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The Brunswick beacon. (Shallotte, N.C.) 19??-current, April 15, 1993, Page PAGE 10-A, Image 10

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New Subdivision Proposal To Be Studied In Work Session BY LYNN CARLSON Occan Isle Beach commissioners, not fully satisfied with the proposed new subdi vision ordinance drafted by a consultant, tabled the measure and scheduled a joint work session between themselves and the planning board. In a public hearing Tuesday morning, the only comments on the proposed new or dinance came from the town's consultant, commissioners and planning board mem bers. DcCarol Williamson, planning board chairman and real estate developer, said his board has "many problems" with the draft ordinance and rccommcndcd work sessions between the town and planning boards and Town Attorney Elva Jess. "It is beyond (the planning board's) abil ity to bring you recommendations on this. It would be better for us to get this right the first time than to have to changc it later." Williamson charged that the proposal's 14-day deadline for recording subdivision plats after final town approval would "hurt and hinder" carefully planned development. "This would do away with long-term planning" and "penalize people who look in to the future for five or 10 years," Williamson argued, since property taxes on " What you dream today may take place 10 years from now, but you want to get preliminary approval... You want to feel like you 11 be allowed to finish what you started ?DeCarol Williamson, Planning Board Chairman subdivided lots greatly cxcccd those on un- DeCarol Williamson said laws, rcgula dcveloped tracts. lions and elected officials are subject to Williamson referred to his father, Odcll change between preliminary and final ap Williamson, and said, "If Mr. Williamson proval. "What you dream today may take has to record anything he docs, the property place 10 years from now, but you want to taxes will go out of sight." get preliminary approval. And when you Odcll Williamson currently is the high- make a commitment of time and money, you est-paying non-corporate taxpayer in want to feel like you'll be allowed to finish Brunswick County and is sixth among all what you started." county taxpayers, having had a 1992 tax bill Commissioners Bill Benton and Debbie of SI88,900 on property valued at S27.8 Fox said they agreed. million. Planning Board Member Ken Proctor, Consultant Roger Briggs countered that who said he was speaking as a private citi developcrs can get preliminary approval on zen, also agreed, calling the proposal "a ma entire subdivisions and then seek final ap- jor hamper to large developers." proval only for the lots they wish to sell A work session was scheduled for right away. "You can seek final approval on Tuesday, April 20, at 8 a.m in the town hall, just one lot," he said. At work sessions, elected and appointed of Ficials may discuss issues but lake no formal actions. Such sessions arc open to the pub lic, though public comments arc not ordinar ily allowed. Mouse-Moving Amendment The commissioners passed without dis cussion an amendment to the zoning ordi nance restricting the movement and reloca tion of houses uii die beach. Property own ers will be required to move houses within six months of the date of their permit to do so and specifies how and when structures may be moved. The amendment sets permit fees and man dates that the exterior appcarancc of dwellings be made "equal or superior to the general nature and character of the neigh borhood" into which they arc moved. DcCarol Williamson reported that the planning board found the new rules "pcr fcctly acceptable and a good idea." The only public comment came from Odcll Williamson, who said, "You've been letting some mighty sorry houses move on this beach. Wc don't need them hcrc...l hope you've got enough (in the ordinance) to take care of it." In other business the board: ?announced that the town has been verified for Class 8 federal flood insurance rating, entitling property owners in the flood hazard zone to rcccive a 10 percent discount off their federal flood insurance premiums, ?approved recommendations from Commissioner Debbie Fox for a monthly residential pick-up of yard debris by Chambers Inc. on the last Friday of each month and for the town to provide a com partmentalized recycling container for news paper, aluminum cans and plastic beverage bottles; ?announced that the Ocean Isle Beach Property Owners Association will sponsor its annual "Trash Bash" on May 22, starting at 10 a.m. and meeting at the Museum of Coastal Carolina. ?learned from Building Inspector Druicd Robcrson that S30.790 in Coastal Area Management Act (CAMA) permit fees were collected in the town through the end of March?"double what we had this time last year," ?also heard from Robinson that Brunswick County has written President Bill Clinton to ask for an acceleration of the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) disaster area declaration following the March 13 storm. "The storm last Monday gave us even more damage to our dunes," Robcrson added. Parking Lot Becomes Issue In OIB Subdivision Approval BY LYNN CARLSON consider releasing the parking lot to Principals in Ocean Isle Part- the developers to sell as a homesite. nership hit a snag with the town In an hour-long debate, commis board on Tuesday when they at- sioners, the partners and planning tempted to relocate a public paricing board members debated whether the lot they had previously dedicated to partners have been treated fairly in the town as a courtesy. their three months of dealing with In seeking approval for the the town on the Ross, Crouse and Summer Place subdivision, to be de- Summer Place subdivisions. veloped just west of town hall be- Summer Place is between the iween the ocean and sound, the