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The Brunswick beacon. (Shallotte, N.C.) 19??-current, April 22, 1993, Page PAGE 6-A, Image 6

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Rules Considered MORATORIUM IMPOSED 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 parks. 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 hearings. 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 'a. 99 It. ?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 park. "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 the property. 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 years." 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 wetlands." 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. BOATS Affordable! 1-800-545-2293 919-457-9080 Appearing Friday & Saturday, April 23-24 Clifford Curry The Entertainer... 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