At their meeting on Wednesday, the Board of Commissioners considered zoning ordinance text amendments, requested by the NC Dept. of Natural Resources, Aquarium Division, for fishing piers in the Commercial Residential Zoning Districts. After over an hour long public hearing, the Board decided to approve the amendments as presented which included expanding the allowed principal and accessory uses including wind turbines, permitted in conjunction with fishing piers in the CR District. The ordinance additionally relaxed development standards by increasing permitted maximum building height, increasing maximum permitted lot coverage, decreasing minimum parking space requirements, allowing off-site parking, allowing off-site wastewater treatment systems and also exempting such off-site facilities from additional requirements of the zoning ordinance. The amendments will now allow the Jeanette’s Pier redevelopment project to move forward!
The Board also approved 4-1 (Commissioner Sadler opposed) a site plan/conditional use/vested right application for construction of a retail shopping center. The shopping center will be located adjacent to the Outer Banks Sports Club on Croatan Highway and will include a Food Lion grocery store with retail space on one end; an OBX Bank facility and a State Employees Credit Union facility. Residents from the neighboring community expressed concerns about flooding and increased traffic from the site. Those concerns were addressed when it was explained that the site has been designed to manage 5.0” of rain - over and above the 4.3” of rainfall required to be managed by the Town and well exceeding even the newly revised Coastal Stormwater Requirements. The amount of rainfall in a one-year, 24-hour storm is only about 3.8”. With regards to traffic, Commissioners restricted the northernmost access on Wrightsville Avenue to be entrance only - no exit onto Wrightsville and requested that “No Thru Trucks” signage be placed south of Admiral Street on Wrightsville Avenue. .