Town Council To Consider Amendment On Unimproved Roads

Town Council To Consider Amendment On Unimproved Roads

Town Council To Consider Amendment On Unimproved Roads Featured

By / Local News / Tuesday, 03 November 2020 04:16

By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
Managing Editor

CAROLINA BEACH  -  The Town of Carolina Beach will consider an amendment at their November 10th, meeting concerning a requirement for property owers to improve unpaved roads when building homes on unimproved private rights-of-way.
According to Jeremy Hardison - Director of Planning and Development, "Staff is proposing to address standards when developing property adjacent to an unimproved road. An unimproved road is a right-of-way that is not paved. In some instances, it is gravel or dirt, or just grass with vegetation. There is a total of 77 lots that access an unpaved road. Which 66 of those are vacant."
He explained, "Typically, a road is improved by the developer at the time of construction or later if the town decides to pave it. The adjacent property owners can also petition the town. The cost on improving the road is handled through a property assessment of those properties that are adjacent to the road."
Hardison explained, "The ordinance does not currently address road improvements on properties that access off an unimproved road. In 2004 when the Wilmington Beach area started going through a building boom off of the existing gravel/dirt streets the town policy required a minimum of 20’ width of gravel with a 6’’ base at the time of the certificate of occupancy final. This was a temporary measure as the town was in the process of paving the streets. Staff recommends requiring properties to pave the road at the time that development occurs for lots that front on unimproved roads. Paved roads increase safety, adds value to the property, and improves environmental conditions vs gravel roads."
The Council will consider the amendment at their November 10th meeting at 6:30pm at the Carolina Beach Town Hall at 1121 North Lake Park Blvd.

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