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For Subdivisions, Mobile Home Parks
BY DOUG RUTTER
In an effort to get a handle on future development,
Varnamtown officials are considering two sets of rules
on the establishment of subdivisions and mobile home
Public hearings on the proposed ordinances arc
scheduled Thursday, April 29, at 7:30 p.m. in town hall.
Approval of the regulations is expected following the
In the meantime, town officials aren't going to allow
any more mobile homes in town for the next month.
Aldermen voted Monday to suspend issuance of manu
factured home permits for 30 days.
The moratorium was prompted by a landowner who
recently told Vamamtown's mobile home permit officer,
Maurice Galloway, that he plans to set up two mobile
homes ir the community and rent them for profit.
Aldermen agreed at their meeting Monday night that
putting a moratorium on mobile homes for the next
month would give the town board time to adopt the mo
bile home park rules.
Vamam town's planning board has recommended ap
proval of both ordinances so officials can better control
future growth, said planning board and town board
member Ada McDonald.
"1 think you'll find that the restrictions are such that
they would benefit the tow n if someone put in a mobile
home park," McDonald told the town board Monday.
"If we have a mobile home park we want one we can
be proud of and that will not take away from the town
but add to it," she said.
The mobile home park ordinance would set mini
mum design and construction standards for utilities,
pavement, easements, parks, buffer zones and drainage.
"It addresses everything from garbage can receptacles
to mailboxes," McDonald said. "It's quite thorough."
Any landowner interested in creating a mobile home
park would be required to get a "conditional use permit"
from the board of aldermen. The owner would have to
"//we have a mobile home
park, we want one we can be
proud of and that will not take
away from the town, but add to
?Alderman Ada McDonald
get the permit renewed every two years to continue op
erating the park.
If the park isn't operated in compliance with the reg
ulations, the town board could revoke the permit. The
owner would then have six months to slop operating the
"This would be a good safeguard," McDonald said.
"We can guarantee this community that this will be kept
up to standard."
Developers would be required to submit to the town
a park plan prior to construction showing the location of
streets, driveways, storm drainage, building lines and
other pertinent information.
Parks couldn't be built on less than two acres of
land. Minimum lot sizes would be 20,000 square feet, or
7,200 square feet if the park is served by public water
and sewer systems.
The proposed subdivision ordinance is intended to
"establish procedures and standards for the development
and subdivision of land" and "provide for the orderly
growth and development" of Varnamtown.
Plans would have to be approved by both Var
namtown and Brunswick County officials before con
struction permits could be issued or services extended to
Most property that is divided into two or more lots
would fall under the subdivision regulations. Tracts di
vidcd into five lots or less would be considered minor
subdivisions, and others would be major subdivisions.
The proposed regulations would set standards for
utilities, erosion and sediment control, drainage and
streets. Major subdivisions would have to have graded
streets and adequate storm drainage systems. Where lea
siblc, ihcy also would have lo be connected lo public
water and sewer systems.
Under the ordinance, the town planning board would
be able to grant variances from the subdivision regula
tions when compliance with the rules would create "ex
traordinary' hardships" or "practical difficulties."
Sea Level Rise Would Displace Half Of Brunswick
Brunswick County is one of nine
coastal countics which would have
at least half its population displaced
if a major rise in sea level occurs, an
East Carolina University graduate
student told professional geogra
phers at a recent conference.
Melissa L. Tollinger, a graduate
student in the Department of Geo
graphy and Planning at East
Carolina University, said coastal
management agcncies should con
sider the possibility of a major rise
in sea level and its impact on North
Carolina. She said coastal managers
should consider the sea level rise is
sue "despite the uncertainty sur
rounding the actual predictions of
sea level rise, and the fact that the
effects may not be felt for several
In her presentation to the 1993
annual meeting of the Association of
American Geographers, she said 22
coastal countics in North Carolina
would experience at least some dc
grec of inundation if the sea level
rises. She said the Environmental
Protection Agency's estimate of a
two- to six-foot rise over the next
100 years would submerge half of
the land area in four counties.
"Nine coastal counties would
have at least 50 percent of their pop
ulation displaced," she said.
In addition to the loss of land and
the displacement of coastal resi
dents, Tollingcr said "rising sea lev
el would result in accclerated coastal
erosion, intensified storm damage,
and the intrusion of salt water into
estuarinc waters, disturbing fragile
ecosystems and destroying valuable
Tollingcr noted that the prediction
of sea level rise is based on the theo
ry held by many scientists that glob
ail warming is occurring. This warm
ing is called a "greenhouse effect"
because more of the sun's rays arc
penetrating the Earth's atmosphere
and melting polar ice caps, causing
the oceans to expand.
In her presentation she used maps
of North Carolina's coastal counties
to show where sea level rise would
cause the most damage. The coun
ties which would lose the most land
from a five-foot sea level rise arc
Dare, Hyde, Tyrrell and Currituck.
Those arc followed closely by Cart
eret, Pamlico and Camden.
The highest population displace
ment would also occur in those sev
en counties and in Washington and
Brunswick counties, she said.
The title of her presentation was
"Effects of Potential Sea Level Rise
on Coastal North Carolina." Toll
ingcr is from Rocky Mount.
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