Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Dare Commissioners re-elected Warren Judge

Dec. 3 - Dare Commissioners re-elected Warren Judge as Chairman and Allen Burrus as Vice Chairman. Congrats!
Commissioners discussed the Planning Board’s recommendation of a 45’ building height restriction for East Lake and other unzoned commercial areas of Dare County. In order to proceed with the amendment, the Board scheduled a public hearing on the issue for January 7th at 10 a.m. Commissioners also scheduled another public hearing for the January meeting with regards to common driveway standards; of which the current ordinance does not address. The proposal would require driveways of 12” in width and no longer than 200’. The common driveway would be intended and could be used instead of frontage roads.
A separate item on the agenda was an update of the subdivision ordinance with regards to standards for streets. The current ordinance language dates back to the 1980’s and was dependent upon NCDOT standards for subdivision roads. At the time the ordinance was passed, NCDOT required 20 feet width of paving; NCDOT’s current standard allows 18 feet of pavement for roads up to 2,000 linear feet. After much discussion about proposed amendments, the Commissioners decided to look more closely at the rules and directed planning staff to continue working on them.

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