Dare County releases video of new housing task force

By on February 8, 2024

Dare County has released this brief video in the wake of the first meeting of the new Dare County Housing Task Force on Jan. 18.  The task force, consisting of about two dozen members, includes representatives of the incorporated towns and the county, business owners and representatives of the Dare County Board of Education, Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce and Outer Banks Visitors Bureau as well as individuals from Wanchese, northern Roanoke Island and Hatteras Island.

The task force was formed in the wake of several unsuccessful attempts by the county’s housing development partners—the Woda Cooper Company and Coastal Affordable Housing, LLC—to build projects in Manteo, Nags Head and Kill Devil Hills. In each case, the projects were effectively blocked by town commissioners amid vocal resident opposition. Late last year, Woda Cooper announced it was ending its efforts to build housing in Dare County.

In reviewing the frustrating history of county efforts to build such housing at the Jam/ 18 meeting, County Manager Bobby Outten acknowledged that “this has been an issue that’s been going on in the county for about 30 years at least. I started in 2000 as a county attorney, and it was going on before I got here…So now for the one, two, three, four, five, six, seventh try at this, we’re trying to figure out how do we get something moving.”

The next meeting of the housing task force is scheduled for Feb. 20. Link to the Dare County Housing Task Force for addional information.



  • surf123

    A bunch of blowhards who will never get anything done after making this video. Kickoff meetings are always good because everyone is optimistic. No one will accept this housing in their neighborhood and certainly not commingled with rental homes. Move it to the mainland and it might stand a chance. The best use of every land is tourist related businesses or rental homes.

    Thursday, Feb 8 @ 1:47 pm
  • Free campaign commercial?

    There is no new information in this video paid for by the taxpayers of Dare County. It looks like a free campaign commercial for county commissioner Bob Woodard who is currently running for reelection in the Republican primary election. He is running against Christian Thomas Hayman of Kill Devil Hills in the Republican primary election.

    Republicans who support Mr. Woodard’s plans for taxpayer subsidized housing projects that will be available to anyone from anywhere as long as they are below the income limits should vote for him. If you support big government socialist policies to address local business worker housing issues he is your guy. He is getting lots of support from the business community who want taxpayers to subsidize housing costs for their workers so for the next month everywhere to look you will be seeing one of his campaign advertisements.

    Republicans who object to these misguided plans for subsidized housing projects that would encourage more non-locals and non-workers to move to Dare County which would increase the demand for local services and just make our local worker housing problems even worse should vote for Mr. Hayman. If you support small government solutions where businesses are expected to solve their own problems in the free market then Mr. Hayman is a better choice.

    Primary Election Day is March 5, 2024. Early Voting starts February 15, 2024.

    Thursday, Feb 8 @ 3:55 pm
  • Dethrol

    Since he’s so interested in the history of “affordable” housing here, perhaps County Manager Bobby Outten (or maybe an investigative journalist) can provide ALL residents of the county with a citation from a statute, law or precedent that permits Dare County government (including the municipalities represented on this white elephant) to pursue or otherwise be involved in “county efforts to build such housing”.

    Dare County lacks authority, legal basis, or precedent to build, fund, or manage housing. It’s overreach, plain and simple. End this joke of a task force before it’s too late.

    Thursday, Feb 8 @ 5:33 pm
  • Chris

    Dethrol, how were they able to build the teacher housing then?

    Thursday, Feb 8 @ 6:32 pm
  • Teacher Housing

    Our teacher housing was not built by the Dare County government, it was built by and is managed by the non-profit Dare Education Foundation.

    Thursday, Feb 8 @ 9:59 pm
  • Yep

    Here’s an idea (or two). Ban Air b n b from west of the by-pass. All vacation rentals west of the by-pass must be used as a year round rental one year out of a five year period. Yes, people will lose some money but a lot of those people do not even live here. Think about it. I believe it could solve our housing crisis.

    Thursday, Feb 8 @ 10:13 pm
  • Dethrol

    Chris, not sure who “they” are. The “Affordable Teacher Housing”, as it’s called, was built and is administered by the Dare County Education Foundation Inc. (please note the “Inc.”). This foundation is a public charity and a 501 (c) (3) entity and is NOT a governmental organization (despite its official sounding name).

    Based on publicly available information, the housing was developed through a partnership between the State Employees Credit Union (funding) and Dare County Education Foundation, Inc. (administration) going back to the early 2000’s.

    I got my information from SECU and DCEF public access sites and I don’t pretend to be the definitive or all-knowing source of background on this issue. Back then, it was determined that the compensation package and cost of living were adversely affecting the ability of the school system to hire and keep teachers. Local governments, as well as the state Dept. of Education were undoubtedly involved in some capacity as interested parties. However, Government had and has nothing to do with the day to day activities of the properties and have no controlling interest or authority (aside from zoning, inspection and other public functions they perform all over the OBX for all types of activities.

    Also, according to the DCEF website, “These 2-bedroom, 2-bath units rent for $850 per month, prioritizing teachers and school leaders, but are also available to anyone employed by Dare County Schools (DCS), Dare County, or the state or federal government if the units are not filled. So, it’s not “teachers only” although I’m not sure how fair housing and anti-discrimination laws apply. These laws surely have changed in the last 15-20 years.

    Thursday, Feb 8 @ 10:37 pm
  • Buck C

    Multiple people on this task force have either Airbnb’s connected to their house or investment properties that are used for short term rentals. While I am totally for this and I think everyone should make the best of their assets and situation, this is a complete political joke and waste of tax payers money.

    Thursday, Feb 8 @ 11:15 pm
  • Bev

    Some very valid points have been made by many in the comment section.
    OPTICS! It’s all about optics when we should have a little less talk and a lot more action!
    WoW. What I see in this video is the SAME FACES! The SAME group of folks that have been connected and benefited from Dare.
    I don’t know of any Vacation Destination that has affordable housing, Not One. If you can find one, we need to ask them for their model and apply it in Dare. Until then, nothing will happen or change.

    Friday, Feb 9 @ 10:50 am
  • OBX Resident

    Be careful on banning Airbnb’s. Having an Airbnb, allows me to subsidize my other long term rental that is rented to locals. With rising insurance rates and other costs, I would have to charge more just to cover the maintenance and annual costs associated with the long-term rental. I will depend on these in my hopeful retirement.

    Friday, Feb 9 @ 8:05 pm
  • Steven

    When there were half the houses as currently, there was no housing shortage for residents and workers.
    Go figure..

    Saturday, Feb 10 @ 6:26 am
  • Double m

    A pretty easy solution would to make all towns in dare county have some type of affordable housing. There are so many of us who are not low income and work more than full time but just simply have no place to live. Every town in dare county should provide this. Not saying low income but just for the so many of us around this area who do work and make liveable wages and love the area. Since nobody wants to step up make all the towns step up

    Saturday, Feb 10 @ 9:33 am