Workforce housing group meets Thursday

Published 5:58 pm Wednesday, January 17, 2024

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Dare County has arranged the first meeting of the Workforce Housing Task Force, which brings together representatives from Dare County municipalities, the county and stakeholders.

The meeting will be held Jan. 18, 2024 at 9 a.m. in Room 168 of the Dare County Administration Building, located at 954 Marshall C. Collins Drive in Manteo.

At its first meeting of the new year, Dare County Board of Commissioners considered and passed a resolution titled “Resolution Concerning HB 259.”

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The resolution affirms “for the long-term success of workforce housing in Dare County the local governments and the stakeholders of Dare County must come together to reach consensus.”

HB 259 is “adamantly opposed” by Dare’s municipalities, which have filed legal action.

The legislation, which became law Oct. 3, 2023 without the governor’s signature, limits “the application of some local government zoning regulations to such housing efforts;” states the resolution.

The resolution states “Be It Resolved that to help further the discussions of the Dare County Workforce Housing Task Force, to reduce the acrimony between the towns and Dare County and to help in the process of reaching consensus among the local governments, citizens and stakeholders to find long term solutions to the workforce housing problem, the Dare County Board of Commissioners confirms their earlier verbal statements of their intention to solve the workforce housing problem in Dare County by working together with local governments, citizens and stake holders and not to use HB 259 to exempt any workforce housing solutions from the local government zoning authority as part of any proposed solutions.”