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Sunset Beach: Capping Impervious at 30%? PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 11 April 2014 08:37
The Sunset Beach Town Council will meet on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 for a scheduled Work Session. The Planning Board will be in attendance during the Work Session to discuss with Council their UDO Amendment recommendations that they presented to the Council during the April 7, 2014 Regular Meeting.

The UDO recommendations from the Planning Board include ADDING a 30% cap on impervious coverage on lots in the majority of town zoning districts: Mainland Business 1, Mainland Business 2, Beach Residential 1, Beach Residential 2, Beach Business 1, Manufactured Home 1, Manufactured Home 2, and Recreational-Institutional 1.
 
For a 4,500 square foot lot at the beach (BR2), the maximum footprint would now be 1,350 square feet. This would have an exceptionally negative impact on future investment in Sunset Beach. Interestingly, the changes proposed would also potentially impact existing residences in the town. For example, if a hurricane damaged an existing home in the BR2 zoning area “to an extent exceeding fifty percent (50%) of its reproducible value,” it could only be built back under the new square footage guidelines.
 
The proposed 30% cap would also apply to commercial zoned areas of the town and recreational-institutional uses like churches and government buildings. 
 
Specific proposed language to be added to multiple zoning districts:
“Not more than 30% of total lot area may be covered by the main building, accessory structures, and impervious surfaces. This percentage may be exceeded with a solution approved by the Inspection Department. No landscaping using impervious materials such as solid plastic and vinyl will be permitted”

It should be noted that the town currently has a 30% cap on three zoning districts: Mainland Residential 1, Mainland Residential 2 and Mainland Multifamily Residential. The difference is that these lot sizes range from 10,000-40,000 square feet—not the 4,500 for beach lots. And not putting a significant obstacle in front of future commercial development in the town. 
 
To review the UDO Amendment recommendations, CLICK HERECLICK HERE
 
 
US Fish & Wildlife Service Reopens Comment Period on Red Knot, Hearing In Morehead City May 6 PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 07 April 2014 09:20
 The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has reopened the comment period on its proposal to list the red knot as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The Service proposed to list the knot on September 30, 2013, following an analysis of the best available data in more than 1,400 scientific documents. The public can provide comments on the proposed rule for 45 days through May 19, 2014.
 
The rufa red knot (Calidris canutus rufa), a robin-sized shorebird that visits the U.S. on its annual journey between the tips of the Americas. According to US Fish & Wildlife, it is “in trouble.”
 
During the initial comment period, the Service received more than 560 individual comments and 19,000 form letters. Public hearings, preceded by information sessions and opportunities to ask questions to Service biologists, will be held May 6, 2014, in Morehead City, N.C., and in Corpus Christi, Texas. 
 
The Service expects to take final action on the listing rule by the end of September 2014. As required by the ESA, the Service is also reviewing the U.S. range of the knot to identify areas that are essential for its conservation, called critical habitat. Critical habitat focuses the coordination of federal agencies, which are directed by the ESA to aid in the conservation of listed species. Examples of factors for determining species’ critical habitat include where it occurs and how often, and the most important defined areas that support its biological needs such as feeding or resting. For the knot, these elements may include sand dunes and wide, open beaches for roosting and habitat supporting prey like small clams. The Service expects to publish a separate rule proposing critical habitat in 2014.
 
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Oak Island Moratorium Update: Planning Board Acts On Vacation Rental Ordinance, Does Not Recommend Residential Cap PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 04 April 2014 07:17

An update on the ongoing Oak Island moratorium on 6+ bedroom houses:

In a meeting this past week which lasted nearly four hours, the Oak Island Planning Board met to consider a vacation rental ordinance and an ordinance which would cap residences at Oak Island at 5,000 square feet and 7 bedrooms.

BASE spoke during the public hearing, expressing significant concern with both items. The Planning Board modified the vacation rental ordinance, but recommended approval to the full Town Council. The Planning Board had no real discussion on the residential cap item and voted unanimously not to recommend approval.

BASE contends that the residential cap is actually a cap on future investment in the town and will have a negative impact on property values and force existing residents to continue to pay soaring water and sewer costs. Additionally, with stormwater impervious limits, setbacks, flood height requirements, town heigh requirements and other coastal regulations, the building envelope is already effectively bound in many cases.

Per the Town attorney, the vacation rental ordinance appears to be "plowing new ground in North Carolina." It will only apply to new homes and new rentals, as of the effective date of the ordinance. How this gets implemented will certainly be an issue with houses being sold, moving from rental to non-rental, etc.

Next Wednesday, April 16 at 9 AM, a Special Meeting of the Oak Island Town Council has been called to discuss the following: 

  • Public Hearing to receive citizens’ comments on proposed ordinance amendments to establish three classes of Vacation Rental as a use and all the associated restrictions and regulations.
  • Public Hearing to receive citizens’ comments on proposed ordinance amendments to cap residences at 5,000 square feet and seven bedrooms with one parking space required for each bedroom.
  • Public Hearing to receive citizens’ comments on extending the moratorium on building of homes with more than six bedrooms.
  • Council Consideration of items above
IF YOU HAVE INVESTMENTS IN OAK ISLAND, NOW IS THE TIME TO ACT. When we have an updated version of the vacation rental ordinance (as approved by the Planning Board) we will post it below. In the meantime, please contact Oak Island Town Council if you have concerns with this proposal.

 
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