2/16/21: TODAY’S 5 P.M. PLANNING BOARD MEETING TO BE LIVE-STREAMED.

The cover page of the “final” assessment submitted by CodeWright in 2019. The Planning Board will be reviewing an amended version of its earlier draft, known as the November 2020 Adoption Draft, which is available on the Town website.

Today’s 5 p.m. Town Planning Board meeting, which is being held to start the Board’s review of sections of consultant CodeWright Planners’ proposed draft of a new Town Code of Ordinances, will be live-streamed, according to Town Manager Cliff Ogburn.

You may watch the livestream on the Town of Southern Shores You Tube website at https://www.youtube.com/user/TownofSouthernShores.

Mr. Ogburn had already been discussing the possibility of live-streaming today’s Planning Board meeting with Wes Haskett, Town Planning Director and Deputy Town Manager, when The Beacon contacted him yesterday. We thank them both for enabling this convenience.

Traditionally, Planning Board meetings are neither live-streamed nor videotaped. The only way to determine what occurred at a Board meeting, if one cannot attend it, has been to read the meeting minutes, which are posted on the Town website.

All You Tube livestreams of public meetings are videotapes that may be viewed later on the same website. This is a far superior record of the proceedings than minutes of the meeting.    

As The Beacon reported yesterday, the Planning Board will take up first the revised definitions section of the Town Code, which is chapter 4. It plans to review three other chapters that fall within its purview at subsequent meetings: chapter 22, zoning; chapter 26, subdivisions; and chapter 28, flood damage prevention.

The Town Code draft the Planning Board will be reviewing is dated Nov. 24, 2020, and it known as the “adoption draft.” You will find it on the Town website.

The meeting will be held in the Pitts Center subject to COVID-19 safety protocols.

The Beacon, 2/16/21

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