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Coastal Resources Commission Receives Praises for Development Line Rule Passage

WILMINGTON, N.C. (May 4, 2015) – Last Tuesday, the Wilmington Regional Association of Realtors (WRAR) joined trade associations, organizations, and local governments from North Carolina in supporting the Coastal Resources Commission’s (CRC) approval to create a Development Line as an alternative to the current Static Line.

Currently, beach development is dictated by the Static Line, which has been established as an immovable line in the sand by CRC. “The problem with the Static Line is that it is a ‘one size fits all’ approach,” said Shane Johnson from WRAR’s Governmental Affairs office.

“Anyone that has visited one of our local beach communities knows they’re each unique and thereby cannot be dealt with in a cookie cutter fashion. An approach is needed that provides for local input so it fits individual community needs, which describes a new option being considered by CRC - the Development Line.”

The groups expressed their support for the proposed draft of rule changes in a letter to CRC Chair Frank Gorham on April 28 as follows:

  • Establishing procedures for a locally-designated Development Line as an alternative to the Static Line Exception Rule, subject to CRC approval. The Development Line would represent the seaward-most allowable location for oceanfront development.
  • Removing the requirement for a nourishment plan for communities with a Development Line.
  • Removing the 2,500 square feet building floor area maximum from the Static Line Exception Rule.
  • Removing the five-year waiting period for petitioners to request a Static Line Exception.

In addition to WRAR, this supportive group includes the:

  • North Carolina Association of REALTORS®
  • City of Wrightsville Beach
  • Town of Carolina Beach
  • REALTORS® Commercial Alliance of Southeast North Carolina
  • Carteret County Association of REALTORS®
  • Carteret County Home Builders Association
  • Jacksonville Board of REALTORS®
  • Outer Banks Area Association of REALTORS®
  • Topsail Island Association of REALTORS®
  • Brunswick County Association of REALTORS®
  • Washington Beaufort County Board of REALTORS®

The rule change will next go to public hearing before being finalized. For further comments on this issue, please contact Shane Johnson at (910) 762-1695.