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Dare Planning Board uses new rules

On July 12, 2021, Dare County’s Planning Board implemented new procedures in considering development proposals.

On the agenda was a request from William F. Daugherty III and Shelly Daugherty to expand Shelly OBX Mini Storage by adding a fourth building that is 3,300 square feet in size.

The request requires an amendment to the original conditional use permit, which is now called special use permit.

Aside from the name change, the Planning Board role under the new rule is called a “preliminary forum.” The forum is used to set out “reasonable and appropriate conditions . . .” The forum serves as an opportunity to talk with the applicant about the details in a permit.

The Planning Board no longer makes condition recommendations to the Board of Commissioners. The board operates in a quasi-judicial capacity when considering a special use request. Conditions will be presented to the commissioners by staff without a formal recommendation from the Planning Board.

The expansion of the Shelly OBX Mini Storage required two amendments. The first identified the new building and the second grants 24 months from commissioner approval to secure a building permit.

The expansion request may appear on the Board of Commissioners agenda for Aug. 2, 2021.

A preliminary site plan review was on the docket for Kampgrounds of America, Westside Expansion.

The plan calls for eight travel trailer sites on the north boundary of soundside land opposite the main, oceanside Cape Hatteras KOA in Waves. The 5.84 acres is currently vacant. A separate parcel has been carved out on the northwest corner and holds a house used for employee housing.

The travel trailer ordinance calls for vegetative buffer on the perimeter of a facility.

Engineer Mike Morway with Albemarle & Associates, Ltd. asked for relief from vegetation requirement along NC 12. The vacant parcel currently gives a sweeping view of the Pamlico Sound.

“There’s nothing there to buffer at this time,” said Planning Board Chairman John Finelli.

The preliminary site plan calls for a gravel loop road with a driveway cut north of the entrance to the main KOA installation.

The board voted to approve the site plan with the following instructions:

̶  Buffer as stated in the ordinance except along NC 12, subject to review by the county attorney.

̶  Add one or more fire hydrants as approved by the fire marshal.

̶  Coordinate with NCDOT regarding entrance to the property.

The Roger Hosfelt Subdivision was tabled. A preliminary plat was submitted for review. The three-lot subdivision is proposed for property located off Lighthouse Road between Flambeau Road and Hatteras Escape Road, Hatteras village.

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