Special uses add flexibility to the Unified Development Ordinance by permitting potentially undesirable uses of property in specified districts when certain criteria (see below) are met. An “S” in the Table of Permissible Uses indicates a Special Use in the specified district. When considering a request for a Special Use Permit, the Board of Adjustment may impose reasonable and appropriate conditions upon these permits. Applicants are advised to discuss any application for a Special Use Permit with Staff prior to submittal.
Morehead City has two classifications of home occupations. Type A home occupations are those where residents use their home as a place of work; however, no employees or customers come to the site. Type B home occupations are those where residents use their home as a place of work and either one employee or customers come to the site. A special use permit is required prior to establishing a Type B home occupation.
The variance process is a method of enabling property owners to make use of their property in a way that conflicts with the literal interpretation of the ordinance. More specifically, a variance grants relief from the Unified Development Ordinance. Use variances are not permitted under North Carolina state law. The Board of Adjustment makes its decision to approve or deny a variance request based upon specific criteria (see below). Applicants are advised to discuss any variance application with staff prior to submittal.
Morehead City is divided into zoning districts. These districts have both permitted uses that are allowed by right and other uses that are allowed as special uses. The Table of Permissible Uses is contained in the Unified Development Ordinance.
No. Hearings are conducted in a quasi-judicial manner, and members may not speak about cases prior to the hearing. You may, however, receive assistance from staff or seek professional legal advice, if you wish.
Permits are required for most building, electrical, mechanical, and plumbing projects, fences, and certain types of signs. Even if no building permit is required, a zoning permit may be required. Contact our office to determine whether or not you need to apply for a permit.
The Minimum Housing Standards ordinance regulates properties that are deteriorated or dilapidated and unfit for habitation. The intent of the program is to ensure that the city’s housing is safe for those living there. Property owners are given notice and specific time frames to make necessary repairs. A citizen may file a complaint by submitting a Citizen Complaint Form.
Staff can receive both cash and check in-person. In order to pay with a credit card, it is necessary to utilize either the telephone or online payment method.
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Subdivision exemptions include recombination plats, divisions of parcels greater than 10 acres with no street right-of-way dedication, public acquisition of land for streets or transportation corridors, and the division of tracts not greater than two acres into three lots or less where the resultant lots meet or exceed the standards of the Town of Morehead City. There is no fee for staff review of subdivision exemption plats.
A complete Rezoning Application, land use consistency statement, filing fee, and advertising deposit are required for submittal of a rezoning request. Additional items are required for conditional-use and planned development rezoning requests.
Rezoning is a method of changing the zoning classification of a property to a different zoning classification. For example, residentially-zoned property may need to be rezoned in order to permit commercial activity. The types of uses allowed in each zoning classification are listed in the Table of Permissible Uses. The City Council decides whether a property should be rezoned based upon recommendation by the Planning Board, surrounding zoning and land use, and consistency with the City’s Land Use Plan.
Prior to the public meeting and public hearing, each property proposed for rezoning is posted with a zoning hearing sign, a legal advertisement is published in the Carteret County News-Times, a property owners within 300′ of the site are notified of the rezoning by mail.
In the event a rezoning request is denied, a minimum six-month period must elapse prior to submittal of another rezoning application for the same property.
Multifamily developments are permitted in the Residential Multifamily (RMF) and Planned Development (PD) districts and in the Residential (R5) district as a Special Use provided they are developed in accordance with the standards of the Unified Development Ordinance, particularly those found under Article 13-2. Planned Developments are also required to meet the specifications contained under Article 12-1.
An ordinance amendment is a change to the adopted text contained in the Unified Development Ordinance. Amendments may be initiated by the City Council, the Planning Board, the Board of Adjustment, the Planning Committee, City Staff, or an individual. An example includes pursuit of an amendment to change the permitted uses allowed in a particular zoning district. An ordinance amendment application includes a letter, a description of the ordinance section(s) to be changed, a filing fee, and a deposit on advertising.