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The Brunswick beacon. (Shallotte, N.C.) 19??-current, November 10, 1994, Page PAGE 8-A, Image 8

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Canine Reflections SWT PHOTO ?r HBC CAKtSON "Jake" the dachshund displays two sides of his personality as he enjoys the Festival by the Sea parade from the window of a pickup truck parked beside the Holden Beach causeway last week. Lot Coverage Restrictions Draw Fire At Holden Beach Monday Night BY DOUG RUTTER A controversial plan to more strictly regulate the percentage of each lot covered by buildings at Holden Beach drew fire from a large crowd at Monday night's town meeting. After approximately two hours of public comments and discussion, town commissioners took no action on a planning and zoning board rec ommendation to change residential lot coverage restrictions. The town presently limits the amount of each lot that can be cov-. ered by homes and other structures to 30 percent of the platted, or mapped, area. Roof overhangs are not included in the calculation. Commissioners are considering changing the rules to start including roof overhangs, and more important ly, limit coverage to 30 percent of the usable lot area, which is less than the platted area in many cases. Commissioner Jim Fournier said the change is aimed at reducing stormwater runoff, which state offi cials say is a leading cause of bacte "This is an effort to control building houses that are too big for the lot by going back to the platted area. " ? Jim Fournier rial pollution that has led to the clo sure of local shellfish waters. "This is an effort to allow us to control stormwater runoff," Foumicr said. "This is an effort to control building houses that are too big for the lot by going back to the platted area." About 15 people, including sever al builders and developers, spoke out against the proposed change Monday. They said there are other ways to control runoff besides cut ting down on the size of houses. They said the change would greatly reduce the size of homes al lowed in certain areas and prevent people from rebuilding what they al NOVEMBER 1 7 Sandbags, Beach Nourishment On Hearing Agenda For CRC ine N.c. Coastal Resources Commission (CRC) will hold two public hearings at 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, at the Ramada Inn in Kill Devil Hills on proposed changes in rules governing oceanfront sandbag use and erosion response. The hearings are part of the CRC's regularly scheduled meeting Nov. 17 and 18, with sessions begin ning Hi 8:50 a.m. each day. The proposed sandbag rule changes are intended to clarify sev eral points that have made enforce ment of existing rules difficult. As proposed the state would al low sandbags for the protection of threatened buildings and threatened septic systems associated with the buildings. Sandbags could stay in place for two years for structures smaller than 5,000 square feet, and for five years for larger structures. They could also remain for five years in areas actively developing beach renourishment projects. A sandbag permit would be is sued only one time for a given prop erty, even if that property changes ownership. TV intended use of sandbags as ero: ion control devices is to protect oceai.front property long enough to give landowners time to relocate threatened structures. But many peo ple have retained the bags as perma nent installations. According to the N.C. Office of Coastal Management, sandbags can cause some of the same problems as "hard" structures, including in creased erosion on adjacent proper ties and interference with pedestrian and vehicular access to the beach. Proposed changes to the CRC's rules governing erosion response would make clear that beach nour ishment, when feasible, is an accept able response to erosion. The state's ban on hard erosion control devices such as seawalls would continue, except when the commission determines there is an overriding need for such a project. For example the CRC made an ex ception in permitting a seawall at Fort Fisher State Historic Site Copies of the proposed rules are available in the North Carolina Re gister or from the N.C Division < A Coastal Management V1V-733 2293 The deadline (of written com ments on the proposed changes is Dec. 1. They should be scat to the CRC care of the NjC Division of Coastal Management, P.O. Box 27687, Raleigh, N.C. 2761 1 -7687 ?ML CONVENIENT TOURS AND TRAVEL FOR ALL YOUR TRAVEL NEEDS 9 Christmas In Opryland ! V Includes: Transportation, Accommodations at Opryland Hotel, Visit Opryland Park, General Jackson Luncheon Cruise, Dinner Show, Tour Nashville, Grand Ole Opry. Dec 14-17 DEPOSITS NEEDED NOWI 4- V Call 754-4222 ready have in the event of a storm or fire. However, town code allows the rebuilding of non-conforming, sin gle-family homes. Building Inspec tor Doug Gillette said the proposal would not affect the replacement of existing homes. As proposed, the usable area of oceanfront lots would be measured from the first stable line of vegeta tion. Canal lots would be measured from the bulkhead and lots fronting marsh would be measured from a "wetland" line. Developer Alan Holden said property owners are concerned that the new regulation would prevent them building their retirement home. "There's going to be some mad people when they find out they can't build their dream house as some of us have," Holden said. "This nothing more than a tactic to prevent more people from coming to Holden Beach," he added. "This is more than changing the speed lim it. This is taking people's property r and taking people's dreams." Holden Beach's planning and zoning board recommended the change as a means of controlling density. Developer Jim Griffin said if the town wants to control density it should restrict the number of bed rooms, not the size of structures. "If the reason this amendment is being considered is density I think you're going in the wrong direc tion," he said. If the proposed regulation had been in effect for the last 25 years. Griffin estimated that 60 to 75 per cent ot the homes on Holden Beach would not have been permitted. Jim McSwain, a builder and for mer town building inspector, said the proposal could affect 600 to 800 of the undeveloped lots on the island that sit along the oceanfront, water way or canals. "We still haven't proved we have an overcrowding problem or a den sity problem," McSwain said. "Do not make a law that is going to af fect everybody because of a few people." Island businessman Larry Mc Dowell said he doesn't think there's anything wrong with the current rule. "I don't think we've got any thing broke now so why not leave it like it is?" Said Don Campbell, "I don't know where this ordinance came from. I think it's ridiculous." ALL THESE PEOPLE HAVE A YELLOW RAGE BOOK, BUT THEY'RE READING YOUR AD IN THE NEWSPAPER. Three Injured Seriously After Rear-End Collision Three people were injured last Wednesday afternoon in a rear-end collision on Cedar Hill Road near Navassa. The accident on S.R. 1430 hap pened at 3:15 p.m. when William Douglas Davis Jr., 46, of Leland, slowed his iy?3 cnevroiei siaiiuu wagon and attempted a left turn into a private driveway. His vehicle was struck in the rear by a 1984 Datsun operated by Ang ela Rence McLain, 30, of Long Beach, reported Trooper A. A. Lew is. Lewis charged McLain with fail ure to reduce speed to avoid an acci dent. Davis. McLain and McLain 's pas senger, Carl Ballard, 42, of Leland, were transported to New Hanover Regional Medical Center with seri ous, non-incapacitating injuries. Damage was estimated at S 1,500 to the Chevrolet and $1,000 to the Datsun. Lewis charged two drivers in volved in an accident Friday, Nov. 4, at 7 a.m. on N.C. 87 near Boiling Spring Lakes. Herman Dawson Jr., 55, of Bolivia, had stopped his 1989 Chevrolet across the center line of N.C. 87, to speak with the driver of another vehicle that had just been in volved in a minor accident, to find out if he was all right. Dawson's stopped car was struck by a 1986 Honda operated Susan Mists C-srt, 28, of Bolivia. Lewis charged Dawson with im peding traffic and Gore with failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident. Dawson, Gore and Dawson's pas senger, Jonathan Johnson, 46, com plained of minor injuries. Damages were estimated at $2,500 to each vehicle. An Ash woman was charged with driving while impaired early Sunday after the truck she was operating overturned on Project Road. The accident happened at 12:15 a.m., reported Trooper D.B. Harvell, as Jackie Lane Babson, 35, was dri ving east on S.R. 1333 in a 1992 Ford pickup. 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