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Oak Island extends moratorium on large home construction

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The Oak Island Town Council has voted unanimously to extend the moratorium on construction of large homes with six bedrooms or more. (Source: WECT) The Oak Island Town Council has voted unanimously to extend the moratorium on construction of large homes with six bedrooms or more. (Source: WECT)

OAK ISLAND, NC (WECT) - The Oak Island Town Council voted unanimously to extend the moratorium on construction of large homes with seven bedrooms or more.

Town Council said it needs more time to study the effects of these large homes on the town's sewer system.

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 council decided there needed to be sufficient time to develop regulations for these "mini hotels" which would protect the health, safety, and welfare of the community.

"I realized that all of a sudden the sewer was not designed for that, and that became a huge problem," Former Oak Island Mayor Helen Cashwell said. "If any step along the way causes it to go astray, we're in huge trouble."

The town will meet with sewer engineers on May 13 to learn more, and then reconvene for a decision on the matter June 16.

Officials say this is a venture that's a first of its kind, and they believe they're being watched closely by neighboring beach towns facing similar issues.

Developers are also happy the town is taking more time to look at the implications of this policy on the community.

"People think they're not wanted or that the town doesn't want anymore investment, then they're going to look elsewhere," BASE representative Tyler Newman said. "You've got a lot of different pressures externally that when you have internal pressure from the town and the residents saying they don't want something, then clearly that investment's going to elsewhere."

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