Agendas and Minutes

October 10, 2000 

Posted by The Town of Emerald Isle 10/10/2000

September 18, 2000 

Planning Board

Town of Emerald Isle Planning Board

Minutes of Regular Meeting

Monday, September 18, 2000

The Meeting was called to order by Chairman, Cary Harrison at 7:00 P.M. Members present were: Chairman Harrison, Ceil Saunders, Frank Vance, Phil Almeida, David Schock, George McLaughlin and Ed Dowling. Others attending: Carol Angus, Secretary; James W. Taylor, Building Inspector; Pete Allen, Town Manager.

Minutes of Regular Meeting of August 21, 2000 – were approved with correction to page 2 to delete "he" in first sentence of second paragraph; and, to change the word "source" to "obstacle" (1) one page 2, paragraph 5. Also, to delete "then to the Town Board for discussion at a monthly meeting" in last paragraph on page 3. Motion to approve the minutes, as corrected, was made by Phil Almeida, second by Frank Vance, with unanimous approval in favor of the motion.

Report from Town Manager – Mr. Pete Allen gave the members a brief summary of the items before the Town Board of Commissioners for their regular meeting of September 12, 2000.

Report from Building Inspector – Mr. James Taylor advised the board that the dollar value assessed for August permits to be in excess of $900,000.00. There were 4 new construction starts for single-family dwellings for the month.

Chairman Harrison asked that Item D under Old Business, Discussion of letter to be presented to Board of Commissioners regarding the rezoning of some areas of RMH zoning to R2 zoning, be tabled until the October 17th meeting. The reason for the request is that "it is not quite a finished topic". Motion to table this agenda item until October was made by Phil Almeida, second by Ed Dowling with unanimous approval in favor of the motion.

Before proceeding with Old Business, Chairman Harrison advised the representatives that at the Board of Commissioners meeting on September 12, that a moratorium placed on any issuance of permits in B-3 zones until the results of the recently contracted engineering studies can be examined. There will be a special meeting held on Monday, September 25, 2000 at 7:00 for the purpose of Public Comment on this issue.

OLD BUSINESS:

 

  1. Commercial Review of Watson Hotel corner of Emerald, Islander, and Reed Drives, Block 41 – Mr. Ken Burnette, Will Riedel of Burnette Architects & Planning and Mr. Ronnie O. Watson were representing this project. Mr. Harrison asked Mr. Almeida for any comments he had regarding the stormwater plan.

    Mr. Harrison asked Mr. Almeida for any comments he had regarding the stormwater plan. Mr. Almeida said he would like additional information of the elevations, both original and finished, of the site to determine that there will be no accumulation of water in the area. He felt there were not enough elevations along the property line to show that the water will be retained on the property.

    Mr. Harrison advised that, if there were to be an off premise sign for the project, and if there were, where it will be located, size of the sign and in what zone. Mr. Almeida felt that something should be done about the water problems at Reed Dr and Islander Dr.

    Town Manager, Pete Allen, advised that the Town will probably approach this problem in the new future with 1 to 4 catch basins in the intersection. They would be piped to the ditches to be lowered to contain the water. Mr. Harrison asked Mr. Taylor, Building Inspector, if the patios, as indicated, can encroach into the setbacks. Mr. Taylor advised this is allowed, as long as the encroachment is not covered by a roof.

    Motion to proceed with this project to Review Committee on Sept. 20 was made by Ceil Saunders, second by Phil Almeida with unanimous approval in favor of the Motion.

    Because Mr. Ronnie Watson will be out of town for the Review Committee meeting On Wednesday, he was asked if he had any comments. Mr. Watson said he wanted to do a project that will be a credit to the town and was looking forward to begining. There was a drawing of the proposed hotel and surroundings that will be available at the review committee meeting.

    Mr. Gus Farmakidis asked to be heard regarding this project and was recognized by Chairman Harrison. Mr. Farmakidis said he did not know this item was going to be on the agenda, but he had something to say. He said somewhere he read that in a hotel, one room used ten times or one hundred times the water that a normal house uses. It generates ten times to one hundred times the amount of garbage that one single family house uses. The aquifer is being reduced and your going to put these things in there, 58 rooms. Don’t even consider all this water it’s going to use? The aquifer is being reduced, there’s all kinds of stuff in the paper. Is this all BULL.

