Nags Head Planning Board to hear hotel proposal

By on June 18, 2022

Rendering of the hotel in the early stages of the proposal. (Town of Nags Head)

The Nags Head Planning Board on June 21 will hear a preliminary proposal for a new hotel to be called the Inn at Whalebone. If it is constructed, the four-story, 11,215-square-foot hotel would have 90 units and be located on the west side of U.S. 158 at 6632 W. Pheasant Avenue.

The property is just south of Nags Head Golf Links and the Village at Nags Head, and just north of the Soundside Event site where an event center is being proposed.

House Engineering, P.C. of Kitty Hawk submitted the application and at this time, there is no indication of a development firm, according to Nags Head Planning Director Kelly Wyatt.

At the meeting, the planning board will be presented with a sketch plan, which Wyatt said differs from a site plan because it serves as a mechanism for larger developments generate informal input from the planning staff and planning board prior to a large investment of time and money into a project. This, she added, allows developers to incorporate significant changes that are recommended by the town early in the process.

According to a June 17 staff report from Wyatt to the planning board, a sketch plan review is mandatory for all new development, other than one- and two-family dwellings, in cases where new construction and/or additions have a total habitable building area that is 5,000 square feet or greater.

According to Dare County tax records, the property is currently owned by Stanford and Susan White and valued at $1.116 million.






  • Patricia Merski

    More for the tourists…what about the LOCALS who need fair and affordable housing…rents are rising and those on fixed incomes’ rates are NOT rising, but we have bow to whoever is leading the charge…It’s a shame that no one here in any position of power or influence even listens or considers the locals trials and tribulations….no, let’s see what we can do for the rude and clueless tourists…..all the politicians here look at is the $$$$$ and what’s in it for them.

    Saturday, Jun 18 @ 10:19 am
  • Ann

    Noooooo!!! This is going to RUIN the natural habitat AND the charm of the island that people come here for to begin with!!! Please stop trying to make more room for MORE PEOPLE!!!!
    What used to be a peaceful respite is starting to turn into an overcrowded s$!t show!!! Locals will want to move away and tourists (no disrespect intended, tourists are expected and desired as long as they are respectful) will overcrowd bringing more crime and less respect for the island. I know NOT all tourists will be that way, but we do NOT need Virginia Beach style antics here. This is just too much.

    Saturday, Jun 18 @ 10:57 am
  • JN Thomas

    Just what we need more hotels for more tourist….. How about Building condo ,so we can get some new doctors in ,to help take care of the people that live here ?????. (That’s what we need ,more hotels……. ) Not !!!! The houses on the beach ,aren’t all rented out….. why make more rooms?????

    Saturday, Jun 18 @ 1:23 pm
  • Margaret Saunders

    And what about medical care (see earlier articles here and in the Coastland Times) for the people who will build and service yet more development? Have planners and real estate developers considered this and burdens on other infrastructure: roads, water, sewer, etc.?

    Saturday, Jun 18 @ 2:19 pm
  • surf123

    @Margaret Saunders…the developers, real estate companies/agents, and planners really have no interest in what is good for the citizens. They have not, nor will they ever, figure out that there is an equilibrium point where development and population growth turn detrimental to residents and visitors. They also have no concept that more development means more tax revenue, but forget that with that come more expenses. You to hire more people (police, fire, teachers, staffing), new schools, new or expanded facilities, more maintenance, etc. $1 in is never $1 extra to blow.

    Saturday, Jun 18 @ 4:38 pm
  • KDH back seat reviewer

    Soundside Event site. Anyone building a hotel is planning on the event site to be used at least 26 times per year. So the real question is what is the Soundside Event site.

    Be prepared more for more spin off commercial business once the above question is fully answered and not by what is on paper and in people’s minds but what will actually be the Soundside event site once is open for business

    Saturday, Jun 18 @ 4:46 pm
  • S. Wolf

    More housing for the locals that live and work here is what is needed. There are enough hotels and mega mansions on the island. My vote is a big NO.

