Zoning, Deed Restrictions
Draw Questions At Calabash *
I?Y DORI C.CJl RtJANl'S
Residents of Calabash gathered
Monday afternoon to hear from a
slate official about ways to prevent
poorly maintained mobile homes
from being allowed in their neigh
Tom Cassell, chief planner with
strictions and zoning in Calabash
Pali Lewellyn, chairperson of the
planning board, said thai Cassell
was asked to visit Calabash "for in
formational purposes, really."
She said she had heard many
questions from residents of Calabash
Acres who were not happy thai so
many run-down manufactured
homes exist in lhat subdivision.
Two petitions arc circulating
through the Calabash area. One re
quests that all of Calabash Acres be
the Division of
sistance, was in
i vited by the
' Calabash Plan
ning and Zoning
Board lo hold
session wiih res
idents to answer
about deed re
rc/oncd 10 allow manufactured
The other asks that all lots west of
Meares Street to Thomasboro Road
be re/oned to accommodate manu
factured homes as well as double
wides and stickbuilt homes.
Deed restrictions in Calabash
Acres prohibit mobile homes, but
lots have been sold to many mobile
home owners in the past few years,
Ms Lcwcllyn said she'd been told.
The subdivision cast of the town is
split by N.C. 179. The section north
of the highway contains lots with
mobile homes on them, while the
southern part has mostly "stickbuilt"
houses. The area is currently zoned
R 6, which prohibits mobile homes.
Billie Mitchell, a member of the
planning board and resident of
Calabash Acres, said that many of
the mobile homes in her area arc un
sightly and poorly maintained,
which she fears could cause her
property values to plummet.
"What protects people who
bought bccausc it was zoned resi
dcnual and now they're having trou
ble protecting their investments?"
Ms. Mitchell said of the subdivision.
"Most of us arc retired."
Casscll told the group that deed
restrictions arc not something within
the town's authority to enforce.
"Deed restrictions will never be
enforced by the town. That's just not
going to happen," he said.
However, the town does have sev
For one, it could allow the con
centration of mobile homes on the
west side of N.C. 1 79, he said.
While it cannot enforce deed re
strictions, the town docs have the
power to change zoning regulations.
These allow it to regulate the main
tenance and condition of mobile
homes, Casscll said. The town could
require a certain length of annual oc
cupancy. mandate that the wheels be
removed or that a home have a
pitched roof and solid base.
Casscll asked the group to trust in
the work of the town board, but
sympathized with property owners'
"It is a predicament," he said. "I
would advise the town that it should
decide what's good for the whole
community, and for residents to not
worry about deed restrictions."
He advised that the town should
leave some area within its bound
aries where mobile homes arc al
"If you prohibit manufactured
homes, you'll have that ordinance
overturned, I assure you that,"
Hears Appeal For Soil Expert
BY TERRY POPE
Local developers say they are los
ing sales bccausc there is no soil ex
pert in the Brunswick County Health
A shuffling of employees also
concerns property owners who ap
pear to be waiting longer than nor
mal for septic tank permits.
Shallotte surveyor Bobby Long
said lie applied for five soil evalua
tions for septic tank permits on Oct.
16 and did not get results until Dec.
18. Two sales slipped past his officc
as a result, he said.
The Brunswick County Board of
Health said Monday it will ask com
missioners in June to fund a soil sci
entist's position to increase the de
partment's expertise in soils. Last
year, commissioners moved soil sci
entist Walter Mariey from the county
administrator's office aiiu uansicrrcd
him to the county engineer's depart
ment. He had provided technical as
sistance lo the health department.
"Walter Maiic> was a real asset to
ihis county," Lonn told the hc?.!ih
board. "He provided many with
Long said he wanted to offer the
board any assistance he could to im
prove the situation within the envi
ronmental health section.
"I see both ends of it," he said. "If
there's any way the professional
community can help or assist, we're
willing to do that."
Long also said the department
should hire someone "who is a pro
fessional of soils" lo replace John
Crowder, who stepped down from
his job as environmental health su
pervisor last month to become an
"This board will request a soil sci
entist for the next budget year," said
Bill Rabon. "Whether we get it or not
remains to be seen. Your losing two
sales is not all nghL That's basically
the life and blood of our county."
Sheii Foini Lois
The board took no action on a re
quest from Tim Powell of Powell
and Associates, who wants help in
evaluating 42 lots in Shell Point
Powell purchased the lots in 1986
and has had trouble getting them to
perk for scptic systems.
To recoup the losses the company
needs evaluations on all lots, which
could be both time consuming and
costly, said Jody Simmons, the
Realtor who represents the firm.
The company has asked that the
department cither. 1) examine an en
gineer's report on the site to make
judgment on the 42 lots or, 2) allow
the firm to employ a health special
ist by the hour to evaluate the lots
Health Director Michael Rhodes
recommended against the hiring of a
health specialist by the firm. U would
require a change in fees, which must
be approved by Brunswick County
Commissioners, he said.
Other H; icjnucc
In other business Monday, the
?Elected HJ. "Skip" Davis of
Ocean Isle Beach as chairman and
Maliston "Mo" Stanley of Shallouc
as vice chairman.
?Davis appointed himself, Bill
Rabon and Pat Nutter to the environ
mental health committee; Marcus
Williams and Joey Galloway to the
personal health services committee;
Brad Williams, Ms. Nutter and
Stanley to the budget committee;
and Bill Rabon, Arthur Knox and
himself to the personnel committee.
?Voted to request that commission
ers set a maximum of S7 as an adop
tion fee for animals from the
Brunswick County Animal Control
Shelter for licensed nursing and rest
homes in Brunswick County.
?Agreed to send letters to attorneys
asking that they remind clients dur
ing land purchases that septic tank
permits are good for five years. If a
septic lank has not been installed,
the landowner must seek renewal of
the permit by the heaiui dcpaiUncni.
?Appointed Brad Williams as repre
sentative to the Area Health Educ
ation Center (AHEC) in Wilming
ton, which serves a five-county re
gion with training programs and
classes for health care professionals.
?Met in executive session for about
30 minutes to discuss personnel, but
look no action afterward.
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