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Town/County Updates

Duck –Town Council will continue their discussion of the Mid-Currituck Bridge project at their meeting on Wednesday. The project was discussed at their recent retreat. News has surfaced that the Bridge may have been put on the shelf under the new administration. Former Governor Pat McCrory was supportive of the project. Council will be considering a resolution in support of the 
Mid-Currituck Bridge and will be considering authorizing the Town Manager to enter into an agreement with VHB Engineering NC, P.C. related to the Mid-Currituck Bridge.

Kill Devil Hills – The Planning Board met last week and considered a request by Randy Saunders and Jeff Fabrikant to increase allowable height for hotels and motels with certain conditions in the Ocean Impact Residential Zone. Ben Cahoon presented the proposed zoning ordinance amendment request that included measuring height from the top of the frontal dune instead of the current measurement method of the average of four corners. He explained that oceanfront hotels needed first floor ocean visibility to be viable. Concessions on setback were included in the request. Several people spoke in opposition of “higher” development, citing citizen responses to survey questions on town height restrictions that had been compiled over the years. Planning Board members also expressed opposition to the proposal. The applicants withdrew their request before a vote was taken by Planning Board members.

Nags Head – Round two on the proposal to change the sanitation pick up schedule and the proposal to penalize property owners if trash and recycling carts in Nags Head are not rolled back to a secured area adjacent to a residence takes place at the Nags Head Board of Commissioners meeting on Wednesday, March 1st at 9 am. Several representatives from the property management industry voiced concerns about the change at the Board’s last meeting, thus provoking the Board to place the item on Wednesday’s agenda for further discussion and another vote. 
Also on the Agenda: a public hearing to consider the following: 
• A conditional use/vested right/site plan amendment submitted by Albemarle & Associates, Ltd. on behalf of John Harris, You Can Fly, LLC for substantial site improvements to Kitty Hawk Water Sports. Improvements include the construction of a 1,616 square foot retail building with an accessory two bedroom apartment as well as a water dependent commercial outdoor recreational use (tour boat and personal watercraft rental). Associated improvements would include parking, stormwater, landscaping, sewage as well as a bulkhead, floating pier, platform and slips.