Dare Planning Board considers three actions in Avon

Published 7:22 pm Sunday, August 6, 2023

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On August 1, 2023, the Dare County Planning Board approved a preliminary plat for Avon and recommended a zoning text and zoning map amendments to the county’s Board of Commissioners.

In Avon, at the intersection of Old Main Road and Kinnakeet Reef Court, a subdivision with 16 lots was platted in 1996 under zoning district R2-A. That district at the time required 20,000 square foot lot sizes and connection to a well.

At this planning board meeting, the landowners of eight lots received approval of a preliminary site plan for installing a new water line connecting to Dare County’s water and reconfiguring the existing eight lots into 11 lots. Individual on-site septic systems with drainfields will be used.

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A fire hydrant is required with a fire flow of 1,000 gallons per minute.

Connection to the Dare County water system reduces the minimum square footage for a single family house to 15,000 square feet.

The planning board granted approval with the condition that Note 10 on the preliminary plan be changed to read: Property Ownership of Lots Prior to Being Reconfigured, that Lot 4 be eliminated from the Note 10 list as it is not being reconfigured, and the owner of Lot 2 be shown.

A text amendment for the C-2 General Commercial District mapped in Avon and Buxton was considered.

Applicant Joseph Falk is identified as the property owner of 40530 NC 12 in Avon. Applicant Jeffrey Keznor, who was present, is identified as a new business owner. The soundside building at the intersection of NC 12 and Beckham Road has 6,586 square feet of finished space and multiple businesses.

The applicants have applied to add “Brewery” as a permitted use in the C-2 district. The text amendment would apply to all areas zoned C-2 as well as zoning district C-3, which is mapped in Avon, Buxton and on Roanoke Island.

As presented to the board, Keznor would have a 1,000 square foot space with production and tasting area in the existing building.

The planning board, in recommending the text amendment to the Dare County Board of Commissioners, agreed to the change with the following conditions:

– no portion of the brewery shall be located closer than 75 feet of an existing residential structure with no outdoor storage of raw materials used to make malt beverages

– minimum on-site parking requirements are one space for every 200 square feet of retail space and one space for every 1,000 square feet of production area.

A mapping amendment request also applies to properties in Avon.

At Tuesday’s meeting, Land’s End Development LLC, represented by Joe Thompson, applied to recombine the lots with the Avon Pier, which is zone C-3, and the Koru Beach Klub, which is zoned C-2 for one lot with C-3 zoning, as required for the Avon Pier.

The Avon Pier land also has a travel trailer park, a restaurant and a mobile food truck court. The beach club property has a swimming pool facility and a theater.

Planning staff concluded that the properties are “contiguous with properties currently zoned commercial. It is staff’s recommendation that the reclassification is appropriate.” The planning board agreed and also found that the action was consistent with Policies 5 and 6 in the 2009 Dare County Land Use Plan Update.

Board Chairman John Finelli told the panel that at the September meeting, the board would hold a public hearing about zoning for the Martin’s Point commercial lots, which are now under the jurisdiction of Southern Shores.

At the same September meeting, the board will begin its review of the county’s updated land use plan, which has been returned from initial state review.

The Dare County Planning Board is scheduled to meet Tuesday, September 5, 2023 at 6 p.m. in the Dare County Board of Commissioners meeting room, located at 954 Marshall C. Collins Drive in Manteo.