Dare OK’s zoning amendment for new Hatteras pier

By on June 19, 2012

(www.hioceancenter.org)

A new pier planned as part of an ocean center similar to Jennette’s in Nags Head can move forward under an amendment to the Dare County zoning ordinance approved Monday by the Board of Commissioners.

The proposed Hatteras Island Ocean Center would be located on 1.5 acres of oceanfront land. The non-profit planning the center also has a contract for a parcel on the west side of N.C. 12.

A fishing pier, a pier house with an event venue, a restaurant, covered playground, an arcade, parking, a public bathhouse, tackle shop, equipment rental, exhibits, classrooms, research areas and a wildlife rehabilitation area are part of the vision for the center, according to the Island Free Press.

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Speakers at a public hearing preceding Monday’s decision favored the project as an engine for jobs and an attraction for an island battered by storms and restrictions on beach access.

But Ben Gallop, a lawyer representing the Summer Place Homeowners Association, urged commissioners to consider tighter restrictions on the pier and questioned the project’s benefits.

The zoning amendment adds piers to the list of conditional uses in the C-2 H district. It will still need site plan approval from the Board of Commissioners.

For an in-depth look at the Hatteras Island Ocean Center, see the Island Free Press »

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