Sunday, January 23, 2022

Developer for marina front condos in Carolina Beach requests changes to permits before construction

CAROLINA BEACH — Plans for a 36-unit condominium complex located at the Carolina Beach Marina are moving forward as the town’s Planning and Zoning Committee prepares to decide on changes to its already approved permit.

According to Town of Carolina Beach Town Clerk Kim Ward, the Harbor View project was originally approved in 2015 but have since requested amendments to the town’s height regulations.

The Town’s Planning and Zoning Committee denied the developer’s request during its April meeting to amend town ordinances to exempt appurtenances – meaning minor attachments to a building – of 10-feet or less from the building height limit. The reasoning for the request was to exempt elevator shafts and other rooftop items as part of the building’s overall height.

In 2008 the town approved an amendment to the code that exempted hotels from the height requirements, providing the structures were no higher than 10-feet off the room. The developer, Pelican Point CB LLC requested the exemption apply to all structures, not just hotels.

“Right now it is specific to one land use and I don’t think the ordinance should be specified for one land use. It should treat all of them equally, so if there is an ordinance for appurtenances it shouldn’t be just for a hotel … based on that we would recommend approval,” Planning Director Ed Parvin said.

The Planning and Zoning Commission ultimately decided not to approve the request, but similar requests are on the May meeting of Planning and Zoning from the same developer.

Harbor View

Harbor View will be located at 402 North Lake Park Boulevard and according to plans submitted to the town, the development will consist of one 4-story building on pilings. There will be 28 condos approximately 500-square-feet in size with an outdoor deck area and waterfront views.

There will be eight larger condos approximately 650-square feet; all units will be one bed and one bath condos. The development will also have a waterfront pool and an 80-foot day dock.

The developer has stated the projected buyers of the units will mostly be second home owners from Raleigh and Charlotte, as well as, “Single people who want to live at the beach but have not been able to find affordable housing.”

The Planning and Zoning Committee meets May 10 to discuss the CUP modification and other requests.

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