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SUNSET BEACH—The town planning board has taken a closer look at the town’s parking ordinance. Some requirements seem out of sync with what is practical, officials say.
Town building inspector Jeff Curtis cited current parking requirements for golf courses as an example at the April 17 workshop.
Under the current ordinance, stipulations for golf courses are eight spaces per green and one per employee. Previously, he said, the requirement was only three.
“That right there was a drastic increase,” he said.
Board member Eddie Walters said he could recall when the parking ordinance was revised a few years ago, “mainly parking for retail businesses. I don’t recall any discussion on why we increased so much.”
Board member Bob Perry said assuming there’s one car per player and 36 holes, the requirement would require multiplying 36 by eight, a number that “never happens.”
“There’s only four [players] on a hole,” he said. “You’ve got eight parking spaces for those four people. That’s overlap.”
He added he isn’t sure three spaces per hole is enough.
The board compared the new ordinance to the old one, reviewing other areas such as parking requirements for duplexes, clubs and lodges, tennis courts and “other outdoor areas.”
Curtis said former town administrator Linda Fluegel drafted the changes.
“I’m not sure where she got it from,” he added.
“Golf courses, that’s a big question mark,” board chairman Al Seibert said.
He added with a new extended care facility planned for Sunset Beach, the board needs to take a closer look at parking requirements for total care, assisted and dependent facilities.
“I don’t think we’ve look at that carefully enough,” he said.
Board members also discussed stormwater rule amendments slated to undergo review by the state General Assembly this year.
Tom Reeder with the Division of Water Quality advised Curtis in an e-mail last month the issue with platted lots is “fairly complex, but I would not be surprised to see the General Assembly add a provision to this rule that exempts platted lots. That is what they did under the Phase 2 Stormwater Rules.”
The earliest the rules can become effective is Aug. 1.
For new projects proposed within a half mile of shellfish harvesting waters, proposed changes include:
•Reducing the low-density threshold from 25 percent to 12 percent.
•Requiring stormwater controls for high-density projects to be designed for about 3.5 inches of rainfall, as opposed to the old “design storm” of 1.5 inches of rainfall.
For new projects outside a half-mile of shellfish harvesting waters, proposed changes are:
•Reducing the low-density threshold from 30 percent to 24 percent.
•Requiring stormwater controls for high-density projects be designed for 1.5 inches of rainfall, as opposed to the old design storm of 1.0 inches of rainfall.
Laura Lewis is a staff writer at the Beacon. Reach her at 754-6890 or at email@example.com