SHALLOTTE POINT PROJECT
UOB Changes Assessment
Method For SAD 1 6
HY TERRY POPE
Residents of Sea Aire Estates and
Styron's Landing near Holdcn
Beach will all pay u.v uimc fees for
county water lines in a plan ap
proved by the Brunswick County
Utility Operations Board Monday.
In an unrelated but expected
move, the board voted unanimously
to proceed with a Shallottc Point
water project based on comments
made at a public hearing last month.
The Point community will become
one large Special Assessment Dis
trict (SAD) project this year, with
residents served either by main
transmission lines or SAD lines.
UOB members voted unanimous
ly to change the assessment method
lor SAD 16 at Sea Aire and Styron's
landing from one based on square
lixitage of the lots involved to one
where all property owners would
pay assessments of S362 each. That
recommendation will now go to
Brunswick County Commissioners
It would be the first county SAD
project assessed on a per lot basis.
All others have had assessments
based on road frontage or square
footage of the lots included.
In SAD 16, assessments for 215
property owners will increase, said
Public Utility Director Jerry Webb.
For 220 property owners, the assess
ment will decrease.
Residents of Sea Aire Estates pe
titioned the UOB and commission
ers, asking that a different assess
ment method be chosen. Some in
land lots would be assessed more
while the smaller lots along the wa
terway would pay less for water
lines, they argued.
It is the lots along the waterway
that arc valued higher and need wa
ter the most, they told the UOB in
January, when about 100 people
fkxxled the board meeting.
All but five property owners who
submitted letters or signed petitions
in SAD 16 would see their assess
ment bills decrease under a per lot
basis, said Webb. No response has
been received from residents there
whose water bills would increase, he
There arc an estimated 455 lots in
SAD 16. just off of N.C. 130
(Hoklcn Bcach R(vul) I"hc low bid
for the project was S174.62K.
UOB members also voted on rec
ommended assessment methods tor
three other SADs Monday, hut none
on a per lot basis. They include:
?SA!) 7: off the Holdcn Bcach
causeway, east side of N.C. 1 30, will
be assessed .057 cents per square
fool of lot;
?SAD 4>: off the Holdcn Beach
causeway, west side ol N.C. 130,
will be assessed .051 cents per
square foot of lot; and
?SAD IS: includes Hurricane
Haven and Seashore Estates subdi
visions near Holdcn Bcach, will be
assessed .04 cents per square foot of
Varying lot si/cs is one reason for
not always choosing the per lot
method, said Robert Nubcl, UOB
Residents in SADs face mandato
ry assessments to cover the cost of
running water lines into their neigh
borhoods. For persons who live
along the county's main transmis
sion lines, state law doesn't allow
However, a point of service
charge of $450 will be charged.
On a per loi basis, the assessment
would have been $449 lor SAD 7,
but lois varied from 6,500 square
feet to over 54. (XX) square feel, said
"If they're all generally the same
size, then the per lot method is the
best," said Nubcl.
On a per lot basis, the assessment
for SAD 9 would have been $507.
"I'm not sure it's the fairest
method." said Burton Meyers.
From an administrative stand
point, a per lot method would be the
easiest for the water department,
There will always be some who
pay less and some who pay more
under the per lot method than square
fixitagc method. Whether property
owners consider it a fair method or
not would depend on the size of
their lot. said Webb.
"The answer to that is, some will
say it isn't, and some will say it is,"
said Michael Ramos, board attorney.
North Carolina law allows six as
sessment methods for water or sew
cr projects, on the basis of:
?frontage abutting the projeel, at ;in
equal rate per fool;
?street frontage ol the lots served,
or subject to being served, at an
equal rate per foot;
?the area of land served, or subject
to being served, at an equal rate per
?the valuation of land served with
out improvements as shown on the
tax records of the county, at an equal
rate per dollar of valuation;
?the number of lots served, at an
equal rate per lot; and
?a combination of two or more of
"There are no perfect answers,"
said I JOB Chairman Al Morrison.
"What we've tried to come up with
in the past is a method that is the
In addition to cither an assess
ment or point of service fee, all resi
dents who connect to the county wa
ter system must pay a tap-on fee.
In other business Monda>, the
? Met in executive session with the
attorney for about 20 minutes to dis
cuss right of way acquisition, but
took no action afterward.
?Heard from Webb that two board
members, D.V. Jones and Charlie
l ong, will be replaced by commis
sioners for missing more than two
meetings. Jones has indicated he
planned to resign. Webb said. Both
were absent Monday.
?Swore in new board member Earl
Andrews of Shallotte. He succccds
Richard Trcxler of Lcland, who re
Judge Refuses To
Drop Complaint Over
The Southeast Brunswick Sani
tary District has won the first round
of legal action against the town of
Long Beach over zoning rights to an
area of land near Oak Island.
In Bninswick County Superior
Court last week. Judge Giles R.
Clark denied Long Beach's motion
to dismiss the complaint filed Nov.
IS Clark also ordered the town to
file its answer within 20 days.
An attorney representing Long
Beach, Michael B. Brough of
Chapel Hill, filed a motion Jan. 21
to have the complaint dismissed on
grounds that the sanitary district
docs not have jurisdiction over the
land where the construction of a sec
ond bridge to Oak Island is planned.
The Sanitary District wants the
court to strike down controversial
plans by Long Batch to establish ex
traterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ) zon
ing on ihe west side of the Atlantic
The town wants to claim the terri
tory in iLs zoning ordinance, that due
(o "current urban development of
the property" and ihc anticipated
construction of a sccond bridge the
town should establish zoning there.
Brough asked Judge Clark to dis
miss the complaint on grounds that
the Sanitary Distfict lacked jurisdic
tion over the area in question and
had failed to state a claim upon
which relief could be granted.
But in the order filed last Mon
day, Feb. 3, Clark refused to dismiss
the complaint and ruled that the
town should answer the dispute. De
fendants usually have 30 days to an
swer a complaint or else file for ad
The complaint notes that the site
of a new bridge lies four miles west
of the area where the sanitary dis
trict and Long Beach zoning dis
tricts are said to overlap. The bridge
site lies within the boundaries of a
"high priced residential subdivision"
known as St. James Plantation and
not within the overlap area, the com
The Sanitary District was created
on Nov. 9. 1989, by the N.C. De
partmcni of Environment, Health
and Natural Resources, Commission
for Health Services, to provide pub
lic health services to residents in the
district, within three miles or less of
Yaupon Beach, Caswell Bcach and
The complaint asks that Long
Beach be restrained from exercising
any zoning, subdivision regulation,
building code enforcement and plan
ning rules or inspections within the
overlap area. It also wants the
town's enure extraterritorial ordi
nance to be declared void, claiming
that any zoning ordinance estab
lished where a district already exists
In November, Brunswick County
Commissioners appointed two mem
bers to the Long Beach ETJ Planning
Board and Board of Adjustment.
Walter Hill and Patricia Helms, as
recommended by Long Beach.
Buell To Host Chiefs Here
The South Brunswick Islands has
been chosen as the site of yei anoth
Sunset Beach Police Chief J.B.
Buell said Tuesday that he has been
named "host chief' for the 1994 win
ter conference of the North Carolina
Association of Chiefs of Police.
The announcement came at this
year's winter conference, which at
tracted about 400 chiefs, spouses
and other guests to Charlotte.
"I nut in for it," said Ruell
"There will be people here from all
across North Carolina. I think it's
going to mean a lot to the South
Brunswick Islands area."
The conference will be held in
February at Sea Trail Plantation golf
resort. Buell said he plans to ask
other police departments in the
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