North Topsail Beach mayor testifies before a House natural resources subcommittee

Published: Friday, April 18, 2014 at 12:43 PM.

of the policies and ordinances that control these areas. Of the 3929.0 total acres within North Topsail

Beach, 2,565.0 acres, 65% of the town’s land area, are classified as Conservation District. This district is

established to protect the floodplain, coastal waters and areas of environmental concern under the

North Carolina Coastal Area Management Act (CAMA). No residential development is allowed in this

area for both environmental and future sea level rise concerns. Residential development is only

permitted along the immediate higher elevation shoreline, with vegetative buffer zones isolating the

residential areas from the lower elevation, environmentally sensitive Conservation District along the

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