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Changes made to the Ocracoke Development Ordinance

On May 4, the Hyde County Board of Commissioners held a public hearing to discuss changes to two sections of the Ocracoke Development Ordinance. Afterwards, they voted unanimously to adopt the recommended changes.

Following Hurricane Dorian, the Ocracoke Planning Advisory Board recommended changes to two sections of the Ocracoke Development Ordinance. The changes were recommended to help with the ongoing rebuilding effort in Ocracoke.

It was recommended that Section 36-173, Table of Nonconforming Structures, be changed from 180 days to 365 days. It would now read as, “Any destroyed nonconforming building may be rebuilt to its original dimensions if a permit for rebuilding is applied for within 365 days from the date of destruction. Thereafter, it shall not be rebuilt, except in conformity with the development standards of this article.”

It was also recommended that in Section 36-174, the Table of Development Standards footnote be amended to add church steeples. It would now read as, “No structure or appurtenance attached to any structure, except chimneys, antennas, church steeples and weather instruments shall exceed the 35 feet maximum building height and no exempted structure shall exceed 40 feet.”

According to a press release, following the public hearing the Hyde County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to adopt the recommended changes.

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