KDH Planning Board recommends stormwater and sewage disposal changes

Published 11:28 am Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Kill Devil Hills Planning Board members at their July 16 meeting recommended zoning amendment changes for stormwater management and sewage disposal sections of the town code.

According to senior planner Cameron Ray, the existing stormwater requirements call for a comprehensive surface water drainage plan for dwellings greater than 3,000 square feet without a clear definition for what that measurement refers to.

The after a brief discussion the Planning Board approved the proposed changes that require all commercial structures along with any one and two family dwelling that exceeds 6,000 square feet in lot coverage to provide a comprehensive plan for proper drainage of all surface waters as well as meet the existing stormwater management design criteria as stated in other sections of code.

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The recommended changes also upgrade stormwater management features from a recommendation to a requirement since they seldom function properly unless properly maintained.

“This amendment ensures that we can enforce our stormwater management requirements,” explained Ray.

In a second housekeeping action, the Planning Board voted to replace outdated sewage disposal language originally developed in the early 1990s with specific requirements for authorization, approval and the appropriate applications with engineering certifications for all sewage systems regulated by the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality.

Both items will now go to Kill Devil Hills Commissioners with favorable recommendations for approval.

In other business for the afternoon board members voted to return Howard Buchanan and James C. “Chip” Almoney to their respective positions as chair and vice-chair of the Planning Board.

The next scheduled Planning Board meeting is at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, August 20, in the Administration Building Meeting Room at 102 Town Hall Drive in Kill Devil Hills.



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