Legislative Briefing ~ 6.7.17

June 9, 2017

Legislative Briefing ~ 6.7.17

Currituck Hurricane Information:

Last week’s Briefing included information on Dare County hurricane preparedness. Hurricane season officially began on June 1st. This week’s briefing focuses on hurricane preparedness in Currituck County.
Currituck has a great downloadable 4-page Hurricane Safety Guide with information on what to do before and after a storm, including evacuation re-entry information. The guide can be found here (PDF).
Share the link with your clients and colleagues. Copies of the guide can be obtained by calling Currituck Emergency Management at (252) 232-2115.
The County’s website has more information under the Emergency Management link. Check out these other online resources for disaster/storm information as noted on the County’s website:
North Carolina Dept. of Crime Control and Public Safety
Information about the National Flood Insurance Program
Spanish language website for hurricane preparedness

Dare County Septic Permitting Changes

Due to an audit by the State Health Department in December of 2016, Dare County has been forced to implement changes to the local septic permitting process that has been in place for 30 years. The changes became effective May 1st and are not the result of any rule change but due to new interpretation of the rules.
Jack Flythe, Dare County Environmental Health Supervisor, provided updated information to Outer Banks Association of Realtors® Legislative Committee members and Brokers-In-Charge recently. Flythe’s presentation may be referenced here (PDF).
The changes greatly impact homes with more than 4 bedrooms; what may have been allowed in the past will no longer be allowed. There are also changes to the protection of repair areas, water line setbacks and cover material for fill systems.
OBHBA and OBAR recognize the significant impact of these changes to private property owners and have been working with NCHBA and others on a possible remedy to the situation.

Town/County Updates

Dare CountyBeach Nourishment – The latest video update on beach nourishment.

Southern Shores – Word has it that Currituck Planning Director Ben Woody will be leaving his post in July to take a job in Asheville. Woody has seen the County through a comprehensive rewrite of its Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) and growth challenges throughout the County, especially the northern Outer Banks. OBAR and OBHBA extend best wishes to Ben in his future endeavors. From day one on the job several years ago, he has maintained an open-door policy and a balanced approach in working with OBAR/OBHBA reps; always willing to listen and collaborate to resolve issues affecting the real estate and development industries.

Duck – Town Council will hold two public hearings at their meeting on Wednesday:
• Consideration of a zoning ordinance amendment that would add Section 156.128(c) outlining standards for the consideration and approval of Special Exceptions for fill over 36 inches in depth
• Consideration of an ordinance amendment that would bring the Town’s sign standards into compliance with the sign content restrictions identified in the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in Reed v. Town of Gilbert.

Kill Devil Hills – A public hearing will be held on Monday, June 12th at 5:30 p.m. in the Board Room at Town Hall for Commissioners to consider a zoning ordinance text amendment that would allow for an increase in height from 42 feet to 50 feet, with conditions, for hotels and motels in the Ocean Impact Residential zone. More information on the proposal can be found here.
Commissioners scheduled a public hearing at their meeting last week for Wednesday, June 28th at 5:30 p.m. to consider limiting the size of single family dwellings in the Ocean Impact Residential (OIR) zone to 6,000 square feet of total enclosed habitable living space, which would include any habitable space in accessory structures. When resident Sharon Nelson presented the zoning ordinance amendment request to the Planning Board, the Planning Board recommended denial of the request.
More information on the background of the issue and the Town’s OIR zoning regulations can be found here.

Nags Head –The Town will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, June 7th at 11:30 a.m. on a draft comprehensive CAMA Land Use Plan Update. The draft is the culmination of two years of work and includes new Town initiatives and studies that have taken place since the current Land Use Plan became effective in 2010. The CAMA Land Use Plan is used as a guide for all future planning/development decisions made within the Town.
A copy of the 214-page plan can be found here (PDF).
The Town will also hold a public hearing on the proposed 2017-18 $20 million budget on Wednesday, June 7th at 9 a.m.

In the News

Duck beach nourishment project reaches first major milestone
Experts try to polish image of solar farms after Currituck ban
Mayors pledge to take the lead on fighting climate change
NC House votes 80-31 to approve budget with support from a few Democrats
Bag Ban Repeal, Topsail Dune Rule Advance
Institute’s Nancy White Picked for ECU Award

Upcoming Meetings

Wednesday, June 7
9:00 a.m. – Nags Head Board of Commissioners
11:30 a.m. – Nags Head Public Hearing, Land Use Plan Update
6:00 p.m. – OBHBA General Membership Meeting, Duck Woods Country Club
6:30 p.m. – Manteo Board of Commissioners
7:00 p.m. – Duck Town Council

Thursday, June 8
5:30 p.m. – OBAR Member Social, Waveriders, Nags Head

Monday, June 12 – Saturday, June 17
NAHB Mid-Year Meetings, Legislative Conference, Washington DC

Monday, June 12
5:30 p.m. – Kill Devil Hills Board of Commissioners
6:00 p.m. – Dare Planning Board
7:00 p.m. – Dare County Waterways Commission

Tuesday, June 13
9:30 a.m. – Oregon Inlet Task Force
6:00 p.m. – Manteo Planning and Zoning Board

Wednesday, June 14
6:30 p.m. – Duck Planning Board

Thursday, June 15
6:00 p.m. – Kitty Hawk Planning Board

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