August 26, 2007
Many people attended a meeting yesterday at the Pine Island Fire Station to learn about plans for a new wastewater treatment plant that will service the Monteray Shores/Buck Island/Corolla Bay subdivisions. Representatives from Currituck County and Carolina Water presented information on the technical operations of the system and the timeline of the project. The overflowing crowd in attendance was very eager to hear when a state-imposed building moratorium would be lifted. As one attendee stated, “People have been waiting for six years to maximize their land. When is it going to happen?”
The Department of Environmental and Natural Resources permitted the project in March of this year. All property plats and deed will be recorded by the end of August and construction should start mid-September. Construction can only take place during the non-peak season. The plant will have a capacity of 520,000 gallons per day when completed and will be constructed in two phases. The first half of the plant is expected to be completed by December 23, 2008; the second half by April 20, 2009.
The total cost of the project is $9.5 million; Carolina Water will be paying 50% from the rate base and the real estate/development company, BD&A, will be paying the remaining 50%. The plant will also serve BD&A’s new subdivision, Corolla Bay; the partnership negates the need for a separate wastewater treatment plant to be built for Corolla Bay. Once DENR approves water capacity allocations, then Currituck County can issue building permits. Many were concerned that the Corolla Bay subdivision would receive allocations before lots in Monteray Shores. When asked if permits would be issued on a first come-first served basis, County Manager Dan Scanlon stated that since BD&A is paying for part of the system that there would be some allocations set aside for Corolla Bay. He stated, “The County is willing to sit down with Carolina Water and discuss allocations and if agreed upon, the County will honor and respect those allocations.” It was then clarified by Carolina Water representatives that "Corolla Bay is not going to take away any capacity that would be for Monteray Shores, Buck Island or anywhere else!"
As far as the state-imposed building moratorium: according to the timeline presented it will be at least (if everything goes as planned) another 16 to over 20 months before any construction permits will be issued in Monteray Shores.
Sorry the news is not better for those property owners but things are moving in the right direction!