’s convenience. More information on that world-wide project can be found using this link.
Planning Director Meredith Guns reported that over 1,700 people participated in the recent online Town survey. Comments are being compiled and will be shared in the near future. Sue Kelley, Chair of the Community Appearance Commission, shared information on the Committee’s efforts to reduce toxic cigarette butt litter. The Public Forum will air on Current TV-Government (Charter Spectrum Channel 191) on Wednesday, November 1st at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. You can stream it on any device as it airs from Current TV’s website at or you can watch it on demand using this link.

Nags Head – The Town has been working the last few months on stormwater management/runoff issues.
To see where maintenance work has taken place, check out the below drainage infrastructure maps:
Nags Head Maintenance North Map (PDF)
Nags Head Maintenance Mid Town Map (PDF)
Nags Head Maintenance South Map (PDF)
Town Manager Cliff Ogburn will provide Commissioners with an update on stormwater management projects at the Board’s meeting on Wednesday. Commissioners will also be scheduling a public hearing on amendments to the Town’s stormwater ordinance. The Planning Board recommended approval of the following stormwater amendments at their last meeting:
• Amending Best Management Practices (BMP) definition with Structural Control Measure (SCM) definition to align with the NCDEQ standard definition.
• Ensuring that driveways aren’t discharging water directly into the roadway.
• Allowing the placement of fill in limited circumstances to alleviate flooding without triggering full compliance with the stormwater ordinance.
• Requiring reclamation of roadway swales with new construction.
• Requirements for temporary stormwater measures at the initiation of land disturbance rather than at the end of construction.
• Stormwater management for all new construction projects, regardless of the volume of fill.

Manteo – The Town is seeking input as they begin the process to update the Town’s Land Use Plan. The Plan is a guide the Town uses for making decisions regarding growth and development, and input from residents, property owners and business owners are invaluable in planning for the future. Moving forward, the Town will be exploring potential options for the use of a number of properties in and around Town. By submitting your responses, the Town will be better equipped to assess needs and make decisions accordingly.
You can complete the survey online by clicking here.

In the News

Frisco Pier to be Torn Down

Senator Burr Discusses Mattamuskeet Problems

KDH Forum Focuses on Plastic Bags

Upcoming Meetings

Tuesday, October 31
3:00 p.m. – OBHBA Board of Directors

Wednesday, November 1
9:00 a.m. – Nags Head Board of Commissioners
7:00 p.m. – Duck Town Council

Thursday, November 2
2:30 p.m. – Joint Work-Session on Currituck Land Use Plan, Currituck Senior Center

Monday, November 6
9:00 a.m. – Dare Board of Commissioners
6:00 p.m. – Kitty Hawk Town Council
6:00 p.m. – Currituck Board of Commissioners

Tuesday, November 7
ELECTION DAY

Wednesday, November 8
5:30 p.m. – Southern Shores Town Council
6:30 p.m. – Duck Planning Board

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