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Highlights from the Dare County Board of Commissioners June 20, 2016 Meeting

Post Date:06/22/2016 10:00 a.m.
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Updated Flood Maps Available June 30 
Beginning June 30, area residents and business owners can see how their property is classified by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) when the N.C. Flood Risk Information System releases the first version of new coastal floodplain maps for Dare County. 

Steve Garrett of the the NC Floodplain Mapping Office briefed Commissioners about the new maps, including the process, timeline and how property owners will be able to review the preliminary flood maps online. 

After being released, the maps are subject to a 90-day public review and comment period. The new maps are expected to take effect in 18 to 24 months. 

A link to the state's mapping program and information about how to use the system will be available at darenc.com beginning June 30. 

Planning Board Reports Back Regarding Zoning Ordinance Revisions 
Back in May, the Board of Commissioners revised the County's zoning ordinance for consistency with state law that prohibits local regulation of the number and type of rooms in one and two family dwellings. At that time, the Board delayed action on proposed revisions to the accessory use structure setbacks and asked staff to gather input from stakeholders. 

Following an update from Planning Director Donna Creef, the Board of Commissioners approved the Planning Board's recommendation to make no changes to accessory use structure setback and made a revision to clarify that parking regulations are based on the number of bedrooms referenced in wastewater improvement permits. It was acknowledged that the release of the updated preliminary flood maps may lead to the need to re- examine the effectiveness of zoning regulations for managing residential construction. 

Application Made to NCDOT to Study Expanded Pathway for Buxton and Frisco 
Planning Director Donna Creef also presented a request from the Outer Banks National Scenic Byway Committee to submit an application to the NC Department of Transportation to develop a study for a Hatteras Island Pathway in Buxton and Frisco. 

The request was approved by the Board of Commissioner and if Dare County is selected for the study, work to develop alignment alternatives and preliminary construction estimates would begin this fall. The NCDOT study is estimated to cost $95,000 with 80% funded with federal money. 

The local 20% match requirement would be raised through private donations as done for previous sections of the Hatteras Island Pathway. The Pathway is included in the 2015 Dare County Comprehensive Transportation Plan and in the Albemarle Regional Bicycle Plan. 

Updates from Dare County A.B.C. Board and Outer Banks Sporting Events 
Ray White, Chairman of the county's ABC Board, reported that Dare County ranks third out of 166 ABC Boards in the state with regards to net profit. In fiscal year 2014- 15, total ABC sales in Dare County totaled $15.6 million. Over the last ten years, $13.4 million has been distributed to the county and six municipalities. In addition, $12,000 is annually given to the Dare County Sheriff's Office for alcohol education. 

Lynda Wood and Jenny Ash from Outer Banks Sporting Events reported that in 2015, their events had 9,100 actual participants and an economic impact of $8.3 million. 

Proceeds from the event are split equally between the Dare Education Foundation and the Outer Banks Relief Foundation. Wood and Ash announced that two cycling events are being added to their Triathlon Weekend and they are partnering with the NC Aquarium to develop a family friendly sporting event. For more information, visit obxse.org. 

Vice-Chairman Wally Overman Honored by North Carolina Council of Community Programs 
Wally Overman, Vice Chairman of the Dare County Board of Commissioners, was recognized for receiving the 2016 County Commissioner Leadership Award from the NC Council of Community Programs. 

Trillium Health Services nominated Overman for the award because of his strong passion and commitment to helping families who suffer because of mental health issues and addiction. Overman serves as Dare County's representative on Trillium's Central Regional Advisory Board and the Trillium Governing Board. Locally, he was the driving force in launching the Dare County Substance Abuse Prevention and Education Task Force, which is having a positive impact on people's lives. 

Resolution Passed in Support of Fisheries Issues 
The Dare County Board of Commissioners passed a resolution supporting the position of North Carolina Watermen United with regards to fisheries issues in the State Legislature's current budget provisions. The proposal would implement changes that would encourage the NC Marine Fisheries Commission to work for the betterment of all owners of public trust waters, including fishermen and consumers of seafood. 

Engineering Firm Selected for Hatteras Inlet Dredging Permits 
Coastal Planning and Engineering of Wilmington, NC was selected to work with the County to acquire the necessary permits for long-term dredging of Hatteras Inlet. It was reported that the NC Department of Transportation plans to begin dredging Hatteras Inlet later this week in efforts to keep the inlet open for business short term. 

More Information 
The Board of Commissioners' next meeting is scheduled for Monday, July 18 at 5 PM in Manteo. For more information about the Dare County Board of Commissioners, including full agenda packets and video from meetings, click here. 


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