July 2 – What a difference two years and three new County Commissioners make! On Monday, the Board voted to approve a request from Shirley Webber to rezone 244 acres of agricultural property to 226 acres of residential and 18 acres of commercial property. The property is located at 7160 Caratoke Highway near the intersection of Forbes Rd. When a project was proposed on the same property two years ago, the Commissioners opposed it due to concerns of density and school capacity. The project’s denial caused many owners of agricultural property in the area to band together to express concerns that they were being treated unfairly and not able to take advantage of higher property values like their neighbors in northern Currituck when property is rezoned residential.
The Board also approved:
Ø a request from Fannie Newbern to rezone 64.4 acres from agricultural to residential on Jarvisburg Rd. near the intersection of Buster Newbern Rd. and another 21.1 acres of agricultural to residential on a tract to the north side of Newbern Rd. adjacent to the White Acres subdivision. A new school, Jarvisburg Elementary School, will be constructed within 1 ½ miles of the property.
Ø Rezoning of 60 acres from agricultural to residential, located along South Spot Rd., while retaining the RET overly with a density of 150 age-restricted units.
At this week’s Board meeting, Commissioners will be discussing a proposal to eliminate residential design standards for houses on the west side of US 158 under certain conditions. The houses would have to be five bedrooms or less and less than 3500 square feet. Commissioner Gray raised the concern that the design standards impact affordable housing for year-round Nags Head residents.
Beach pushes and sandbags have been a topic of discussion at several prior board meetings. This week the Board will once again talk sand and discuss the possibility of tax incentives for those who bring in sand rather that do beach pushes.