Memo-10-13-2015-Item 10

MEMO TO:           Mayor Barber and Board of Commissioners

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

SUBJECT:           Ordinance Amending Chapter 6 – Development Standards – of the Unified Development Ordinance Regarding Exterior Colors for Commercial Buildings

The Board of Commissioners is scheduled to consider the attached amendment to the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) at the October 13 meeting.  Following the required public hearing (which has been scheduled), the Board may formally consider the ordinance amendment.

The attached ordinance amendment maintains the Town’s current provisions that require commercial buildings to utilize low reflectance, subtle, neutral, or earth tone colors, but includes new provisions aimed at providing more flexibility in color choice for commercial structures that meet certain criteria (if part of a national chain or for a business type that connotes brighter colors). The proposed ordinance amendment is consistent with historical exterior color approvals for Flip Flops, Bogue Inlet Pier, and Emerald Club that utilized brighter colors.

Essentially, if the applicant can meet the new criteria, the ordinance allows approval.  The retention of the Town’s current provisions will, however, enable the Town to continue to tightly control unusual color schemes or patterns, and that is the primary goal of the proposed ordinance amendment.

Josh Edmondson, Town Planner has worked with Richard Stanley, Town Attorney, and the Planning Board on this issue in recent weeks, and will present this item to the Board of Commissioners at the October 13 meeting.  The Planning Board voted unanimously at its September 28 meeting to recommend approval.