A new lawsuit in Currituck County on the Outer Banks is set to determine what exactly a single family home on the Outer Banks and in North Carolina, actually is. The Virginian-Pilot has some excellent background on the lawsuit and everything that has taken place so far.
The courts, the neighbors, Currituck County and the owners of a 24-bedroom event house set among the Outer Banks dunes remain at loggerheads over one question: Is it a single-family dwelling or not?
The controversy began four years ago, before the home’s foundation was started. Last week, homeowner Elizabeth Letendre sued Currituck County, arguing that the $4.6 million property with enough beds to sleep 50 people is a single-family house.
The county’s development ordinance and state codes do not set a size or bedroom limit for houses, according to the lawsuit. The county agreed in a 2013 letter that the home fit the residential zoning there and granted a building permit in 2015.
Then, when the North Carolina Court of Appeals disagreed in June 2016, the county issued a stop-work order just before completion of the house. “Under North Carolina law, Letendre has a recognized and protected right to develop her lot,” the suit says.
The U-shaped building sits in the four-wheel-drive area north of Corolla. Each of its three sections boasts about 5,000 square feet of living space. Two wings are connected to the front part by enclosed hallways, but the foundations are not joined, a point of contention. Letendre’s suit says the house would be the same size and have the same impact whether or not the foundations were joined.
It generated such interest on our Facebook Page, that we thought we’d ask the question and see what people thought.