The Outer Banks Voice – Pizzeria stirs up Nags Head neighbors


Pizzeria stirs up Nags Head neighbors

By Maggie Miles | Outer Banks Voice September 21, 2022

City says Nags Head Pizza follows rules

U.S. Senator Richard Burr expressed concerns about the pizzeria at the Sept. 7 meeting.

In the latest chapter in the neighborhood dispute over the Nags Head Pizza Company, Nags Head City Manager Andy Garman sent a letter Sept. 16 to property owners in the historic Nags Head neighborhood who had expressed concerns about the undertaken at the September 7 meeting of municipal commissioners.

In the letter, which addressed five specific concerns, Garman said Nags Head Pizza adheres to city regulations in terms of parking lot crowding, setback requirements, the need for a vegetation buffer zone and on-street parking. square. He noted that some minor tweaks might be in the works, but he claimed Nags Head Pizza is playing by the rules.

Garman also sent a letter earlier Aug. 30 to neighborhood residents conveying a similar message and stating that some of the concerns about the pizzeria are “based on inaccurate information.”

Operating since 2017 at its original location at the Gone Coastal Complex on the Manteo-Nags Head Causeway, Nags Head Pizza Company hosted the grand opening of its new location at 4036 S. Virginia Trail the weekend of July 4th.

The Board of Commissioners meeting and Garman’s letters come after a simmering row that included letters sent by residents to city officials as well as appeals to police over sound and light ordinances, which n revealed nothing significant.

Nags Head Pizza co-owner Hilarey Ball told The Voice she had no idea the business would generate this kind of pushback, since the property has been in a commercial area for more than 60 years. She noted that the dispute has been “frustrating and time-consuming for everyone”, but added that “we are grateful to the city for supporting us and doing their best to defuse the situation”.

This situation appeared to come to a head during the Chief Commissioners of Nags on Sept. 7 when residents, speaking out during the public comment period, complained about issues ranging from privacy to security concerns.

Ed Tankard, a resident of Eastville, Va., who owns a house next door, said he had to put up a fence around his house, saying “people are eating along the road outside our home. It’s not private. We endured this nightmare all summer.

Elaine Wood, a Raleigh resident who has owned the house across from Nags Head Pizza Company since 2018, said, “I don’t want to have to screen my porch. I know people don’t like to watch us on our porch and we don’t want to see people chewing their food on a regular basis.

Charles Grice McMullan, a Richmond resident whose family has owned surrounding lots on Virginia Dare Trail for three generations, expressed concern that the pizzeria’s customers are encroaching on his property two lots away. “It’s only a matter of time, human nature being what it is, that someone tries to swim in our pool – and we see that as a threat and really dangerous,” he said. declared.

The most notable speaker at the meeting was US Senator Richard Burr, owner of a vacation home on one of the nearby lots.

“Here is our request,” he told the board. “Let’s hand over the take-out permit only until there is compliance with public safety, vegetation, setback requirements and parking required for a facility like this. It is a matter of public safety. »

In his initial Aug. 30 letter, Garman politely refuted the idea that the landlords were violating Nags Head zoning rules.

“Please understand that there have been no waivers issued for this approval. Any type of restaurant is permitted in the C-2 Ward,” Garman wrote. “A waiver is only required if the development cannot meet the standards of the ordinance… In this case, the development met the standards such that no waiver was required, sought or granted by anyone.”

The letter added that “since the use is considered permitted use, we only have the ability to determine whether it meets our standards or not. Since the standards are met for this use, the staff had to approve it. Such approval is not a matter of discretion for the Board of Commissioners or staff.

In the last letter of September 16, Garman reported that the city had discussed with the owners the idea of ​​adding a green screen along the north lot line and along the wall where the picnic tables are located. picnic, stating that they had “expressed a willingness to do this. The letter also stated that the “owners are also investigating signage that would designate several of the parking spaces as take-out only.”

For his part, Ball said the city has been very supportive and fun to work with them and let neighbors know what they’re doing is legal. But she acknowledged that for her and her business partners, her husband Lewis Ball and Kevin Bancroft, it has been a difficult experience.

“We are just two families trying to feed our children,” she said. “We’re not trying to get rich. We’re just trying to make a living. We have lived here all our lives. We love this community. We’ve always emphasized inclusiveness and spreading a sense of welcome…so having that negative force working against us was really difficult.


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