Legislative Briefing ~ 11.28.17

Legislative Briefing ~ 11.28.17

New Faces Elected to Local Municipal Boards/Councils

The November General Election has come and gone and now the work begins for some newly elected local government Council and Commission members.
Taking the oath of office in December will be:
Duck – There was no opposition for any incumbent Council members. Monica Thibodeau, Don Kingston, Jon Britt, Nancy Caviness and Chuck Burdick will be sworn in for another term on December 6th.
Southern Shores – Incumbent Mayor Tom Bennett won another term; newly elected Jim Conners will join the Council at their December 5th Town Council meeting.
Kitty Hawk – Incumbents Councilman Craig Garriss and Mayor Gary Perry will be sworn in for another term at Town Council’s December 4th meeting.
Kill Devil Hills – Mayor Sheila Davies was re-elected. John Windley and Terry Gray were elected and will be sworn in at the Board’s meeting on December 11th.
Nags Head – Ben Cahoon, running unopposed, is the new Mayor. Webb Fuller and Michael Siers will be seated as new Commissioners at the next Board meeting.
Manteo – Bobby Owens won the Mayor’s race. Eddie Mann, Jr. joins Christine Walker and Richie Burke on the Board of Commissioners.

SUBMIT COMMENTS ON 25% HOMEOWNERS INSURANCE RATE INCREASE

The NC Rate Bureau submitted a Homeowners Insurance Filing representing an 18.7% average increase statewide. The homeowners filing will impact those with homeowners insurance policies – not dwelling policies. Homeowner policies typically cover properties that are primary residences; those homes that are owner-occupied.

To view the Rate Filing document use the following steps:
Click this link which will take you to the Property and Casualty Division Filing Search feature.
-Click on the “Search by SERFF Tracking Number of Company Name” menu bar.
-Click on the “Begin Search” menu button.
-Read the SERFF user agreement and click on the “Accept” button.
-Under “Business Type”, click the down arrow and select “Property and Casualty”
-In the “SERFF Tracking Number” field, type in the following number: NCRI-131271722

While the filing represents a statewide average increase of 18.7%, the increase would be capped at 25% for coastal communities if the filing is approved. The Rate Filing shows an “indicated need” for a 67 to 80+% increase for the barrier island portions of NC.

Please provide comments on this filing. There are three ways to do so:
1. Attend the Public Comment forum that will be held to listen to public input on the Rate Bureau’s rate increase request at the NC Department of Insurance’s Second Floor Hearing Room from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 12, 2017. The Department of Insurance is located in the Albemarle Building, 325 N. Salisbury St., Raleigh, NC.
2. Emailed public comments should be sent by Dec. 29, 2017 to: 2017HomeInsurance@ncdoi.gov
3. Written public comments should be mailed to Tricia Ford to be received by Dec. 29, 2017 and addressed to: 1201 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1201

All public comments will also be shared with the NC Rate Bureau. If Department of Insurance officials do not agree with the requested rates, they will be negotiated with the NC Rate Bureau. If a settlement cannot be reached within 50 days, a hearing will be called.
Settlements have been reached on rate filings in the past but if the case goes to a hearing, the hearing officer will rule on rates and any appeal would go through the court system. The rates set in these cases represent the highest amount allowable for all companies to charge.
OBAR/OBHBA Legislative Committees are in the process of reviewing the filing and formulating talking points opposing the increase.

Coyote Conflict Management Workshop Scheduled

The NC Wildlife Resources Commission will present a Coyote Conflict Management Workshop on Wednesday, December 6th from 6 to 7:30 p.m. This event will be hosted by the Town of Southern Shores. The event is free and open to the public and will take place at the Pitts Center located at 5375 N. Virginia Dare Trail, Southern Shores, NC 27949.

Town/County Updates

Dare County– The Board of Commissioners will conduct a public hearing on December 4th at 10 a.m. to solicit input on a proposed amendment to the County’s Code of Ordinances to allow members of the Board of Adjustments to reside anywhere in Dare County. Currently, only residents living in the unincorporated areas may serve. Planning Director Donna Creef said that removal of the residency limitation may allow for easier recruitment of volunteers.

Duck– Town Council will hold public hearings to consider the following zoning ordinance text amendments at 7 p.m. at their meeting on December 6th:
• Proposal to amend the Zoning Ordinance by clarifying the approval process for stealth antennas and updating standards for small wireless facilities consistent with recent State legislation.
• Application for a conditional use permit to apply the Village Commercial Development Option to a project involving the renovation of the existing two-bedroom residence, construction of a two-car garage, and construction of a mixed-use building with studio/showroom, office, and two-bedroom apartment at 102 Scarborough Lane.

You may contact Director of Community Development Joe Heard for more information about these proposals at (252) 255-1234 or jheard@townofduck.com.

Southern Shores– Town Council will hold a public hearing at their meeting on December 5th to consider a zoning ordinance text amendment to allow living space within accessory structures.

The application and related materials are available for public inspection at www.southernshores-nc.gov or during regular office hours at Town Hall. For additional information or questions, please contact Town Hall at (252) 261-2394 or email whaskett@southernshores-nc.gov .
The proposed ordinance can be found here.

In the News

Living Shorelines Program This Thursday

Burke Wins Manteo Commission Seat by a Coin Toss

Currituck – Plan in Place for Decrease in Occupancy Tax

Upcoming Meetings

Thursday, November 30
6:00 p.m. – Living Shorelines Program, Coastal Studies Institute

Friday, December 1
6:30 p.m. – OBAR Realtor Ball, Captain George’s Restaurant, Kill Devil Hills

Monday, December 4
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, December 5
5:30 p.m. – Southern Shores Town Council

Wednesday, December 6
6:00 p.m. – Coyote Conflict Management Workshop, Southern Shores Pitts Center
6:30 p.m. – Manteo Board of Commissioners
7:00 p.m. – Duck Town Council

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