The Board of Commissioners attended a work session at 5 PM in the Historic Courthouse Conference Room to discuss the idea of merging the Planning Board and Board of Adjustment. Ben Woody, Planning and Community Development Director, was present and described the duties of each Board, provided meeting counts and presented possible work scenarios for the Board if merged. Mr. Woody said the Planning Board members were generally open to the idea. After some discussion, the Board of Commissioners chose not to merge the Board of Adjustment and Planning Board at this time but did ask Mr. Woody to bring a text amendment for consideration to reduce Planning Board membership from nine to seven.
County Manager, Dan Scanlon, reported Towne Bank was interested in selling their property located at the south end of Corolla Bay. Mr. Scanlon explained an earlier land swap discussion that did not happen due to deed restrictions on a county-owned parcel next to Food Lion and discussed plans for a proposed park at the bridge terminus and an . Mr. Scanlon said Towne Bank's property had a market value of $3 million and was offered for sale at $1.7 million. Commissioners were interested and suggested reopening a land swap discussion before considering for purchase.