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Two planning actions approved by Dare commissioners

Dare County’s commissioners unanimously agreed with two planning items on Monday, Nov. 16.

The commissioners extended the temporary measures for restaurants and mobile food units to Dec. 31, 2021. The measures were due to expire at the end of 2020. A hearing was held, but no one spoke. Both sets of measures, which apply to unincorporated Dare County, are in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

A temporary process is set up for restaurants to apply to use excess parking areas, setback areas and other areas of a site not occupied by aboveground infrastructure improvements for outdoor seating and other operational functions of a restaurant.

Temporary procedures are also set up the review, approval and operation of any food stand and/or mobile food unit on a parcel of land in conjunction with an existing commercial structure or use. A food stand and/mobile food unit also may be located on a vacant parcel of land that is zoned for restaurant use under the terms of the Dare County zoning ordinance.

In both measures, applicants must meet requirements for parking, public restrooms and signage as well as setbacks for food stands and/or mobile food unit.

Dare’s commissioners also amended the conditional use permit for Black Dog Harbor in Salvo.

The permit was originally issued in 2004. Mike Filipczak, who purchased the group development in 2004, along with the Black Dog Harbor Homeowners Association, requested the amendments.

The original permit prohibited commercial use and the boat basin and boat slips were for the exclusive use of the property owners and residents.

The first amendment allows commercial activity for two charter boats used for fishing or cruising. The charter trip operations are limited to 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Parking is in the designated overflow parking areas. The second amendment added “tenants of the development, their guests and any boat slip lessee” to the exclusive list of those who can use the boat basin, boat ramp and boat slips.

Both planning actions were unanimous.

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