Dare commissioners approve land use plan

Published 8:19 am Wednesday, January 24, 2024

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Dare County’s Board of Commissioners unanimously adopted the 2022 Dare County Land Use Plan on Jan. 2, 2024.

A required public hearing was announced, but no one spoke.

Noah Gillam, Dare County planning director, told the board that the plan can be amended and that nothing in the plan is regulatory.

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“This is the road map over the next years,” commented commissioner Ervin Bateman.

In the adopted resolution, the commissioners “found the policies and Future Land Use Maps in the draft Plan to be consistent with the Dare County desired vision for the future …”

As required by state law, the adopted plan will be forwarded to the district planner for the Division of Coastal Management and to the division director. A review of the plan before the Coastal Resources Commission will be scheduled. The commission will decided on certification. The certified copy of the Dare County CAMA Land Use Plan will be forwarded to the Office for Coastal Management for federal approval.

The commissioners unanimously approved the following planning matters on the Jan. 2 agenda:

– a zoning text amendment regarding portable storage containers. “Portable Storage Unit Services may be offered as accessory uses to mini-storage facilities, storage warehouses, and storage/warehousing and storage centers in the following zoning districts: CS, I-1, HML, MC-2, MC-1, C-2, C-3, MH-A and S-1. Subject to the provisions of Section 22-31 Group Developments …” and additional conditions:

Those conditions include that portable storage containers:

  • Shall not be used for residential or commercial occupancy.
  • Can only be on a property for 14 days unless associated with construction which must be installed in compliance with the Dare County Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance, removed from the site within 30 days. No more than two portable storage containers can be located on the same property at the same time.
  • When at the place of service, portable storage containers must be “securely anchored” with customer access during normal business hours.
  • On the service site, the containers must be kept in a designated area counted as lot coverage. The containers “shall not be stacked or stored vertically atop another.”
  • Signage on the containers is limited to 12 square feet.
  • The containers “shall be designed and/or constructed to meet the North Carolina Building Code requirements for High Wind Zones applicable in Dare County and certified by a North Carolina licensed engineer.”

–  a special use permit for Tod and Angela Gaskill to place travel trailer sites on an existing commercial property at 53013 NC 12 in Frisco. Travel trailers will take up 3.55 acres of the 4.32-acre parcel. Some 24 spaces are allocated for both year-round and transient use. The park will be located behind the Pamlico Deli. Permits for two designed septic systems have been issued. A vegetative buffer is proposed on the north, west and east boundaries. The south boundary is vegetated wetland. Dare County fire marshal requires a hydrant within 400 feet of the furthest campsite, a 20-foot wide road with an all-weather surface.

– a special use permit for James Yax and John Kuchta for a group development to construct two, three-bedroom units at 53770 NC 12 in Frisco. An existing principle dwelling is already on the property. Access will be directly from NC 12 via an existing driveway.