    Your telling me the dumps are being filled up and this will generate so much more trash. This should be stopped, no one says a word about this. Is the aquifer just a renewable source? He doesn’t understand this and he doesn’t think we should allow stuff like this. That’s his water, and when it goes what happens to it? These guys take all the money, at his expense. That’s great that they pay more taxes, but how about the water? The water is significant, not their taxes.

    Mr. Harrison advised that this is a renewable aquifer.

    Mr. Faramakidis asked about the articles in the paper that say eastern Carolina is having tremendous with all that. That aquifer goes way down. He is sorry, but he really disagrees with this thing. For what good, not for his good, always for someone else’s good. How about the aquifer and that trash. You just doubled the trash and filled the dumps.

  2. Reed Drive Commercial Park S/D, Preliminary Plat, Block 42 Southwest corner of Emerald Drive and Coast Guard Road - Mr. Alan Bell and Mr. John McLean, in attendance to represent this project. Mr. McLean advised that they and appeared before the Review Committee and some changes were requested and radius’ were to be redrawn. He thought this would result in an informal return to Review committee. He didn’t realize he must return to Planning Board every time to return to Review Committee. The items that were addressed have been changed. There is 12’ wide pavement as opposed to 10’ wide for the one-way street among other things.

    Mr. Harrison said he hoped Mr. McLean and Mr. Watson (property owner) understood the driving force behind the traffic studies being done for that area. The Town wants to provide the infrastructure for a major intersection. The Town is not trying to impede your project or what you plan to do.

    Mr. McLean said he understands the Town’s concern, but hoped they did not drag their feet and will be done in a timely manner.

    Mr. Harrison said that the Town had opted to hire two firms to look at this area rather than wait for a free resource from DOT and not have any idea of when it might be returned. He went on to advise of a Special Meeting being held on September 25, 2000 to issue a moratorium on new commercial projects until this study can be reviewed in depth.

    Mr. Almeida asked Mr. McLean why a 1991 survey was being used for this project.

    Mr. McLean said that the topography does not change that much and to do it over again it would cost thousands of dollars when topos don’t change that much.

    Mr. Almeida said that wetlands might change.

    McLean responded that he may be correct.

    Mr. Almeida has concerns about the one-way traffic exiting on to Coast Guard Rd. The one-way traffic street width and pavement width is not defined anywhere in the ordinances.

    Mr. Taylor said that with the proposal as it is shown there would be 12’ of pavement, which is two feet more than half of a two-way street for one lane. (Two way Street has minimum 20’ pavement).

    Mr. McLean had no real response to Mr. Almeida’s question other than that maybe the trucks take the exit road to enter to avoid the blind curve. He said he and Mr. Bell will "revisit" if that is necessary. Mr. McLean advised that if this is a paved city street the town will receive Powell Bill funding whether it is one-way or two-way.

    Mr. McLaughlin said he would like to see, on the map, where the entrance to Pebble Beach is located and where the access to Reed Drive is located.

    Mr. Allen told the board that the traffic studies should be available by the end of the month. He is personally going to pick up one of the studies on Thursday, September 28, 2000.

    Mr. Taylor, building inspector, asked that the portion of the wetland that will be filled must be redesignated to create the new wetland for the tradeoff. Mr. McLean said it will be immediately adjacent to the existing wetland.

     

  3. Sea Turtle and Sandfence Awareness – Mr. Frank Vance gave a detailed breakdown on the proposed sea turtle/sandfence/lighting awareness program. He submitted a very well written proposal broken down into a number of different aspects. First and foremost is to let the public be aware through rental brochures, newsletters, website, signage, stickers on light switches, cost factors, etc. Mass mailings would also be a way to let just the oceanfront owners be aware of the project. This proposal will be forwarded to the Town Board of Commissioners for their review at their October meeting. Motion to recommended this proposal to the Town Board for their October meeting was made by David Schock, second by George McLaughlin with unanimous approval in favor of the motion.

