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Building height limits up for discussion in Oak Island

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If one town leader has his way, Oak Island could start to look a lot taller. If one town leader has his way, Oak Island could start to look a lot taller.

OAK ISLAND, NC (WECT) – Oak Island could start to look a lot taller if one town leader has his way.

There is currently a limit on how high buildings can be built. The height limit ranges from 35 feet in some parts of town to 41 feet in other parts.

Dick Marshall, a member of the planning and zoning board, recently asked staff to research information on raising the height limits.

The thought is that by raising the height limits, more developers would be attracted to building on Oak Island. Subsequently, the town could make more money through sales taxes, accommodation taxes, and waste water usage.

Mayor Betty Wallace, however, is concerned that raising the height limits could open Pandora's box.

"I just don't think that the amount of tax base that would be brought in the few areas in town that it could be built is worth losing the flavor of our beach."

The planning and zoning board will discuss this issue at its meeting next week. Before any change takes place, town council must approve plans and the issue must be approved through a referendum vote by the taxpayers.

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