Jan. 7 – At their meeting on Monday, the Dare Board of Commissioners approved:
o Amendments to Chapter 152 (Large Structures Dangerous to Public Health) of the Code of Ordinances that restricts the highest-roof level of a building in unincorporated Dare County to 45 feet above the lowest grade within a 50-foot perimeter of the exterior walls or outer perimeter of the building and that restricts the maximum square footage of a building to 20,000 square feet of heated and non-heated area. Hotels, motels, County owned facilities, and other government facilities are exempt from this gross floor area limitation.
o Amendments to the Subdivision Ordinance that outline standards for common driveways. These were approved due to an issue regarding a long common driveway not being maintained and subsequent homeowners not being aware of their responsibility. The new standards for common driveways include: they must have a minimum width of 12 ft.; they cannot provide access to more than 2 lots; they shall not exceed 200 ft. in length and must have a turnaround area if over 100 ft.; and they shall be constructed following preliminary plat approval by the Board of Commissioners – language reflecting that the subdivision homeowners association or individual lot owners are responsible for maintenance needs to be included in the final plat.