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Heavy rains close roads and schools in region. Up to 13 inches of rain reported in some areas. Police urge drivers to stay off flooded roads.

Flooded Paved Roads in NC and VA
Limits eyed for large OBX homes

The Currituck County Planning Board recommended county commissioners approve the amendments to the county unified development ordinance to address Large Residential Structures built on the Currituck Outer Banks.

Hearing on Corolla lawsuit put on hold.

Judge told attorneys for both sides that he's recusing himself. story... Detail about case.

15,000 Sq Foot Mega Cottage The N.C. Court of Appeals unanimously agreed Tuesday that the 15,000 Sq Foot Mega Cottage in the off-road area does not meet the county's unified development ordinance definition of a single-family dwelling. story...
Currituck County is updating the Land Use Plan to guide development in Currituck County. The County launched a survey to gather input from residents, property owners, and renters to share your views on what future development in Currituck County should look like.

Update... Request denied.

The Currituck County BOC meeting Agenda on Monday, June 20, 2016 at 5:00pm includes a proposed ordinance change to allow preferential treatment for horse tour operators effectively allowing them to block our roadways. This proposed change comes without ANY input from local residents or property owners.

Currituck hit with $39M judgment in Swan Beach dispute!        

County Stands Firm! with Huge Support!

UPDATE: Currituck to appeal Superior Court ruling.

Off-road tour owner Bob White defeats two-term Commissioner Vance Aydlett for the District 1 seat on the Currituck Board of Commissioners.

Off-road tour owner challenges Aydlett Off-road tour owner challenges Aydlett.
The tours are a constant source of aggravation to visitors to the northern Outer Banks, Aydlett said during an interview, adding that homeowners and vacation property renters had complained about being inundated with 200 to 300 vehicles driving behind their houses every day, making it difficult to relax on the deck or enjoy a cookout.

Land Swap to give Currituck 14 tracts totaling 791 acres, including two stretches about a half-mile each along the beach.

Currituck County Commisioners discuss house size limits at retreat.

Ben Woody presented the results of recent polls to the Currituck County Commissioners on what defines a Large Residential Structure.

BOC Video Discussing Large Residential Structures

Planning submitted its recommendations to the BOC. This topic is scheduled for discussion at the retreat this Saturday, January 30, 2016.

Currituck County is requesting property owners and residents help to define (single family) Large Residential Structures.

Residence. n. 1) the place where one makes his/her home.

Is a property a single family residence when you can't walk from one room to another without going outside? Is a 24 bedroom property suitable for the off-road residential communities? Contact the BOC

The Fruitville Beach Civic Association posted an update to the "Currituck vs Friedman" lawsuit.   update 12/2015

It's a Hotel? Motel? Nope, County says it's a Single Family Home in accordance with the Currituck County UDO?

Update! Courts Disagree

The current Land Use Plan strongly states that "concerning the Off-Road area of the Outer Banks," Currituck County shall not permit or encourage the provision of growth-inducing facilities and services to these areas.
Then they permit developments to be inundated by horse tours. Roads, maintained with private funds, are being destroyed by tour traffic. County ignores request to limit tours to county maintained roads.

horse in tears
Residents do not want a paved road thru the 4x4 area!

A Petition to "Block commercial development in the 4x4 beach of Corolla, North Carolina" and save the wild horses is now on-line.

Please consider an email to the Currituck County Commissioners to voice your opinion on commercial development in the 4x4 area before the next Meeting.

Developer Claims Religious Discrimination

Board of Commissioners Chairman Paul O'Neal said last week the county would be better off settling its differences with a developer suing to develop business lots on Carova Beach.

Developer contends visitors want shops nearby. Really! Please read their comments here and more comments here...

New Currituck County Ordinance Restricts Horse Tours

The ordinance will:
- Cap the number of tour operators at the 10 already in business.
- Require each operator to buy a license renewed annually at a cost of $950 per vehicle.
- Limit tour operators to five vehicles. Those who own fewer than five cannot expand.
- Outlaw the use of buses for tours.
- Limit tour hours to between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. west of the dunes.

Chip Freidman sues Currituck County Developer Charles "Chip" Friedman sues Currituck County to reverse the county's recent denial of plans for a 290-unit inn and nearby offices and stores on 37 acres in the off-road community.

In May, Currituck's Board of Commissioners voted for the third time to deny Friedman's rezoning request. The decision upheld a 30-year-old county policy to restrict commercial development on Currituck's northernmost beaches.
Currituck seeks to dismiss Swan Beach suit

signs More Signs for the Beach? Commissioners dodge real concerns on the beach for yet another year.
Currituck County Commissioner Vance Aydlett, supports a permit system. "We've got to do something," he said. "We've talked and talked about it." story

Wild Horse Herd On Corolla Could Double After Bill Approval
A recently passed bill in the House of Representatives could soon double the size of the herd of wild horses on Corolla.
Republican Reprsentative Walter Jones says his bill, "The Corolla Wild Horses Protection Act," has unanimously passed through the House of Representatives.

According to the congressman's website, the bill calls for a new management plan that would allow the number in the herd to be between 110 and 130 horses. The current number allowed is 60.

According to Jones, equine genetic scientists say there should be at least 110 horses in the herd to keep it going. The bill now moves onto the Senate for approval.
ducks-vs-horses-supporters-spar-over-which-one-to-protect - Nov 8, 2012

Electronics Recycling
Currituck County has expanded its electronics recycling service area to include the Currituck Outer Banks. Computers, monitors, flat screens, cellphones, PDA's, fax machines and more can now be taken to the Corolla Library, located at 1123 Ocean Trail. If residents in Corolla have a very large item (ex: large television wall console unit), please contact the Public Works Department at 252-232-2504 to make special arrangements for proper disposal.

Traffic issues in the 4WD area.
Some Commissions now agree with the residents that the only way to make the 4WD area safe and enjoyable again is to limit the traffic. Residents ask commissioners to review a new simple beach permit.
Oct 9 Hamptonroads

 The 4x4 area faired well. A few shingles, some siding and minor flooding. Beach looks good.
NC12 ripped apart.
Pics of Rodanthe

Ernesto covers paved roads with 4 feet of water. Pictures

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