Kill Devil Hills leaders to discuss adding hotels

KILL DEVIL HILLS, N.C. (WAVY) – It has been nearly 30 years since Kill Devil Hills has had a new hotel. Town leaders are now exploring what it would take to change that.

“A hotel is the entry-level to the new person, the new visitor into our area,” hotel manager and Dare County Commissioner Warren Judge said.

He supports the idea of new hotels, new visitors and even new competition.

“Competition is healthy,” Judge said. “I would not be in favor of stopping anything like that in fear of the fact that someone might build a hotel next door to me.”

Judge believes current rules on the books have prevented entrepreneurs from opening new hotels for many years.

“The money that you have to pay to buy the property, to build the product…as the ordinances are written today, do not allow you to build enough rooms to generate the money to have the nexus and the profit and loss statement where you can service your debt and return to investors, pay the bills,” Judge said.

Next week the Kill Devil Hills Board of Commissions invites the public to its work session. They’ll discuss potential incentives to adding more hotels, zoning, the economy surrounding the industry, benefits of the idea and concerns.

“I think it’s a good thing,” Judge said.

Some residents told 10 On Your Side they don’t agree with adding more hotels to the town.

Richard Baugh is 88 years old. He and his wife moved to Kill Devil Hills from Fredericksburg, Va. on Jan. 1. He said, “We don’t want to see what’s on the Norfolk coast or something like that. That kind of hotel, no way.”

Becky Dixon has lived in Kill Devil Hills for 15 years. “I think that would be crazy to have even more people want to come because it’s not enough space anyway,” she said.

This is the public notice on the meeting:

Special Worksession on

Potential Hotel/Motel Development

Scheduled by KDH Board of Commissioners

January 15, 2016 @ 8:30 a.m.

At their November 2015 meeting the Board of Commissioners agreed to discuss potential hotel/motel development in Kill Devil Hills.  A special worksession will be held on Friday, January 15, 2016 at 8:30 a.m. in the downstairs Meeting Room at the Administration Building, 102 Town Hall Drive, off Colington Road.

Kill Devil Hills has a large diversification of places to stay – hotels, motels, cottage courts, large residential structures, smaller residential structures, condominiums, time-share facilities, etc.  Recognizing the conveniences and variety of services offered by hotels and motels to their guests, and also that no new hotels or motels have been constructed in Kill Devil Hills in nearly 30 years, the Board of Commissioners desires more discussions on potential hotel/motel development.  Discussions could include:

§  Identification and exploration of potential development incentives and benefits;

§  Zoning, necessary and/or desirable height/footprint requirements, overlay districts, etc.

§  Economy of hotel/motel development, i.e., jobs, visitation;

§  Fiscal benefits to Kill Devil Hills, i.e., taxes, visitation;

§  Land Use Plan survey results;

§  Concerns.

If you cannot attend the worksession, you may submit your comments in writing to the Town Clerk, P.O. Box 1719, Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948, or by e-mail to  The Board of Commissioners looks forward to hearing from all interested citizens and property owners as this issue is explored.

Posted this 28th day of December 2015.

Mary E. Quidley
Town Clerk

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