SAGA withdraws request to modify Manteo hotel restrictions
Published 7:46 am Tuesday, December 3, 2019
The Town of Manteo has canceled a public hearing over a requested change to modify the towns hotel height and size restrictions after the request was withdrawn by the developer. SAGA Construction had previously asked the town to modify the restrictions before they submitted a formal plan to build a soundfront hotel in the town.
In October, SAGA unveiled a conceptual plan to build a 60 room hotel with event space and a restaurant in the Marshes Light planned community. The construction company requested the town ease the height restriction by eight feet and add more square footage. The town scheduled a public hearing on a text change to the zoning code for their December 4 Board of Commissioners meeting.
After the waterfront hotel concept was unveiled, the requested zoning change drew public opposition that questioned the need for a hotel and urged town officials not change Manteo’s small-town atmosphere. The Manteo Planning Board also weighed in by voting not to recommend the waterfront hotel text change to the zoning code.
With the request for the zoning change withdrawn and the public hearing canceled, there is no longer a need for action by the board. It is unclear if SAGA will resubmit a hotel plan that fits within existing zoning rules. Previously, Sumit Gupta of SAGA Construction said without town approval to increase the waterfront hotel height limit and ease the square footage requirement, a hotel project likely wouldn’t happen.