At its April 2009 meeting, the CRC:
Adopted amendments to 15A NCAC 7H .0308(a)(2) Temporary Erosion Control Structures, to allow an extended timeframe (eight years) for sandbags located in an Inlet Hazard Area if they are located in a community seeking an inlet relocation project, with an additional eight year extension should the structure become threatened again and the community seeks another inlet relocation project. The amendments also clarify that sandbags may be placed more than 20 feet from a structure when warranted by accelerated erosion.
Adopted amendments to 15A NCAC 7H .1100 General Permit for the Construction of Bulkheads and the Placement of Riprap for Shoreline Protection in Estuarine and Public Trust Waters and Ocean Hazard Areas, to increase permit fees from $200 to $400 for bulkheads landward of normal high water or normal water level; refine bulkhead alignment (two feet further landward than previously allowed for new bulkheads); refine riprap revetment alignment (five feet further waterward than previously allowed for new riprap on non-manmade shorelines, and three feet more landward than previously allowed for riprap on manmade shorelines); and increase slope allowances for riprap revetments.
Adopted amendments to 15A NCAC 7H .1200 General Permit for the Construction of Piers: Docks: and Boat Houses in Estuarine and Public Trust Waters and Ocean Hazard Areas, to allow a maximum of 800 square feet of docks and docking facilities that can be used in any combination, except that no single component may be more than 400 square feet. The maximum square footage of docks and docking facilities is calculated as eight square feet per linear foot of shoreline, up to the 800 square foot limit. The amendments codify the existing protocol of consulting with the Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF) or the Wildlife Resources Commission (WRC) before permitting docking facilities in designated Primary Nursery Areas (PNAs) where the normal water depth is less than two feet. Piers and docking facilities may be constructed over shellfish beds and submerged aquatic vegetation without prior consultation between DCM and DMF or WRC if water depth at the docking facility is equal to or greater than two feet at normal low or normal water level and the facility is located to minimize the area of SAV and shellfish beds under the structure.
Denied a variance to the Riggings Homeowners Association of New Hanover County, who sought relief from the CRC’s sandbag rules in order to keep the sandbags protecting their property in place until the homeowners can implement another strategy for shore protection. In Jan. 2008, the CRC denied this variance request, however, in Jan. 2009 a New Hanover Co. Superior Court judge remanded the variance back to the CRC for this rehearing.
Granted a variance to Bald Head Island Ltd., who sought relief from the CRC’s 30-foot buffer rule, rules regarding non-water dependent uses, and platform size limits in order to construct (1) an eight-foot wide paved emergency access road and turn-around at Deep Point Marina, and (2) five wooden platform landings at the dock entrances at the Marina. Deep Point Marina is on the Brunswick County mainland adjacent to the Cape Fear River. The variance was conditioned to require that the roadway may be used only by the harbor master and emergency vehicles.
Upheld an Administrative Law Judge’s ruling in the case of Stirewalt (agent for Parker Overton) v. Division of Coastal Management. The ALJ affirmed the CAMA Local Permit Officer’s decision to deny a CAMA minor permit for a swimming pool and its proposed large support structure for the pool, within the oceanfront setback on Petitioner’s property on Figure Eight Island. The ALJ agreed with the LPO and DCM that the large support structure would be in violation of the Commission’s rules regarding development within oceanfront setbacks because it would harm the frontal dune, and would violate the law banning permanent erosion control structures on the oceanfront, as the supporting structure would act as a seawall.
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