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SHALLOTTE—New sign regulations are in effect for Shallotte.
On Tuesday, Jan. 8, aldermen unanimously passed a sign regulation amendment modifying sign regulations. No one spoke during a public hearing.
The amendment reduces the maximum size of signs in the central business district, allows larger signs for large residential developments and makes banners temporary signs. It requires new signs in the central businesses, central waterfront and office and institutional zoning districts to be ground-mounted. It allows larger signs along U.S. 17.
The amendment requires non-conforming signs to be replaced with conforming signs when major renovation or improvements are made to a building or site.
“I know the planning board has worked on this diligently for several months,” Mayor Sarah McCullough said.
“I would like to commend the planning board on this ordinance,” alderman Alan Lewis said. “I know there has been a lot of time and discussion on this particular issue. Not having a roomful of people with a sign change speaks to the diligence and good work of the planning board.”
A draft of a public parking plan was presented to the board for review. The public parking plan calls for public parking to be free with on-street parking and pedestrian crosswalks.
“The draft of the parking plan was forwarded to the board for comment and direction,” Allen Serkin, town planner, said. “The question is how do we move forward. The planning board is looking for some feedback as to if this is in the direction that you were looking for and the direction on how you would like to proceed.”
“My general comment is I think it’s an excellent start,” Walt Eccard added.
Planning board member Gene Vasile spoke about the reasoning behind the draft-parking plan.
“We started with a set of principles. One of those is that all public parking that would encourage people to be downtown would be free,” he said. “We want to encourage people to come downtown and walk to the businesses.”
The board decided to schedule a meeting to receive public input on the draft public parking plan prior to moving forward. The meeting will not be a public but it is an opportunity people to come out and discuss the plan.
“The sooner we can bring those stakeholders to the table and get their input the better,” Lewis said.
“I think that is absolutely essential that all the stakeholders up and down Main Street be involved and get some input at the ground level,” Vasile said.
The meeting has been scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, in council chambers.
In other business, aldermen:
•Voted to allow antique stores as a conditional use in the office and institutional zoning district.
•Rezoned five tracts of land on or around 704 Village Road from single-family residential to office and institutional.
•Modified the stormwater exemption UDO to make it easier for a project to qualify for a stormwater permit if runoff is increased by less than 5 percent.
•Passed a resolution supporting the 2012-2015 funding for the Clean Water Management Trust Fund.
•Set a public hearing for Feb. 5 for a bow hunting ordinance.
•Discussed employee retiree insurance and instructed town staff to provide more data for consideration.
•Discussed a dedication of Naber Drive and instructed town staff to move forward.
•Discussed the next step in moving forward with the vision plan is to have a public meeting and to receive a cost estimate and detailed plans. Aldermen hope to have a public meeting before March.
•Scheduled a public hearing for Feb. 5 for voluntary contiguous annexation of .38 acres at 675 Lightwood Lane.