    Saturday, Jun 18 @ 7:51 pm
  • Boo Sue

    Please, no more hotels etc. for tourists. Start focusing on some local needs and issues. There is a balance. We are reaching a tipping point!

    Saturday, Jun 18 @ 7:59 pm
  • Nags Head Native

    I agree wholeheartedly with many of the comments here and on Facebook that this hotel would be a shame, but the planning board cannot stop a developer from building something so long as it meets town code, zoning requirements, etc.

    If you are worried about over development, lack of affordable housing, major changes to our community, etc., I encourage you to stay tuned in to the board of commissioners meetings. There is a proposal on the table now to actually change town code to allow for 2, 000 sq ft houses to be built in “cottage courts”… Is it a cottage court or just a high density vacation rental property at that point? The Outer Banks Voice should consider shining some light on that one as well.

    Saturday, Jun 18 @ 8:24 pm
  • S Doucettee

    What time is this meeting Tuesday? This is very sad news. Do we really need another hotel?

    Sunday, Jun 19 @ 7:54 am
  • Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice

    The meeting is 9 a.m.

    Sunday, Jun 19 @ 10:13 am
  • Pamela Hardesty

    One of the reasons people flock to OBX is there is no boardwalk, less buildup,comfortable, relaxing. If you keep developing, it will soon become like Myrtle Beach and OC MD which has lost patrons to your area. Please keep this in mind.

    Sunday, Jun 19 @ 10:26 am
  • Sarah

    Seriously, the LAST thing we need is more hotels! How about actual housing??

    Sunday, Jun 19 @ 11:03 am
  • Nosey OBXer

    Living on OBX is living on a huge septic tank. Builders do not care. Their greed is ruining this beautiful barrier island.
    Read study by UNC

    Sunday, Jun 19 @ 2:09 pm
  • Daryl

    Ots a private investment, surprised so many people act like the county or town is thinking about building this? People who are having a tough time financially living here need to read the book “Living in Paradise.” It will prepare you with what you already know, living on a fixed income tends to price you out of a resort area over time. Yes, it will co tinue to get harder to find good employees in all industries cause the cost of living. Might need to appreciate just being close to paradise like in Currituck and make your money go a lot further for you. Having medical setvice provider issues across the country. They are worn out and probably upset after they were willing to help fibght a virus they weren’t sure they could survive to then being villified for not wanting a vaccine after countless hours in harms way. Wanna build a hotel, great! Just might want to possibly consider having rooms for employees as well. Thats the new business model, build your business with rooms for emoyees to house. Good luck in your endeavors!

    Sunday, Jun 19 @ 2:39 pm
  • r hedgepeth

    Folks, ya better start voicing your opions face to face at county/town meetings , or get run over by the “machine”….more often.

    Monday, Jun 20 @ 3:46 am
  • Ben Weber

    The posters on this site are really funny….”no-not more hotels” “whoa is me, we are loosing the way of life down here.” “Traffic is so bad.”

    Folks, wake the hell up! It is already too late. YOU, the local, elected folks who changed the Zoning and ordered the beach nourishment to maintain tourists. YOU, the local, voted on folks to spend money promoting the area to NVA and points beyond. YOU, the local, begged for more shopping alternatives……the tourists did none of this.

    If you want to close pandora’s box you need to speak out and attend our local communities meetings. OH…and here is a novel concept….RUN FOR OFFICE.

    Not to be rude, but I saw all this happen in Western Loudoun in VA. Folks moved west our of DC to get “away.” ….but complained they couldn’t get their Lattees from Starbucks….or couldn’t get their import car serviced by the local garage.

    Monday, Jun 20 @ 10:14 am
  • resident

    Why are the commissioner meetings during working hours? most people that work cannot attend and have the opportunity for public comment?

    Thursday, Jun 23 @ 1:33 pm