Currituck gives OK to parking vehicles on vacant Carova lots

By on December 5, 2017

Carova property owners that live on Knotts Island or the mainland have kept vehicles on empty lots for decades.

Property owners in the off-road area of Currituck’s northern Outer Banks who own a lot but not a house will be able to keep on doing what they’ve been doing, following a unanimous vote by the county’s Board of Commissioners.

What they’ve been doing, for a good long while, is leaving a vehicle, or three, or more, parked on lots that lack a primary dwelling, and then using the vehicle to drive to the beach after arriving by boat from Knotts Island or the mainland.

Following a sweep by code enforcement this fall, many learned that “storing” a vehicle on a lot that lacks a primary dwelling is against the law.


That was straightened out by commissioners during Monday’s meeting. Initially, a proposed ordinance change would allow property owners to park up to two vehicles and a boat trailer on a vacant lot, which didn’t sit well with some speakers during the public comment section of the meeting.

George Barlow of Carova said he and his wife owned a lot with four other families. “With a total of five families… how are we going to decide who’s going to park there? Are we just going to get down and wrestle, or what?”

“We would really appreciate it if the board would allow any registered and insured vehicle to park on a vacant lot,” Barlow added.


The board obliged Barlow and others, and struck the word “two” from the proposed ordinance change, so that it now allows parking or storage of licensed and registered vehicles and one boat trailer in the Single Family Remote district.

Parking of heavy trucks or trailers on lots without a primary dwelling will continue to be prohibited.


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  • Hank

    Good thing, property rights lawyers would have been lining up for that lawsuit.

    Tuesday, Dec 5 @ 5:27 pm
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