Memo-06-14-2016-Item12

June 14, 2016

MEMO TO:           Mayor Barber and Board of Commissioners

FROM:                  Frank A. Rush, Jr., Town Manager

SUBJECT:           Proposed Rezoning – Emerald Isle Public Boating Access Area / Senator Jean Preston Memorial Park – from Residential Multi-Family (RMF) to Government (G)

The Board of Commissioners is scheduled to consider the rezoning of the Emerald Isle Public Boating Access Area and the Senator Jean Preston Memorial Park from Residential Multi-Family (RMF) to the Government (G) zoning district at the June 14 meeting.  A public hearing has been advertised and scheduled for the June 14 meeting, and the Board may formally consider the rezoning after the public hearing. 

The proposed rezoning is being pursued in order to standardize the zoning of all Town-owned parcels to the Government (G) zoning district.  These parcels, along with Ocean Oaks Park and the Town Administration Building, are the only Town-owned parcels that are not zoned G.  We also plan to propose the rezoning of Ocean Oaks Park and the Town Administration Building parcels in the future.

The Government (G) zoning district allows the following uses:

  • assembly halls, coliseums, gymnasiums

  • government uses

  • open air games and sports, community centers (non-profit)

  • health clinics and hospitals

  • libraries, museums, art galleries

  • parks

  • Police and Fire stations

  • utility lines, utility facilities

  • Post Office

  • public utility storage yards

  • theaters

  • yacht basins, boat ramps, etc.

  • athletic facilities

  • musical, dance, drama programs (indoor and outdoor)

  • government buildings

  • racquetball and tennis facilities

  • day care centers

  • fishing piers

  • parking lots and garages

  • printing and publishing establishments

  • wireless telecommunication towers (special use only)

  • accessory uses

  • solar panels.

As noted in the attached memo from Josh Edmondson, Town Planner, it is unlikely that the current use of these properties will ever change, however, there is potential for additional uses to be added in the future.  Any additional uses would need to conform to the list of permitted uses above.

I recommend approval of the proposed rezoning.