When the Southern Shores Town Council meets this evening, it will swear in three new members whose initial work will include looking at how a new state law will affect the town’s power over limiting the size of new houses.
Gary McDonald, Fred Newberry and Christopher Nason all won election last month, sweeping aside three incumbents on the five-member council.
Among the items on the agenda is discussion about a proposed 16-bedroom vacation rental on the oceanfront. A house that size would violate Southern Shores ordinances.
But a recently approved state law may negate that rule. As long as a house meets health department regulations for a septic system, towns can no longer limit the number of bedrooms.
Nags Head and Kill Devil Hills have both looked at the issue. Among the possibilities are specifying numbers of parking spaces and limiting square footage.
Recent construction has trended toward large “celebration” houses aimed at the growing market for weddings on the Outer Banks.
Besides size, safety has become a concern because the houses are not considered commercial property and do not need sprinkler systems.
The council meeting starts at 5:30 p.m.
source: Outer Banks Voice