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44 New Houses Possible At Ocean Isle Beach

OCEAN ISLE BEACH — There are 44 homes proposed at the east end of this resort town, despite the prospect of erosion and flooding, the Wilmington StarNews reports.

The engineering and coastal management warns that annual long-term ocean erosion is 6.5 feet per year, that the shoreline can migrate up to 300 feet inland during a storm event, and that flood waters can reach 14 to 16 feet in the area.

But the developer, The Point OIB LLC, is progressing through the permitting process with an expected Oct. 4 completion of that paperwork, though state agencies can extend that date if they need more time to process the applications.

The Point at Ocean Isle Beach is a proposed 44-lot single-family home community on about 66 acres on the eastern tip of the barrier island, facing the Atlantic and bordered by the Intracoastal Waterway and Shallotte Inlet. The lots, 5,000 square feet at minimum, will be clustered on about 14 acres, given the wetlands that comprise a portion of the site’s acreage and the shorelines that need protection. There will be one paved road to provide ingress and egress, public water and sewer, and a retaining wall to help hold Mother Nature at bay.

The Ocean Isle Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the project last fall because the 44 lots in the application fell within the applicant’s by-right ability to build within the existing residential zoning.

Though approved by the commissioners, the application still requires final plat approval, according to town planner Justin Whiteside.

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