Aldermen in one beach town voted down a proposed moratorium on mega-homes on the coast.
North Topsail Beach aldermen want to re-work the wording in their proposed ordinance and will hold another public hearing next month.
The moratorium would have blocked construction of houses with more than six bedrooms and more than 5,000 square feet.
Mayor Dan Tuman said the temporary moratorium would have given the town time to study regulations that affect large homes and their impact on public health and safety.
During the public hearing, two attorneys said state law doesn't allow municipalities to pass such moratoriums. But the town's attorney said just last night Oak Island in Brunswick County passed an ordinance to restrict homes to not be larger than 7 bedrooms or 5,000 square feet.
One beach town is considering a moratorium on big beach houses while town officials review regulations for high-occupancy homes.
North Topsail Beach will hold a public hearing Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. to get feedback on the proposed moratorium.
It would block construction of houses with more than six bedrooms and more than 5,000 square feet.
Mayor Dan Tuman said the moratorium would give the town time to study regulations that affect large homes and their impact on public health and safety.
Tuman said those issues include fire protection, emergency medical services, parking, noise and congestion.
The high-occupancy homes are usually rental vacation homes and not single-family residences.
Tuman said he did not think the moratorium would be long.
The public hearing will be 10 a.m. Wednesday in the Meeting Room of North Topsail Beach Town Hall.
The meeting is open to the public.
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