OAK ISLAND, NC (WECT) - Town leaders in Oak Island have set new rules on how big houses can be built within town limits.
Tuesday night, Oak Island Council voted to limit home sizes to 5,000 square feet and seven bedrooms. Council will also require one parking space for each bedroom.
According to Councilman Jeff Winecoff, town leaders also directed staff to ask the planning board to create a list of criteria for applicants that wish to build a home larger than seven bedrooms.
The planning board was also asked to create a list of appropriate uses for new homes and the potential impact on the town's sewer system.
The town's sewer system is not built to manage large homes with multiple water fixtures, according to representatives with Black and Veatch, the company that manages Oak Island's sewer system.
The new ordinance replaces a moratorium that was installed back in February which banned the permitting of houses larger than six bedrooms.