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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

By CATHERINE KOZAK

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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A Closer Look at the Hatteras Village Pathway Referendum on the May 8 Ballot

Friday 20 April 2018 at 5:45 pm

By Joy Crist

Hatteras village residents will want to head to the polls on May 8, as there’s a special referendum on the ballot that’s been a long time in the works.

The “Pathway Referendum” will appear on ballots for Hatteras village residents only, and is a special “for” or “against” question that asks residents if they want to redistribute collected funds towards a new but long discussed project for the village – a multi-use walking path.

There’s a couple things to know about this referendum before casting a vote.

First and foremost, voting “for” the pathway referendum will not raise taxes. It simply allows money that was and is collected for one specific purpose, (i.e., the Community Center in Hatteras village), to be used for something new.

Here’s a little background on how this all works.

The Hatteras Village Community Center District is a special tax district in Hatteras Village that was established in 1981. The district is subject to a special ad valorem tax on all taxable real property for the purpose of maintaining and operating the Hatteras Community Center and other district owned properties.

Until recently, this money could only be used towards these properties alone, and not for other projects like the proposed multi-use pathways.

In 2017, House Bill 415 - which was championed by Senator Bill Cook and Representative Beverly Boswell – was drafted to address this issue, and to expand the ability to use these collected funds for other projects, with the multi-use pathways in mind. The Dare County Board of Commissioners also passed a Resolution on March 6, 2017, supporting this legislation.

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