Monday, August 27, 2007

Nags Head

Aug. 21 – The Nags Head Planning Board took the following action this past week:

Approved 4 to 2 (Susie Walters/Robert Edwards opposing) a site plan/conditional use permit for Gus Zinovis to have a detached single-family dwelling on the same parcel as Mulligan’s Restaurant. A public hearing is scheduled next week, September 5th at 9 am at the Board of Commissioners meeting.

Approved 4-2 (Robert Edwards, David Oaksmith opposing) to allow exercise studio, dance studio and martial arts studio to be permitted within the same principle building occupied by other principal permitted uses within the C-3 district. Commissioners had already approved the “use” as compatible; the board needed to approve the “permitting” of the use.

The Board heard from town resident Dave Masters who opposed the consideration of exempting dwellings with 5 bedrooms, less than 3,500 sq. ft on the west side of Hwy. 158 from the residential design standards. He felt that the design standards were formed after thousands of hours of work and should not be changed. He stated, “Do we want to see row after row of look-alike houses?” The exemption consideration was first brought up by Commissioner Wayne Gray to change the bedroom limit from four to five when triggering the requirement for architectural design standards in areas from the northern town limits to the Village at Nags Head. The Planning Board did not discuss any positive impacts of the change and voted unanimously to deny the amendment.

The Board unanimously approved a zoning text amendment to prohibit the use of pump and haul tank systems except as a temporary emergency measure while the existing sewage system is being repaired, not to exceed 14 days. A public hearing on the matter will be held next week - September 5th at 9 am during the Board of Commissioners meeting. Oceanfront home owners have requested the use of these systems because the required 50-foot separation between their septic drainfield and the high mean water mark cannot be met.

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