    (Previously tabled)

  4. Discussion of letter to be presented to Board of Commissioners regarding the rezoning of some areas of RMH to R-2 zoning. Mr. Harrison asked that this issue be held until the October meeting because the letter had not yet been done as a final draft.
  5. Recommendation of Wireless Communications Ordinance – Mr. Harrison was commended by the board for all the time he has spent on this ordinance and the second draft. Mr. Harrison said he had spent nine months on this ordinance. He advised that Carteret Craven EMC had sent him a plat of Emerald Isle that shows every pole that could be used for communications antennas. His map being presented to the Town Board will indicate the air accesses, the water towers, power/utility poles, etc. Motion to recommend the Wireless Communications draft to the Town Board for their October meeting was made by George McLaughlin second by Ceil Saunders, with unanimous approval in favor of the motion.

 

There being no further business before the board, motion was made to adjourn by David Schock, second by Phil Almeida with unanimous approval in favor of the motion.

8:15 P.M.

Posted by The Town of Emerald Isle 09/18/2000

September 12, 2000 

Board of Commissioners
Posted by The Town of Emerald Isle 09/12/2000

August 21, 2000 

Planning Board

Town of Emerald Isle
Regular Planning Board Meeting
Minutes

Monday August 21, 2000

The meeting was called to order by Co-chairman, Cary Harrison at 7:00 P.M. Members present were: Cary Harrison, Ceil Saunders, George McLaughlin, David Schock, Phil Almeida, Frank Vance and newly appointed member Ed Dowling. Also attending, Pete Allen, Town Manager and Secretary, Carol Angus.

Approval of Minutes of Regular Meeting July 17, 2000 - Mr. Harrison pointed out on page 1 to clarify the request to hold the Chairman and Co-chairman election at the August meeting; also, two errors on page 3 that needed changing from “commercial” to “commissioner” and to clarify, page 4, a comment regarding lighting made by Frank Vance. Minutes were then approved as corrected by Ed Dowling, second by Frank Vance with unanimous approval in favor of the motion.

Report from Town Manager - Mr. Allen gave a brief summary of the Town Board meeting on Tuesday, August 8, 2000. One item relevant to the Planning Board was the decision to allow certified engineers, other than David Criser, to do the review on projects being presented to the Planning Board. Mr. Criser’s office has become so busy that some of the town’s recent projects have been held up for weeks awaiting their approval.

Report from Building Inspector - Ms. Angus, in Mr. Jim Taylor’s absence, gave the report from the Inspections Dept. She advised that new-start permits are declining, as has been expected.

Election of Officers - Nomination was made by Ceil Saunders for Cary Harrison as Chairman and Phil Almeida as Vice-chairman. Vote was requested for Chairman; and Mr. Harrison was elected unanimously; however, the nomination for Mr. Almeida was defeated when he stated that he will be out of town for a number of meetings and would rather see someone else in the position. George McLaughlin then made nomination, for Ceil Saunders for vice-chairman. The vote was six in favor and one opposition, for Ms. Saunders as Vice-chairman.

OLD BUSINESS:

  • Update on Sandfence Committee - Mr. Frank Vance advised the board of the meeting held on August 17, which included Ms. Ruth Boettcher from N.C. Wildlife Commissioner and Gus Wilgus, official of the Turtle Trotters at Emerald Isle. The board felt that public awareness is the key to sandfencing and lighting in regard to the turtle egg laying and hatching. Perhaps to have realtors include pamphlets in their brochures, stickers on switch plates to remind occupants to turn off the lights, items in the newsletter and an article in Island Review. All members feel that most people want to cooperate in the turtle hatching and will be glad to do their part. Mr. Vance said he would like to see if an simple ordinance might be written for sandfencing to help the Inspections Dept. to enforce the recommendations made by N.C. Wildlife. He felt the lighting situation would be more difficult to enforce than the sandfencing. Perhaps the ordinance to be written to afford the Dunes and Vegetation Protection Officer (DVPO) the opportunity to advise persons not following the recommendations of N.C. Wildlife. Mr. Harrison said he that 90% of this project is public awareness. The question arose regarding an ordinance for sandfencing and lighting if there was not a description of the prerequisites for such. That is why it might be best to speak with the Town Attorney. Mr. Vance also would like to pursue the possibility of installing signs on the ocean accesses to advise people of the sandfence and lighting regulations. Also, the realtors should be notified and have agreed to supplying brochures or information about the sea turtles and sandfencing by the end of October to be sure it is included in the 2001 mailings. 
     