part- cceanfront Ross subdivision and the ners asked the town board to "un- soundfront Crouse subdivision, both dedicate" a public parking lot on of which were previously approved West First Street between Shelby after lengthy study by the planning Street and Dunesidc Drive. board and commissioners. The park They say they will relocate public ^lot was Planned in the Ross sub oarkine to two 25-foot-wide street- dlvls,Qn on suggestion of the town J? board- the current subdivi side strips about a halt-block farther .. ? . . . f__ *"* sion ordinance does not require one. back from the ocean. , _ . We were under severe time con The board unanimously approved straints to buy this property and de Summer Place, but required the part- velop it," partner Phil Holcomb told ners to get permission from people the board. "We had to develop the who have bought property in the 31- soundside differently than we had lot Ross Subdivision before it will planned. We gave the town Fourth Street, then we had to wait to see where it would go. We have cooper ated with the town fully; we're sim ply asking to relocate a parking lot so that it will actually serve the pub lic better than what we have." Holcomb and his partners John Sutton and Stuart Cooke argued that the new parking lot plan will be safer for drivers and will accommo date more vehicles. They were defended by Planning Board Member Ken Proctor who said, "They've been through this with us three times, and we keep changing the rules." Town Attorney Elva Jess argued that it is not a simple matter to re verse dedication of property to be used by the public. "You didn't only dedicate this to the town, you dedi cated it to the subdivision owners as well," she said. Town Utilities Commissioner and developer Odcll Williams objected strongly to the partners' plans, say ing, "Somebody could sue, if they bought property (in the Ross subdi vision) depending on a parking lot, and you deed this property back." "We're just asking to move it back 50 feet," Sutton said. Williamson criticized the partners for developing the tract as three sep arate subdivisions and said the town has "leaned over backward" to work with the partners. Commissioner Debbie Fox said, end up having to picking up the "1 personally have no problem wilh trash." them moving the parking lot or with Commissioner Kendall Suh's sug approving Summer Place. But 1 gestion for a public hearing died for don't feci the town could withdraw lack of support. Suh said he favored the parking lot without the pcrmis- keeping the parking where originally sion of people who've been sold planned because of proximity to a lots." dedicated beach access. Proctor said that should be sim- "I don't see that a public hearing pie, since "the residents don't want a is necessary," Fox said. "We're not parking lot at all. I live in that area, taking something away, we're sub and I don't want one. The residents stituling something." Shallotte Planning Board Finishing Up ETJ Zoning BY DOUG RUTTER made about 30 changcs to the pro If turnout and comments at a posed map following January's hearing last week are any indication, hearing. The board heard a few most Shalloue area residents arc more requested changcs last week content with the town's plans to that could affect individual lots. zone property beyond the city limits. Generally speaking, planners Shalloue Planning Board held its have suggested most of the ETJ be second public hearing Thursday on a zoned residential, either RA-15 or proposal to zone the extraterritorial RAM-15. Both districts arc intended area, which includes most land with- for residential and agricultural uses, in one mile of the town limits. Some sections of the extratcrritor Compared to a lengthy and some- ial area have been proposed for the times heated first hearing in January, B-2 business district, which carries a turnout last week was light and the minimum lot size requirement of crowd generally in agreement with 20,000 square feet. what the town has proposed. At last week's hearing, landown "Your input in January, 1 feel and ers Bobby Long and Dcedy White the planning board feels, made this asked the planning board to reduce better," Planning Board Chairman the minimum lot size in the com Carson Durham told a crowd of mercial district about 40 people at town hall. Long said commercial lots inside After more than a year of work on the town can be as small as 10,000 the zoning map and regulations, the square feet, and the minimum size in planning board was expected to fin- the county zoning ordinance is ish its work this week before passing 15,000 square feeL its Final recommendations on to the "I would ask that you reconsider board of aldermen. and consider reducing that," Long Officials have been working on said. "I know we're all concerned zoning since the ETJ was created in about the density, but I think it September 1991. The town will en- would be more equitable if it was force the state building code and its less than 20,000." zoning rules in the area to control White suggested the minimum lot the type of development that occurs size in the B-2 district be dropped to near town. 15,000 square feet. Durham said the planning board Also last week, Jason Simmons asked that his property next to the Shallottc Moose Lodge be zoned commercial instead of residential. Simmons said he bought the land as commercial and plans to eventually locate his business there. "1 paid a lot more for the property than I ever could get out of it as resi dential," he said. "It would present an extreme hardship if it isn't zoned commercial." The ETJ includes about 2,000 tracts of land and extends to the south end of the U.S. 17 bypass and north to Royal Oak and Red Bug roads. It also takes in land as far west as McMilly Road and east on N.C. 179 to Hale Swamp Road. 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