Conflicting Maps Delay
Approval Of Holden
Beach's Land Use Plan
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Coiillicts Ivtween two town maps will delay final
approval ol I lokk'ii Heath's land use plan until
November and loree town officials to hold another pub
'town Manager Gary Parker said the N.C. Coastal
Resources Commission won't certify the land use plan
update because ol discrepancies between a land classifi
cation map and the town's zoning map.
Several tracts on Holdcn Beach are identified as
Conservation on the land classification map but zoned
K I on llie zoning map. Conservation areas can't lie de
veloped. while land zoned R-l can be used for single
Among the property classified as Conservation but
zoned lor residential use is Yacht Watch subdivision tin
Brunswick Avenue. Developers have already graded the
property, built streets, installed water lines and built one
" What we asked the engineer
ing firm to do and what was
done are two different
? Roger Williams, chairman
I lolden Beach Planning Board
Other areas include two undeveloped islands situat
ed in the marsh between Swordfish and Sand Dollar
drives, and property at the northwest corner of
Brunswick Avenue West and High Point Street.
Holdcn Beach Commissioners adopted the land
classification map in August as part of the land use plan
u|xlaic. Sincc town officials need to change the map to
match the zoning map, they must hold another public
Commissioners and the planning board will conduct
a second public hearing on the land use plan Monday,
Ocl. 21 , at 7 p.m. in town hall.
Parker said the town had hoped the CRC would
give final approval of the land use plan at its September
meeting. Because of problems with the maps, however,
it won't Ik certified until at least November.
Town officials use land use plans to make decisions
on growth issues. Iloldcn Beach adopted its first plan in
1976, and this is the third time it has been updated.
Planning Board Chairman Roger Williams blamed
the mistakes on the engineering lirm that was hired to
help draft the plan Henry Von Oescn and Associates
Williams said the planning board, which did most ol
the work on the land use plan, never saw the final land
classification map. But die consulting engineer wrote a
letter saying the map was completed as the town wanted.
"What we asked the engineering firm to do and
what was done are two different things," Williams said
Problems with the maps won't at leet most residents
and property owners, but tliey are causing a delay in the
issuance of stale permits that arc needed to sunt work
on a new subdivision on the island.
Holdcn Beach Knterprises lias applied lor permits to
grade and till about 1>.S acres ot land located east of
High Point Street between Brunswick Avenue West and
the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway.
That's one ol the areas that's classified as
Conservation on the land use plan map but zoned K-l
on the town's zoning map.
Building Inspector Dwiglii Carroll said the state
won't issue permits lor the development until the diller
ences in the two maps are worked out.
The development company plans to build a 1 .050
foot extension ol Sand I'ipci I ane and develop sin
gle-family residential l.ts on the noith side of
The site is an old spoil at i next 10 the waterway
that was last used by the Arm\ Corps ol Engineers in
1976. The Corps released iIn ea inent on the property
10 years ago.
Holden Beach Board
Decision On Pavilion
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The lloldcn Beach Board of
Adjustment plans to visit Surfsidc
Pavilion this week before deciding
whether the business violates die
town's outside lighting ordinance.
Former Interim Town Manager
(ins I ' I rich ruled that the pavilion
lights violate the ordinance because
they aren't shielded and shine off
Pavilion owners Alan and Lyn
Holden appealed the ruling to the
board of adjustment, which recessed
after an hour of discussion Monday
Board members decided to meet
at the business Tuesday night to get
a first-hand look at the lights, then
reconvene dieir meeting Thursday
at 5 p.m. in town hall.
Ulrich notified the pavilion own
ers of the violation in July alter re
ceiving a complaint from Mr. and
Mrs. Larry Snyder, who live on
Hillside Drive three houses east of
I he former manager said the
lighting violates the ordinance be
cause people can see the source of
die light outside the property.
Judy Bryan, a town commission
er who was testifying on behalf of
die Snyders at the hearing, said the
pavilion lights shine inside the cou
ple's porch and house.
The Snyders were out of town
Monday due to a death in the fami
ly. Mrs. Bryan said die pavilion
"This is a case
that's going to set a
precedent for this
? Alan Holden, co-owner
lights aren't shielded as required by
the ordinance. "I wouldn't he able
to stand it if I lived there," she said.
Alan Holden said several outside
lights at the pavilion have been re
moved since the ordinance look ef
fect last November. "In our opinion,
it's lighting our property," he said of
the existing lights.
Carol Ciirard, who helps run the
pavilion, said there are three lights
directed at the miniature golf course
and no more than 1X(X) watts of
light on the entire property.
She invited the board of adjust
ment to play a game on the golf
course so they can see how much
light they have. "We have very lutle
night business at our golf course be
cause people can't see," she said.
The Holden brothers pointed out
several times that other businesses
on the island have more outside
lighting than the pavilion. They
asked to be treated fairly.
Lyn Holden said the other minia
ture golf course on Holden Beach is
lit up like a baseball field compared
to Subside Pavilion. "We're waul
ing to be treated just like the rest of
them," he said.
Alan Holdcn said no business on
the island will be safe if the town
forces the pavilion to shield or re
move its remaining lights. "This is a
case that's going to set a precedent
for this island," he said.
The pavilion owners said the
town needs to develop specific stan
dards for outside lighting at busi
nesses instead of simply reacting to
the complaints of neighbors.
"It's got to be more than the good
old boy routine," Alan Holden said.
He said the business has been
around since the 1950s, and the
Snydcrs knew it was there when
they bought their property on
Ulrich agreed that there isn't
enough light to play miniature golf
at the pavilion at night. He also
agreed that the outside lighting ordi
nance "leaves something to be de
At the outset of the meeting,
board vice chairman Martin Feldt
said the town commission's recent
decision to send the ordinance to
the planning board for review had
no affect on the case.
The ordinance is still in effect, he
said, and the notice of violation was
sent to the pavilion owners more
than a month before the decision to
re-evaluate the outside light regula
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