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Carolina Shores P&Z approves new adjustments role

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By Staff Brunswick Beacon

CAROLINA SHORES—The town planning and zoning board on Monday approved serving a new dual role as the board of adjustments when the need arises.

At recent, previous meetings, board members debated the issue after town commissioners asked them to consider taking over board of adjustment duties from commissioners.

Board member Kathryn Powell, who made a motion for approval, said at an April 16 workshop she did not see a conflict because the two boards have different roles.

She said the P&Z board makes recommendations about projects to commissioners, who have ultimate approval. The board of adjustments grants or denies variances, she said.

It was also noted the number of cases the board of adjustments is called upon to review is small.

Town administrator Linda Herncane said the town has only had two or three board of adjustments hearings in the past year and “maybe eight” in the past 10 years.

The board also approved a final plan recommendation for Calabash Lakes, contingent on a recently reduced bond before construction begins.

“They don’t need to have that much money in the construction bond,” board vice chairman James Mokrycki said, citing a fact sheet. “We discussed this at the last meeting and decided to go along with it.”

On another subject, Mokyrcki called attention to the town’s (www.townofcarolinashores.com) and Brunswick County’s Web sites regarding a significant change that is being considered for the county’s recycling program.

County officials are considering implementing countywide curbside collection of recyclable materials—newspapers, mixed paper, paper board such as cereal boxes, aluminum and steel cans, plastic bottles numbered 1-6 and green, brown and clear glass bottles.

The county would provide recycling containers for items to be collected every other week.

The county is currently taking surveys about the matter via its Web site, www.brunsco.net.

“If everyone would take a look at either Web site and answer the survey, that would be greatly appreciated,” Mokrycki said.

Questions or comments regarding the survey also can be directed to the Brunswick County Solid Waste and Recycling Department at 253-2520.

Laura Lewis is a staff writer at the Beacon. Reach her at 754-6890 or at llewis@brunswickbeacon.com