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Oak Island Update: Moratorium Expiring, A Vacation Rental Ordinance...And A Proposed Cap On Residential Size PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 28 March 2014 10:18
The Town of Oak Island established February’s moratorium “on development of homes with more than six bedrooms so as to provide sufficient time for the development of regulations.” With the expiration of the moratorium scheduled for April 21, the Town is quickly moving forward with several proposals.
 
The Oak Island Planning Board will hold a Special Meeting on Tuesday, April 1 at 1 p.m. in Council Chambers at the Oak Island Town Hall. The proposed agenda includes the Vacation Rental ordinance…and a new item which would cap the size of residences in Oak Island:
 
On the positive side, the proposed Vacation Rental regulations have been amended to add:
 
“All single family dwellings and residential structures in existence prior to the creation of the Vacation Rental Overlay Zones shall be exempt from the provision of the requirements set forth therein.”
 
Regarding the cap on residential size, it will be interesting to see how limiting investment in Oak Island will impact existing residents. Without expanding the customer base, the sole burden of rising water and sewer rates will fall on existing Oak Island residents.
 
The most recent article from the State Port Pilot is below.  
 
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New Subdivision? You May Want To Ensure Your Residents Are Getting Mail PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 07:50
If you have a new subdivision, you may want to doublecheck that your residents are getting their mail. Recently, an issue emerged in Raleigh regarding the US Postal Service and an unannounced policy switch requiring cluster mailboxes in new subdivisions. Instead of enabling delivery to individual homes, USPS has decided that “centralized delivery” is a more efficient way to provide mail service.
 
Historically, developers selected how mail would be delivered and then coordinated that with the Postal Service. But the agency took the decision out of developers' hands two years ago, determining the most efficient type of delivery for new neighborhoods.

Developers were never notified of the change, said Tim Minton, executive vice president of the Home Builders Association of Raleigh-Wake County.

Cary planning officials said they learned of the new rules only last fall. By then, they said, plans for Holland Farm and other subdivisions had been approved and didn't include any room for a cluster mailbox and associated parking.

In the meantime, below is a USPS Cluster Box builder/developer manual found online. This is from MN, but we expect that the document will be similar in North Carolina. Page 2 provides their reasoning, such as it is. We’re looking into the issue locally. If you or your residents run into issues in Southeastern North Carolina, let us know ASAP.
 

 

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Oak Island Moratorium Leads to Vacation Rental Ordinance Proposal PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 25 March 2014 15:34

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In February, the Town of Oak Island hastily called for a special meeting and public hearing to “establish a moratorium on development of homes with more than six bedrooms so as to provide sufficient time for the development of regulations.”

In spite of concerns raised by BASE, the Town moved forward with ordinance establishing a development moratorium through April 21, 2014 on homes with more than six bedrooms. The text of this resolution can be found herehere.

As passed by the Town, the moratorium is “for the purpose of developing and adopting new or amended plans or ordinances as to residential uses.”

The concern in this case is that the proposed moratorium is clearly inconsistent with a bill (H332-Clarify Development Moratoria AuthorityH332-Clarify Development Moratoria Authority) which was passed by the General Assembly and signed into law in 2011. This law prohibits moratoria “to provide sufficient time for the development of regulations”...exactly the situation we have here. 

The conflict in this situation is clear. Prior to their meeting to take action, BASE was in contact with the Town, including the Mayor and legal counsel, regarding this issue. BASE values our working relationships with local governments throughout our areas of coverage and strives to work collaboratively with local elected officials and staff.

Nonetheless, the Town moved forward with the moratorium and has subsequently proposed “ordinance revisions for Vacation Rentals” which can be found herehere

The Town Planning Board will be considering these revisions at their regular meeting on April 1. 

 
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