Dare Board oks new measures for ‘essential housing’

Without fanfare, and with only one resident speaking during public comment, the Dare County Board of Commissioners approved four zoning amendments as part of a continuing effort to generate what is now called “essential housing” in the county. About 11 months after first approving a series of zoning amendments to encourage more affordable housing in […]

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Murphy defeats Thomas in Congressional contest

With the unofficial results tallied, Republican State Representative Greg Murphy handily defeated Democrat and former Greenville Mayor Allen Thomas in a Sept. 10 special election to succeed the late Walter Jones Jr. as U.S. Representative from North Carolina’s Third Congressional District. In a district that leans heavily Republican, Murphy collected almost 62% of the votes […]

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At Dare meeting, officials stress need to evacuate

Speaking at the Dare County Commissioners meeting on the morning of Tuesday, Sept. 3, Commissioner Chairman Bob Woodard and County Manager Bobby Outten urged residents to heed the mandatory evacuation order that goes into effect at 6 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 4. The county’s visitors have been told to evacuate on Tuesday. Reviewing the evacuation […]

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Dare Board hears proposals for ‘essential housing’

Dare County’s initiative to encourage more reasonably priced housing for year-round workers is more than a year old. But the search for exactly what to call it continues on. In June 2018, the Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce made a presentation to the Dare County Commissioners asking them to consider zoning changes, including allowing accessory […]

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New report says Dare and Currituck counties among most flood-threatened in U.S.

A new report finds that the state of North Carolina—as well as Dare and Currituck counties—rank near the top of U.S. locations when it comes to building new homes in areas potentially threatened by flooding. Produced by the research group Climate Central and the real estate company Zillow, the report, titled “Ocean at the Door: […]

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“Housing Crisis’ Sparks Concern at Dare Board Meeting

The Dare County Commissioners’ decision this week to renew the agreement to pay the Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce $35,000 for economic development and diversification work became an occasion to raise alarm bells and a call to action about the county’s daunting “housing crisis.” The lack of sufficient workforce housing has been one of the […]

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