Legislative Briefing ~ 4.16.18

Legislative Briefing ~ 4.16.18

Flood Maps – Know Your Zone/New Informative Web Site


Dare County’s Program for Public Information/Flood Insurance Community Rating System (CRS) Committee met last week and discussed a flood map education and awareness campaign and local flood elevation standards/freeboard regulations. Dare Planning Director Donna Creef led the discussion and shared that Dare County should soon receive their revised preliminary flood maps for Review and Comment and by this time next year, Dare County should be in the 6-month adoption period. This puts the effective date of the maps approximately sometime early summer of 2019. The timeframe for Currituck’s preliminary maps to become effective is similar.

PLEASE TAKE NOTE: The preliminary maps show many properties in Dare County being removed from the special flood hazard area (AE or VE zone) and being shown in an X zone. For the past year, there has been a county-wide effort that has focused on historical and future flooding hazards that were not addressed in the development of the preliminary maps. Instead of appealing the maps and holding up their adoption even further, local leaders came together to tackle this issue with forward thinking and a proactive approach. The outcome of “taking ownership of our own problems” will result in a more resilient community and lower flood insurance costs when maps change in the future.
Leadership of the Outer Banks Home Builders Association in collaboration with Dare County Planner Donna Creef, Town Planners, Engineers/Surveyors, OBAR reps and others have been hard at work to develop local elevation standards that are above what is shown on the preliminary maps. The standards will more accurately reflect local flooding hazards. The higher local elevation standards will be used for new development and re-development projects; the maps will be used for insurance rating purposes only thus allowing property owners to take advantage of much lower flood insurance premiums. The new elevation standards will apply to all X-zone and Shaded X-zone properties. Properties mapped to VE or AE zones will have a freeboard requirement of possibly 4 feet or more. Local governments will adopt the elevation standards prior to the preliminary flood maps becoming effective.
To summarize, those involved in the building or real estate industry should not use the preliminary mapped base flood elevations for future planning purposes or for marketing the potential re-development of a property. The preliminary maps may show that a property owner can now enclose a first floor or build slab on grade on the oceanfront. This will likely not be permitted when local standards are adopted!

Know Your Zone – “Low Risk” is Not “No Risk”: Check out www.obxFloodMaps.comfor more information. While property owners in an X-zone are not mandated to carry flood insurance, a local campaign is underway to encourage ALL property owners to have coverage. The flood maps do not address flooding from heavy rain events and other storm scenarios which have caused major flooding and property damage on the Outer Banks. After all, the Outer Banks is surrounded by water – a property owner would be “flood foolish” to not have coverage!

FYI – Dare County Planning Director Donna Creef will be discussing the above and distributing “Know Your Zone” brochures at this Wednesday’s BIC breakfast meeting.

Dare County Land Use Plan Meetings Scheduled

The Dare County Planning Board and staff will conduct a series of workshops to kick-off the update process of the Dare County Land Use Plan.

The workshops will be held at the following locations. All meetings start at 5:00 p.m.:
• Monday, April 23rd, Dare County Administration Building
• Tuesday, April 24th, Fessenden Center, Buxton
• Wednesday, April 25th, Baum Center, Kill Devil Hills
The purpose of the workshops is to solicit input from citizens and property owners on the vision statement and policies of the Dare County Land Use Plan. As one of the twenty coastal counties, Dare County is required by the State of North Carolina to adopt a comprehensive Land Use Plan and update the plan every five to ten years. The current land use plan was certified by the State of North Carolina in 2011.

For additional information, contact Planning Director Donna Creef at (252) 475-5873.

REMINDER: Currituck to Hold Moyock Open House on Tuesday, April 17th

Currituck County is inviting the public to attend a Moyock Open House on April 17th to discuss a variety of topics important to the Moyock community. The Open House will be held from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. in the gymnasium at Moyock Elementary School. Citizens may drop in during this time to meet with county government and school district personnel. Information stations will be set up to allow citizens an opportunity to easily discuss various topics with county staff.
Topics will include Currituck Station, Economic Development, Emergency Services, Moyock Park, Public Utilities, Schools and Storm Water Management
For more information, contact the Currituck Planning Department at 252-232-3055.

Early Voting – April 19th

Learn More about the Candidates – Dare LWV YouTube Channel

One-stop absentee voting begins this Thursday, April 19th and runs through Saturday, May 5th for the May 8th Primary Election. Want to find out more – check out the League of Women Voters site http://www.vote411.org/
One-Stop Voting Dare County:
Dare County Administration Building, Manteo
Pitts Center, Southern Shores
Kill Devil Hills Town Hall
Fessenden Center, Buxton
For Dare County location hours and more information, click here.

