Proposal would require military approval of tall structures in Pamlico

Published: Friday, March 1, 2013 at 12:39 PM.

Ollison cautioned against reading too much into the draft.

“This is the very beginning of it. It is very preliminary,” he said. “It might be nothing like it is now or exactly like it is. But, we had to start somewhere.”

The rough draft came from a Tuesday county planning board meeting. The planning board recessed its meeting until next Tuesday, when a final ordinance document could be approved.

The nine-page draft addresses wind energy facilities and communication towers, both topped at a maximum height of 500 feet.

Two key county issues are setbacks and assigning responsibility if tall structure projects are abandoned.

Setbacks address public safety and the rights of adjacent property owners who are not participating in any projects.

“You want to allow the landowner to maximize the benefit of his land,” Santoro said. “On the other hand, you want to minimize any negative impacts on neighboring properties. We don’t have a zoning ordinance in Pamlico County, so we have to do this piecemeal.”

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