Dare County commissioners will consider on Monday the first application for cluster housing since a new ordinance was approved late last year to encourage builders to provide homes for local workers.
OT enterprises is asking for a conditional use permit and approval of a site plan for three detached units with three bedrooms each to house employees who work at Hatteras Island Plaza in Avon.
The shopping center includes the island’s only Food Lion, as well as several other stores and restaurants.
Described as cluster housing, the plan would fall under a new ordinance that prohibits using the units for rentals of less than 30 days.
“The owners of the site have been working for some time to develop the parcel for employee housing,” Planning Director Donna Creef wrote in a description of the project.
The property is behind the Hatteras Island shopping center and will feature three detached units of about 1,200 square feet each.
Parking for nine vehicles will be included on the 1.17-acre site, about half of which is wetlands and a pond. Access will be provided by a gravel drive from the shopping center’s parking lot.
The developer proposes connecting to the Kinnakeet Shores Wastewater Collection System and drawing water from a county main on the northern end of the property.
Brantley Tillman and R.V. Owens submitted the application for OT Enterprises.
If approved, the conditional use designation gives the developers up to two years to apply for a building permit.