One-Stop Voting – Currituck County: Board of Elections office
April 19 – May 2, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, May 3 and Friday, May 4: 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 5: 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Registered voters who do not cast ballots during the One-Stop period may vote on May 8 at their assigned polling precinct. All precincts will be open on May 8 from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Anyone with questions may call the Currituck Board of Elections at 252-232-2525.
Currituck Primary Election Sample Ballots:
Democratic Primary
Republican Primary

Learn More About the Candidates:
Dare County League of Women Voters YouTube Channel: If you missed the recent candidate forums, you can view them on the link below:
Outer Banks Voice
The Daily Advance
Candidate Forum April 20: A Candidate Forum, sponsored by the Outer Banks Voice, will be held in Dare County on Friday, April 20th at Waveriders Deli in Nags Head starting at 7 pm.

NAR – The Voice for Real Estate: Focus on Flood Insurance, Rural Home Loans, More!

On the National Association of REALTORS ® home page, www.nar.realtor, there is a button on the right side “The Voice for Real Estate”. Last week’s video featured information on Flood Insurance, Rural Loans and more. The weekly video provides a great update on current events and real estate industry news. Check it out and stay informed!

Town/County Updates

Duck – Town Council meets on Wednesday, April 18th at 1 p.m. Town Manager Chris Layton will present the FY 2019 Proposed Budget.

Southern Shores – The Planning Board meets on April 16th at 5:30 p.m. in the Pitts Center and will consider the following:
• a Zoning Text Amendment application submitted by the Southern Shores Volunteer Fire Department to amend Town Code to establish parking, signage, and setback requirements for Fire Stations;
• A Zoning Text Amendment application submitted by the Town to establish new lot coverage requirements. Theses proposed changes include the following additions under “Maximum Allow Lot Coverage”:
– Pervious materials and turfstone/pavers for driveways and parking areas contribute 50% to lot coverage.
– Gravel walkways shall not contribute to lot coverage.
– Gravel or grass driveways with a pervious base shall not contribute to lot coverage.
– The outermost 4 feet of eaves shall not contribute to lot coverage.
– Up to 500 square feet of the water area of swimming pools shall not contribute to lot coverage.
– Open-slatted decks constructed over pervious material, not exceeding a total of 25% of the total footprint area of the attached single-family dwelling, shall not contribute to lot coverage.
• A Zoning Text Amendment application to amend Town Code to establish Ice Cream shops as a Conditional Use in the C, General Commercial zoning district and applicable parking requirements; and
• A Conditional Use Permit application to open an Ice Cream Shop at 5415 N. Croatan Hwy.
The applications 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.

Kitty Hawk – The Planning Board meets this Thursday, April 19th and will discuss the following:
• A proposed text amendment proposed by staff that would restrict the Board of Adjustment membership to residents of Kitty Hawk; and
• A zoning ordinance text amendment that would allow for additional lot coverage when permeable pavement is used.

Kill Devil Hills – The Planning Board meets on Tuesday, April 17th and will hold a work session on the Land Use Plan update.

Nags Head – Oceanfront property owners have the ability to place sand along the eastern face of their dune and/or construct a dune to protect their property from erosion. This would involve importing sand via truck from another location and placing it on their property. If the property is located within the beach nourishment area, the Town may be able to identify available sand from other properties that could be used for this purpose. If excess sand has accumulated around a structure and needs to be relocated, the Town can also assist with this process. Permits are required for these types of activities. For more information, please contact Todd Krafft at (252) 449-6047 or at todd.krafft@nagsheadnc.gov.

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Upcoming Meetings

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

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

Wednesday, April 18
8:00 a.m. – OBAR BIC Breakfast, Mako’s Beach Grille
4:00 p.m. – Manteo Board of Commissioners

Thursday, April 19
Early Voting Begins!
3:00 p.m. – OBHBA Legislative Committee
6:00 p.m. – Kitty Hawk Planning Board

Friday, April 20
7:00 p.m. – The Outer Banks Voice Candidate Forum, Waveriders, Nags Head

Monday, April 23
5:00 p.m. – Dare Land Use Plan Workshop, Manteo

Tuesday, April 24
5:00 p.m. – Dare Land Use Plan Workshop, Fessenden Center, Buxton
5:30 p.m. – Kill Devil Hills Board of Commissioners, Public Forum

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