  • Update on Zoning Reclassification - Mr. David Schock, chairman of this committee, advised that he has studied the issue and finds there are elements that make a voluntary rezoning not feasible.
    1. The primary legal source is that 100% of the entire section of land (subdivision) must sign for the rezoning. If one person were to hold out, it could not be done.
    2. He does not feel that one corporation could come in and buy enough land in a particular area, build a hotel, including area of a size for a septic system, and parking with any kind of affordability.
    3. This is more difficult with the limitation of three stories as was recently adopted. A big enough hotel could not be built to offset the cost of buying that land.

    It is Mr. Schock’s recommendation that a letter be drafted to the Town Board that, at this particular time, the Planning Board should not move forward on the issue of rezoning RMH to R-2.

    Mr. Harrison asked if Mr. Schock had asked if there were any covenants for any subdivisions that might address this possibility (of being bought up and hotels built). If the subdivision homeowners associations were to have a clause in their own covenants, this would be legally binding in preventing such a use. Mr. Almeida said he lives in Lands End and the covenant states that it is for residential use, not for commercial use.

    Mr. Schock asked for a list of the names of active homeowners associations to see if they might be interested in implementing such a clause. Ms. Angus replied that she would try to collect a list of such associations.

    Commissioner Wootten advised that he, not speaking for the entire Board of Commissioners, is more concerned with the eastern part of the town, for instance, where Craig goes across the road over Emerald Drive and on Northward to Archers Creek. These lots are small lots and he could envision these being cheaper and more attainable.

    Mr. Schock said the buyer would still have to buy the same amount of land for a motel or hotel. Commissioner Wootten agreed, but it would be easier to do in that area.

    Mr. Harrison said there are five areas that are not developed, zoned RMH, that could possibly be used for motel or hotel use.

    Chairman Harrison said, speaking collectively, this board sees this as “Pandora’s Box” and recommends that rezoning not be further pursued. A letter is to be drafted and sent to the Mayor and Commissioners to let them know that the consensus is that nothing be done about the rezoning from RMH to R2 at this time.

  • Update on Cell Tower Ordinance - Mr. Harrison said he should have the last draft done on August 22, 2000 with copies out by the end of the week. The Planning board will possibly approve it September 18 meeting, and forward it to the Board of Commissioners on October 10 meeting for discussion and Public Hearing set, possibly, for the November meeting. It will take the attorney some time to formulate this ordinance.
     
  • Update on Commercial Structure Ordinance - Mr. Harrison said there needs to be some more thought put into the actual percentage to be plugged into the ordinance. As it reads now it is 35%, and he wants to be sure it is equitable. Ms. Angus advised that she has received a video of the entire commercial district from Mr. Bernie Whalley that was done for our sign ordinance committee. This video would also be used for this review and can be available at any time.

    Commissioner Wootten asked that some of the descriptive portions of the draft be changed to be more understandable language. He would also like to know where the numbers came from and what was researched.

    Mr. Harrison said this amendment is to go to the Planning Board for recommendation, then to the Town Board for discussion at a monthly meeting; then the next Board meeting for the Public Hearing on this amendment.

Comments

Mr. McLaughlin said he had received a copy of the Heinz Center’s Evaluation of an Erosion Hazards Study, Pittsburgh, Pa. This study advises that FEMA should have erosion maps for the entire country. It should depict what shoreline is there today and what is predicted for 60 years from now. Also, the government ought to change the way premiums are calculated for flood insurance policies. Those who are at most risk should be paying considerably more per year than those who are not at the high risk.

This evaluation will be on file in the Inspections Dept.

Motion was made by George McLaughlin to adjourn, second by David Schock with unanimous approval in favor of the motion

Posted by The Town of Emerald Isle 08/21/2000

August 8, 2000 

Board of Commissioners
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