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Commission Still Working On
Ground Level, Density Rules
BY DOUG RUTTER
Holden Beach Commissioners
plan to meet with the town attorney,
building inspector and builders be
fore approving new rules that could
affect the height and overall size of
new houses on the island.
After two public hearings last
Wednesday, commissioners agreed
that more work is needed before
they pass a definition for "ground
level" or a rule to restrict the area on
each lot that can be covered by a
Commissioners and residents who
spoke at last week's hearings point
ed out several problems with the
proposals submitted earlier this
month by the Holden Beach Plan
ning and Zoning Board.
The town doesn't have a defini
tion for "ground level" but needs
one because the building code limits
all buildings to a maximum height
of 35 feet, measured from ground
level to the highest point of the
The planning board's definition
reads: "The average of the highest
and lowest elevations on the perime
ter of the building footprint estab
lished by an official survey provided
to the building inspector. If a lot is
filled after the effective date of this
provision, ground level shall not be
construed to exceed an elevation
more than 18 inches above the aver
age elevation of the center crown of
the designated street address of each
Commissioner David Sandifer
said if the definition is approved as
is, it will allow for the construction
of homes that are 38K feet tall on
filled lots that are two feet below
"I think everybody on this board
and everybody here knows what we
intended. There's a loophole and it
needs to be closed," Sandifer said.
Commissioner Sid Swarts said the
town's intent is to measure ground
level from the top of the fill dirt, un
less the fill is more than 18 inches
above the center of the street.
In those cases, ground level
would be measured from 18 inches
above the street regardless of how
much dirt has been placed on the lot.
"To me the intent is there but the
verbiage is not," Swarts said.
Sandifer also said the proposed
definition would penalize the devel
oper of Dunescape subdivision, who
plans to leave the hilly terrain at the
east end of the island in tact as much
Under the planning board defini
tion, Sandifer said only one-story
houses could be built on lots that are
several feet above the street but re
quire fill dirt for leveling.
Sandife said the definition would
"I think everybody on this board
and everybody here known what
we intended . There's a loophole
and it needs to be closed. "
? David Sandifer, Commissioner
force the developer to flatten the
dunes. "We endorsed his plan for
Dunescape, leaving it natural. That's
really what we liked."
Commissioners also say they
need to work on the planning
board's proposal to limit lot cover
age in the Rural, R-l and R-2 zoning
districts to 30 percent of the usable
While they agree with the con
cept, commissioners said the regula
tion needs to specify how usable
area will be determined for lots on
the oceanfront, canals, marshes and
Commissioners hope to work on
both proposals at an upcoming
workshop meeting with Town
Attorney Elva Jess, Building In
spector Douglas Gillette and local
builders. A meeting date was not set.
Town officials plan to ask the
N.C. Department of Transportation
to consider building a cr'-ds-?ac at
the end of Ocean Boulevard West so
vehicles can turn around when they
reach the guard house at Holden
Mayor Gay Atkins said home
owners at the end of Ocean Boule
vard have been complaining about
vehicles turning around in their dri
veways and yards when motorists
find out they can't continue driving
west on the private road.
Commissioner Swarts, who lives
in the private subdivision, said some
landowners at the end of Ocean
Boulevard have built fences in the
state right of way to prevent vehicles
from turning around.
"These people have a problem,"
Commissioner Jim Fournier said.
"Whether they have usurped some
of the state right of way or not, just
imagine being down there with all
the traffic. If it was me I'd probably
have a line of riprap out there."
In other business last week, com
? Passed an ordinance increasing
the electrical inspection fee from
$22 to $25 per inspection.
? Discussed changing the light
ing at the parking lot under Holden
Beach Bridge. Nobody seconded a
motion by Commissioner Dwight
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