The Currituck County Board of Commissioners adopted a resolution to make a slight change in the starting time to one of its two regular monthly meetings. Beginning in March, the first meeting of each month will begin at 6:00 p.m. and the second meeting will begin at 4:00 p.m.
Previously, every meeting began at 6:00 p.m. Starting the second monthly meeting at 4:00 p.m. will better accommodate public hearings and requests for special use permits. This type of business typically requires more time, as applicants must present evidence and answer questions from the Board prior to a vote. Evidence presented may include conceptual site plans, architectural sketches, conformity with the Land Use Plan, results of community meetings, traffic studies, appraisals, and plans for utilities, open space, and storm water management. Often, these discussions are very lengthy and detailed, and meetings can last for several hours.
County staff will now schedule hearings for the second meeting in each month. By starting at 4:00 p.m., applicants and other citizens will be able to travel home earlier at night. It will also enable the Board to make important decisions prior to late-night fatigue becoming a concern.
The first meeting of each month will be reserved for legislative matters and administrative items that typically require less time to resolve. Each meeting will include a public comment period at the beginning and citizens will have an opportunity to speak on agenda items when it is allowable.
Currituck County will continue to make available each Board of Commissioners meeting via online livestream, which is accessible at https://co.currituck.nc.us/board-of-commissioners/watch-board-meetings/. Meetings are also shown live on Mediacom Ch. 18 for cable television subscribers.
Citizens may access meeting schedules and view meeting agendas here.