Nags Head Planning Board approves site plans for trade center, public services site project

Published 7:09 am Wednesday, September 28, 2022

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By Judy Stiles

The Nags Head Planning Board unanimously voted to approve the site plans for a trade center and for the redesign and construction at the public services facility at its Tuesday, Sept. 20 meeting. Vice Chair Kristi Wright was not in attendance.

Michael Strader, P.E., of Quible & Associates, P.C., submitted the site plan for the construction of a trade center, to be located south of the W. Satterfield Landing Road in Nags Head, on a vacant lot directly behind TW’s Bait and Tackle.

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The plan proposes construction of a 11,200 square foot building that includes eight 1,400 square foot units to be owned by a single owner, who will lease each of the eight units. Stormwater will be managed by an infiltration basin and permeable pavements that can treat a 4.3-inch rainfall event.

The board also voted yes on a special use plan for the redesign and construction of several projects at the Nags Head Public Works site located at 2110 S. Pond Ave. and 2200 and 2208 S. Lark Ave. The planned work is expected to include a water distribution center; fleet and facilities maintenance building; a fuel pump island and car wash; a new vehicle storage building; a small storage building; a new public parking area; and a service ramp that residents can use to drop off their debris or recyclables into bins.

Following the meeting’s action items, planning and development director Kelly Wyatt reported on a new initiative to provide reflective signs that will help emergency responders find oceanfront and South Old Oregon Inlet Road locations easier in an emergency. The signs are expected to be made using old signs, which will keep the cost lower.

Deputy planning director Kate Jones updated that the town did not receive funding from a North Carolina Parks and Recreation Trust Fund grant that would have been used for additions to Whalebone Park, located across from Jennette’s Pier near Mile Post 16.5. The Planning Board staff plan to pursue a different $250,000 grant. If approved, the funds will be used to add a children’s spray play area and other amenities to enhance the accessible park.

During the Planning Board members’ agenda, board member Dave Elder indicated that the Blanden Street access is in disrepair and asked whether something can be done to remember the USS Huron historical shipwreck that took the lives of nearly 100 people. The shattered USS Huron lies about 250 yards off the beach access.

Board member Molly Harrison asked whether new sewer technologies are being considered that allow for denser developments. Several board members followed up, noting there are some newer technologies being used that are costlier and require advanced engineering.

Gary Ferguson asked about preserving R-1 districting, particularly R-1 districting where there are no businesses. Ferguson asked whether other board members thought the Planning Board should look closer at this. Following a discussion, Ferguson did not request the planning and development staff research this further.