Furniture is acceptable for pickup, but should be placed roadside.

The fall bulk trash collection will be Friday, Oct. 7. The Town asks that you not place items in a street right-of-way for pickup before Friday, Sept. 30.

For details about what is and is not approved for pickup, and where you may dispose of unapproved items, see:


The items most often mistakenly put out for collection, and rejected, are building materials, including lumber, lumber scraps, roofing, doors, windows, screens, stairs, cabinets, and demolition debris. Carpets, rugs, televisions, water heaters, and toilets are also unacceptable.

All yard waste/vegetative debris must be bagged in clear or brown paper bags for it to be collected.


The Town Planning Board will meet Monday at 5 p.m., and the Town Council will meet Tuesday at 9 a.m., both in the Pitts Center.

The Beacon will not be covering these meetings.

Heading the Planning Board agenda is continued consideration of Zoning Text Amendment (ZTA) 21-08, which is a rewrite of Town Code sections pertaining to the regulation of signs. Former Town Attorney Ben Gallop was to do a final legal review of the ZTA before the Board signed off on the Code changes.

You may access ZTA 21-08 here: https://www.southernshores-nc.gov/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/9-12-22-ZTA-21-08-Signage.pdf.

The Planning Board also will take up a new ZTA submitted by Town staff to bring the Town Code language on how to measure building height in new mixed-use group commercial-residential developments into conformity with the Code language on building-height measurements in all other zoning districts. This is ZTA 22-10: https://www.southernshores-nc.gov/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/ZTA-22-10-Mixed-Use-Group-Development-Building-Height.pdf.

This is basically a housekeeping ZTA. The maximum building height in town is 35 feet.

The most interesting agenda item before the Planning Board is a discussion of potential design standards for new commercial construction and, perhaps, for remodeled and substantially improved commercial buildings. The Board has not yet defined its focus.

No commercial design standards currently exist. The Board has expressed an interest in creating some in the wake of the Town Council’s approval of mixed-use commercial-residential developments in the commercial district.

The principal issue on the Town Council’s agenda for its Tuesday morning meeting is the budget.

For the Planning Board’s agenda and supporting materials, see https://www.southernshores-nc.gov/planning-board-will-meet-on-september-19/.

For the Town Council’s agenda, see https://mccmeetings.blob.core.usgovcloudapi.net/soshoresnc-pubu/MEET-Agenda-48b27117a02a46218d05052e56f22eab.pdf.

THE BEACON, 9/15/22


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