New five-story condo building planned for Carolina Beach marina property, conditional use permit…

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More than 30 new condos are being planned for a 5-story building at the marina (Port City Daily/File)

CAROLINA BEACH — Plans for a new 5-story condominium building has been submitted to the Town of Carolina Beach’s Planning and Zoning Board. The project, known as Harbor View, is located at 402 North Lake Park Boulevard adjacent to Domino’s Pizza.

The land is in an interesting location: it actually sits in two different zoning districts, highway business and marina business. The project would apparently be located on the marina business tract of the property with some parking in the highway business portion.

According to the Planning and Zoning Board’s meeting agenda, “Multi-family structures are allowed in the MB-1 under a Conditional Use Permit. The square footage property is 40.839-square-feet. MB-1 zoned properties allow for a maximum lot coverage of 40 percent which includes the footprint of the buildings, decks, and steps. The total lot coverage of the project is 26 percent.”

At a height of 57-feet, the new building would be within regulations that allow construction up to 60-feet, however, the development is not guaranteed since it is not permitted by right.

Instead, the developer, Pelican Point LLC, will need to gain approval through a conditional use permit (CUP). The process of getting approval means the developer must attend multiple quasi-judicial hearings where they must prove four different points.

    1. That the use will not materially endanger the public health or safety if located where proposed and developed according to the plan as submitted and approved by issuance of the C.U.P.
    2. That the use meets all required conditions and specifications;
    3. That the use will not substantially injure the value of adjoining or abutting property, or that the use is a public necessity;
    4. That the location and character of the use if developed according to the plan as submitted and approved will be in harmony with the area in which it is to be located and in general conformity with the town Land Use Plan and policies.

“This project consists of constructing a new 5-story-tall building with eight, two-bedroom units, 28 one-bedroom units, a parking lot and a pool with decking. The site will provide 48 parking spaces, 24 spaces under the building and 24 in the parking lot,” according to the project narrative submitted to the town.

Town staff, as well as the Technical Review Committee, are recommending the approval of the application noting that a CUP was actually issued in 2015 for the property to construct 36 one-bedroom units. Why that project was never completed is not said.

The Planning and Zoning Board will meet Sept. 12, at 6:30 p.m. and is open to the public, however, anyone wishing to speak for or against the condos will have to be sworn in since it is a quasi-judicial hearing.


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