Housing units proposed at Hatteras Island Plaza 

By on November 1, 2021

Dare Commissioners approve Nov. 15 hearing

Hatteras Island Plaza in Avon. (Google Maps)

The owners of Hatteras Island Plaza in Avon have submitted a request for a zoning text amendment that would pave the way for the demolition of the vacant RC movie theater at the shopping center and replace the building with multi-family structures.

The Dare County Board of Commissioners, during its Nov. 1 meeting, set a public hearing for Nov. 15 to hear the request. Brantley Tillman and R.V. Owens submitted the application on behalf of OT Enterprises.

If approved, it would allow for approximately 20 units at the site.

One of the largest shopping centers on Hatteras Island, construction of the plaza began in 1998. It is home to Food Lion and a number of other storefronts including a movie theater building that has been vacant for a number of years.

If approved by commissioners, one zoning text amendment would allow for a density bonus of 10 units per acre only in areas of the C-2 and R-3 zoning districts where group developments existed prior to 1992 and that are also served by a central wastewater treatment plant.

Because of those requirements, Dare County Planning Director Donna Creef said that the text amendment was very narrow in scope.

A second zoning text amendment would slightly relax lot coverage requirements for the parcel by 3 percent. The Dare County Planning Board recommended approval of the text amendments at its Oct. 11 meeting.

The issue of housing has been an issue for decades,” stated Planning Director Donna Creef in a staff memo to the board. “The application of dwelling density bonuses such as those requested by OT Enterprises is a commonly-used approach to address housing shortages.”





  • Sandman

    Carter, that was a nasty comment and Karma is always watching; I wonder how you would feel saying something like that directed towards your own family…

    Wednesday, Nov 3 @ 9:37 pm
  • Dickie Ashe

    That comment from Carter was uncalled for, those families made this beach and I for one am glad they were here and I was honored to have met them.
    They are the true Outer Bankers the rest of us are just passing through.
    God Bless the Owens, Basnight and Midgett families.
    Dickie Ashe 👍🇺🇸🇺🇸

    Wednesday, Nov 3 @ 11:21 pm
  • Bud

    The problem is there are too many houses..

    Thursday, Nov 4 @ 6:15 am
  • Bill W

    Affordable housing is a good thing if it can be done properly so I applaud this effort.

    I have been coming here for 30 years and have been a property owner for 15 of those. Unfortunately the islands seem to be run for development and the natural world is simply trampled over. Imagine if the park service didn’t own most of it what it would look like.

    Friday, Nov 5 @ 8:03 am
  • Kevin Conner

    It’s too bad someone couldn’t have salvaged the old theater for use. A family-friendly venue were people could stay on HI without having to travel 60 plus miles would be great, especially during the summer when the entirety of Outer Banks is overwhelmed by traffic. Maybe someday, we’ll take properties like these and do what Nags Head did with Dowdy Park. More open space and less development is not a bad thing when you consider we live/vacation on a National Park.

    Friday, Nov 5 @ 12:53 pm
  • Gary Fuller

    Me and my wife have been home owners for 6 years and will be moving out there to live in about a month. Housing is definitely needed but only if it is done right. It is hard for me to imagine family units being added right there but I see no plans so I can’t really comment. It just seems like an odd place to put it being right in the middle of a shopping area.

    Monday, Nov 8 @ 10:19 pm