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The Land Use Plan Survey, and Why You Should Take It Now

Friday 18 May 2018 at 9:14 pm

The Dare County Planning Department is in the early stages of a massive project that takes a couple of years to complete, and which requires the public’s input to proceed.

The project in question is the Land Use Plan for Unincorporated Dare County, (which includes Hatteras Island), and it’s a project that has technically been ongoing since 1974, with updates occurring every 5-10 years.

The project stems from Dare County’s status as a CAMA county. As part of the twenty coastal counties in the state, Dare County is required to prepare and update comprehensive land use plans for participation in the NC Division of Coastal Management’s CAMA program.

Work on the update is currently underway by the Planning Department and Planning Board, however, the public has an opportunity to provide their own feedback via an online survey, which is available until May 25.

And public input is essential, because the Land Use Plan covers a far-reaching array of issues that can range from zoning and building, to use of county land and properties, to hot topics that effect everyone on the island.

“The survey is one tool that we use – it’s not the end all for how we develop our policies, but it is the number one public participation tool that we utilize for the process,” said Donna Creef, Dare County Planning Director.

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Where are the Food Trucks?

Friday 04 May 2018 at 11:13 pm


Food trucks can now operate in unincorporated Dare County, but potential owners are hardly storming the gates to take advantage of the new opportunity.

Despite mostly positive responses and expressed interest from some entrepreneurs at public meetings held earlier this year, no one has yet come forward to seek a permit, says Dare County Planning Director Donna Creef.

“I haven’t had anybody make a formal application,” she said on Thursday.

But Steve Bonney and his wife Sue, owners of Stu’s Donuts which shares a space with Ketch 55 Seafood Grill in Avon, says he’ll be submitting an application in the coming weeks for a food truck serving cold sodas, gourmet hot dogs and North Carolina BBQ.

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