Mayor Tom Bennett announced at last night’s Southern Shores Civic Assn. meeting that he has an appointment with N.C. Senator Bob Steinburg on Jan. 29 to discuss amending state law to permit Southern Shores to regulate house occupancy by the number of bedrooms.

The Mayor said he expects to be accompanied to the Raleigh meeting by local home builders and a representative from the Town of Duck. Both Southern Shores and Duck are seeking an exemption from a restriction in N.C. General Statutes (NCGS) sec. 160A-381 that denies them the authority to limit bedrooms in homes.

Senator Steinburg was a member of the N.C. House of Representatives in 2015 when the N.C. General Assembly passed Senate Bill 25, which amended NCGS 160A-381 by substantially reducing the power of towns and other municipalities to regulate “building design elements” and “aesthetics” of housing, including the number and type of rooms.

Mr. Steinburg was elected last November to represent the first district of the N.C. Senate, which includes Dare County.

First-term Representative Bobby Hanig represents the sixth district in the N.C. House, which includes Dare County. Both Senator Steinburg and Representative Hanig are Republicans.

The Southern Shores Town Council unanimously approved at its Jan. 8 meeting a resolution requesting that the General Assembly allow Southern Shores to regulate density and occupancy in its residential districts by setting a maximum number of bedrooms within one- and two-family dwellings. (Resolution #2019-01-01.)

The resolution, which Mayor Bennett proposed, seeks the N.C. legislature’s consideration and passage of a bill that would permit the Town of Southern Shores to 1) limit the number of bedrooms in such dwellings, 2) by no fewer than seven. (See The Beacon’s blog, 1/9/19.)

The Beacon will follow up this announcement at a date closer to the Jan. 29 meeting.

FIRE STATION DEMOLITION: During his report to the SSCA membership, the Mayor confirmed SSVFD Fire Chief Ed Limbacher’s report to the Town Council last week that demolition of the SSVFD fire station at Pintail Trail and South Dogwood Trail will begin next Monday. Make your plans now to avoid South Dogwood Trail for at least a week or longer while the demolition takes place.

According to Chief Limbacher, the SSVFD is now operating out of its temporary facility behind the Kitty Hawk Elementary School.

SSCA NEWS: New Flag Pole, Open Positions on 2019-20 Board

Among the news reported last night by members of the SSCA Board of Directors were the following items:

*The SSCA plans to install a three-flag flag pole at Triangle Park, which is the SSCA’s parking-lot-and-park property at the Ocean Boulevard-Duck Road split. Properties Director Joel Newton said he is working with Town Councilman Jim Conners, the owner of Laughing Gull Design Studio, to design the flag pole, which “will be lit.” Mr. Newton presented a full-color diagram showing that the lighted flag pole will be located in the southwest corner of the park, near Duck Road. In response to an inquiry from a member of the audience, Mr. Newton said he would arrange to have the diagram available online.

*The SSCA is currently interviewing people for two open positions on its Architectural Review Board, according to Bylaw/Long-Range Planning/ARB Director Rod McCaughey. After the ARB committee completes its interviews, Mr. McCaughey said, it will make position recommendations to the SSCA Board.

*The SSCA is still seeking volunteers for two 2019-20 Board of Directors positions, one is for treasurer, the other is an at-large seat. You may contact the SSCA at ssca@obxbeach.net or 261-8617.

Ann G. Sjoerdsma, 1/15/19


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