OAK ISLAND, NC (WECT) - The Oak Island Town Council has a established a 60-day moratorium on the development of homes with six bedrooms or more.
The Council decided there needed to be sufficient time to develop regulations which would protect the health, safety, and welfare of the community.
This comes after concerns from the community that larger homes were being used as "mini hotels."
In 2010, town leaders brought in an expanded waster water system, allowing larger single family residential medium density homes to be much larger since a septic tank drain field was no longer required.
Since then, there have been several rental properties constructed of 10 bedrooms or more.
The town's people, staff, and council realized this would be a direct impact on the safety and welfare of everyone.
Mayor Betty Wallace explained that when you have 20-40 occupants in one rental property, police and fire departments are directly impacted and the surrounding community is impacted by the increase in traffic.
"This issue has received more communication to our council than any other issue than I remember," said Wallace.
There is also concern over the safety factor of the drain on infrastructure.
The moratorium is effective immediately and will last until Monday, April 21.
Town leaders will host another public hearing on April 17 to discuss more permanent regulations on larger homes.
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