TOWN OF EMERALD ISLE
MINUTES OF PLANNING BOARD
MONDAY, OCTOBER 18, 1999
The meeting was called to order by Chairman, Clark Wylde, at 7:00 P.M.
Members present: Clark Wylde, Jess Randall, Leroy Henderson, Mal Boyette,
Bill Farrington, Roy Brownlow and Bob Smith.
Also in attendance: Pete Allen, Town Manager; James Taylor, Building Inspector; Carol Angus, Secretary.
Minutes of Regular Meeting September 20, 1999 were approved as written. Motion to approve made by Jess Randall, second by Roy Brownlow with unanimous approval in favor of the motion.
Report from Town Manager - Mr. Pete Allen gave the members a brief account of the decisions and discussions at the Town Board of Commissioners meeting on Tuesday, October 12, 1999. Beach renourishment was one of the major topics of that meeting.
Mr. Allen said he will have other comments on the renourishment issue later in the meeting.
Report from Building Inspector – Mr. Jim Taylor gave the members a summary of the value and permits done for the month of September. Mr. Taylor advised the department is quite active with the permits resulting from the recent hurricanes. Quite a number of homeowners from eastern town limits to Lands End will be able to do a beach push prior to November 15 if they apply for a permit through the CAMA office in Morehead City.
Mr. Smith asked how much sand can be pushed for these properties. Mr. Taylor advised that it can only be the width of the property to the high water mark and not more than one foot in depth and the grading contractors are aware of this requirement.
Mr. Brownlow had a few general questions for Mr. Taylor that was answered to his satisfaction regarding inspections and plat review. Also some discussion that the buffer areas in commercial districts will be more strictly monitored and regulated in the future.
Mr. Farrington asked whether Mr. Larry T. Watson had the necessary parking for the commercial building he is building at Fairview Drive.
Rezoning Request from J.M. McManus, Trustee for western portion of Block 14 from Mobile Home to R2. – Pam Wall, as agent, represented this agenda item. Mr. Randall, Review Committee chairman, advised that the committee felt this request is within the scope of the surrounding properties and was in favor of the rezoning request. Mr. Roy Brownlow made the motion to recommend approval of the rezoning to the Town Board for their consideration, with second by Jess Randall and unanimous board approval.
Rock Point S/D, Final Plat, 5-lots, Northern portion of Block 14 – Mr. Pate Phillips represented this agenda item. Mr. Phillips asked that the recommendation be made to the Town Board for approval with the contingency that the Health Department has submitted their approval for each lot. With the recent storms the Health Department is so busy they are not able to keep up with the demand for site visits.
Mr. Wylde then brought up the issue regarding the pavement of the public street. He did not feel that the 12’ of pavement would meet with Town Board approval regarding town specifications for a street. He brought up that a former developer had to pave the entire portion of a road that ran parallel with their property. Mr. Phillips said the McLean family had not planned to develop the street, but he would pass this issue on to the family. Mr. Allen, Town Manager, said the road appears to be included on the Powell Bill Map, which means the town has been collecting revenue for this pavement for a number of years. The lots affected should be able to access this pavement as it exists. (There was considerable discussion between members, Mr. Allen, and Mr. Phillips. Due to several discussions going on at one time it is difficult to determine each individual conversation through the microphones). The decision was then made to recommend approval to the Town Board with the final decision regarding the street to be made at that time. The issues as to whether it should be paved or left as it exists will be addressed at the Town Board meeting since it does appear on the Powell Bill map.
Mr. Wylde advised that since this subdivision has been reviewed in the preliminary stages and as there are no changes or additions to the plat that it might be recommended for approval this evening subject to the safety of the street. Mr. Leroy Henderson made the motion to recommend approval to the Town Board for the Rock Point S/D contingent upon the Town Board making the decision as to who is responsible for the paving or resurfacing of Park Drive; and also the County Health Department approval for the septic permits for the five lots. The second was made by Jess Randall and unanimous approval in favor of the motion.
Final Plat, The Sands S/D, JTW, Inc., 9-lots, Block 15 – Mr. Pate Phillips attended to represent this item. Mr. Wylde reiterated about the required buffer on the north boundary of each of the nine lots there must be a vegetated buffer planted to achieve a height of 6’ and 3 feet wide in three years. This requirement is to be passed on to each of the future property owners when they purchase the property. This notation is shown on the plat as submitted.
Mr. Brownlow wanted to be sure that all parties are aware that the flood zone being designated as a "V" zone cannot allow fill for structural purposes. Each lot is below the 14’ base flood elevation and any habital space must be certified to be at least 16’ above base flood.
Motion was made by Jess Randall, second by Roy Brownlow that The Sands S/D be recommended to the Town Board for approval with the condition that the Health Department Permits be in hand. Vote was unanimous in favor of the motion.
Due to a conflict of interest Mr. Bill Farrington was excused from the following items on the agenda, Sunset Harbor, Preliminary Plat, Lot 1, Lot 2, and Lot 4. Motion to excuse Mr. Farrington made by Jess Randall, second by Mal Boyette with unanimous approval in favor of the motion.
C. Sunset Harbor Condominium, Preliminary Plat, Lot 1, Block 38 - This project was represented by Rick Farrington.
Motion was made by Mal Boyette second by Leroy Henderson, with unanimous approval, to recommend this item to Review Committee on Wednesday, October 20, 1999.
D. Sunset Harbor Condominium, Preliminary Plat, Lot 2, Block 38 - This project was represented by Rick Farrington.
Motion was made by Mal Boyette, second by Leroy Henderson, with unanimous approval, to recommend this item to Review Committee on Wednesday, October 20, 1999.
E. Sunset Harbor Condominium, Preliminary Plat, Lot 4, Block 38 - This project was represented by Rick Farrington.
Motion was made by Mal Boyette, second by Leroy Henderson with unanimous approval to recommend this item to Review Committee on Wednesday, October 20, 1999.
Mr. Farrington was then returned to the board discussion. Motion to return this member made by Mr. Henderson, second by Bob Smith, with unanimous approval.
Mr. Farrington brought the board up to date on the meetings he has had with Jim Taylor of the Inspections Department and Mr. Art Daniel, Structural Engineer, as to some of the methods that can be recommended for stormwater runoff. One of the methods is a dry well; second is a rock envelope around the house, which the gutters will drain into; and third is driveway slope and berms to avoid water running to adjacent properties. All these plans are to have the method retain 1-1/2" of stormwater on the property. If a property owner has an idea different from these plans, they will be considered.
Mr. Daniel is to have more information available to have this requirement become an ordinance in the year 2000.
Mr. James Taylor asked that a change be made to the ordinance that now reads that tip penetration must be four feet when in fact a tip penetration by state code requires eight foot penetration. He called with Mr. Barry Gupton, with the North Carolina Department of Insurance, who advised that the specifications should be enforced per the state code in Volume 1. Mr. Taylor was then asked to have a draft done for this change for the next meeting.
Mr. Farrington also asked that the piling shape be considered to use a tapered piling with the wide taper to the bottom to allow for resistance from uplift. Mr. Henderson brought up the cost of driving piling, and that it will be quite a costly project to drive it 8 feet. In the long run the repair costs should be less if they were deeper. Mr. Randall said he had 8 feet of water in his garage, the dock was completely covered and did not raise, using the 8’ deep square pilings.
Mr. Allen then advised the members of other items that the members may be interested in:
- New ISO Fire Rating, January 2000, is now 4.
- Storm debris is costing $100,000.00/week
- Beach nourishment studies are ongoing.
Motion to adjourn was made by Jess Randall, second by Roy Brownlow with unanimous approval in favor of the motion.