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HEARING SET ON LAND USE PLAN
Holden Beoch Wonts To
Keep Its Fomily Image
I?Y IKHJ<; RUTTKR
Holdcn Bcach leaders want to
maintain a residential community
with strong economic tics to tour
ism, according to the latest update
of the town's land use plan.
Commissioners say in the pro
posal plan that they want the island
to remain "a quiet, lamily-orienied
bcach community of primarily sin
gle-family residences with limited
Holdcn Beach adopted its first
land use plan in 1976 and has up
dated it twice since then. A public
hearing on the 1990 update is
scheduled Monday, Aug. 5, at 7
p.m. in town hall.
A land use plan provides "a blue
print for future growth so that
growth will occur on the communi
ty's own terms rather than in a hap
Town board members use land use
plans to guide their decisions, and
suite officials use them when consid
ering project funding and permitting.
The Holdcn Bcach plan includes
background information on popula
tion and building as well as land use
policies and regulations. It lists con
straints to development and esti
mates future demands and land use
The permanent population of the
island increased 170 percent be
twccn 19X0 and 1990, from 232 to
62X. The number of lull-lime resi
dents is expected to more than dou
ble by the year 2(K)f>. with a projec
tion of 1 ,33X.
Mousing units also have increased
over the last decade, from 1,027 in
19X0 to 1,724 last year. The number
of housing units is expected to rise to
2,5X6 over the next 1 5 years.
Presently, more than 90 percent
of the houses on Holden Beach arc
used as seasonal homes or rental
units. There have been 302 new
structures built since the last land
use plan update in 19X5.
A key policy in the proposed plan
addresses the handling of sewage.
Most homes on the island use con
ventional septic tanks, but two re
cent cngincci sag studies have rec
ommended the town move toward a
central sewer system.
Town commissioners voted in
April 1990 to establish a manage
ment entity to oversee the installa
tion and maintenance of existing
and new septic tank systems.
The land use plan says the man
agement program would not be a
permanent solution, but rather "an
interim measure which will not pre
clude the ultimate development of a
central sewer system at some time
in the future when economics favor
the development of such a system."
It's pointed out in the land use
plan that the soils on Holdcn Beach
could be a constraint to future de
velopment. Much of the soils arc
subject to ponding, flooding or wet
ness, it says, which could affect
their suitability for septic tanks.
According to the proposed plan,
town officials discourage over
crowding of houses, which can
overload septic systems and cause
them to fail.
Holdcn Beach Commissioners al
so frown on the use of package
treatment plants, but may consider
them on a casc-by-case basis.
Among the other policies in the
proposed plan, town officials sup
port the development of special tax
districts that would allow landown
ers to pay for the maintenance
dredging of canals.
The town also says in the land
use plan that it will comply with
stale regulations against erosion
control structures that harden the
shoreline, but "would not be op
posed to the construction of a jetty
at the badly-eroding east end at
Lockwood Folly Inlet."
The proposed plan includes a pol
icy opposing the development of
any marinas on the island, and a
section devoted to hurricane pre
paredness and recovery.
STAFF PHOTO BY TONIA TREST
Catheryn Mintz (left) and her cousin, Jody McCoy (right), hold a 40-inch alligator that recently wan
dered into the back yard of the Mintz home on U.S. 17 south of Shallotte. After temporarily taping its
snout shut. Wildlife Officer Fred Taylor (far left) said he planned to relocate the young reptile to the
Green Swamp. Catheryn's father, John Mintz, looks on at far right.
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