The Board of Commissioners tabled action on proposed amendments to the Dare County Code of Ordinances with regards to the building height of all structures and maximum building size of commercial structures. The changes would have affected unzoned portions of unincorporated Dare County and commercially zoned areas that do not include gross floor area limitations in their ordinances - basically East Lake and the Stumpy Point commercial district. The amendments would limit height to 35 feet and size to 20,000 square feet. One business owner in East Lake told the board about plans to expand her business that would require a height of 40 to 45 feet. Duke Geraghty, of the Outer Banks Home Builders Association, reminded the Board of the shortage of multi-family housing. He felt the 35’ foot height limit was too restrictive for the areas in question. The Board decided to study the impact of the proposed amendments further and discuss them again at their November 5th meeting.
The Board approved plans for public participation in the County’s Land Use Plan update process. The update process will take about 12 to 18 months and the County intends to start holding public meetings on the plan the end of this month.