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Dare commissioners approve land use and dredging matters

The Dare County Board of Commissioners took up two land use and dredging matters at the regularly scheduled June 15 meeting.

After public hearing, the commissioners approved a change in the Buxton zoning map for the property at 49251 NC 12. The property was zoned R-3, high density residential. As requested by applicant John Canning, the property was rezoned C-3 Commercial.

Canning plans to store boats and RV trailers on the two-acre property that currently holds a small mobile home park with seven mobile homes along with a workshop building. Before he can open the storage business, he must submit for review a site plan that separates the mobile home park from the commercial use area.

The proposal garnered one comment. Bob Barris and Vicky Grist asked that a fence around the storage area be considered. The request will be taken up during the site plan review.

A site plan and conditional use permit was approved for William and Shelly Daugherty for construction of a group development for mini storage warehouses.

The addresses for the two parcels are 6783E and 6783C US 64/264 in Manns Harbor and are adjacent to existing storage facilities.

Commissioner Jim Tobin praised the property owners for the “phenomenal job cleaning up the place.” He said they are “good neighbors.”

The plan calls for building a metal storage building on a slab and combining the two lots to make room for a third storage building.

The commissioners also approved two matters relating to dredging.

The commissioners agreed to two contracts to provide spoil sites for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for federally-funded dredging in fiscal year 2022 for Rollinson Channel and Manteo/Shallowbag Bay Interior Channel. The contracts pay for sediment management planning.

Total project cost is $345,191 with the state’s Shallow Draft Channel Dredging program picking up two-thirds of the cost ($230,138.70). Dare County’s one-third cost comes from the Waterways Dredging fund ($71,979), the county’s contingency fund ($29,207.30) and an in-kind contribution from Dare County ($13,866).

In the second action, Dare’s commissioners agreed to enter a Memorandum of Understanding with Cape Hatteras National Seashore, part of the National Park Service, to cooperate in preparing a seashore-wide Environmental Impact Statement for sediment management to be used for future beach nourishment requests within the seashore.

During commissioner comments, Tobin said that the new dredge is “still in legal.”

Commissioner Rob Ross asked for a one-page status report on the dredge, like a “frequently asked questions” document.

On Saturday, June 13, a pump on the NCDOT dredge Manteo broke down. A new one is ordered. The dredge, which is working in Hatteras Inlet, has been sidelined for a week. A 100-foot long hump that is making passage through the inlet dangerous remains to be dredged. A permit due to expire June 15 was extended to the first week in July.

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