July 16, 2008
Contact: Michele Walker, 919-733-2293, ext. 229
Coastal Resources Commission To Meet July 23-25 in Raleigh
RALEIGH — The N.C. Coastal Resources Commission will meet Wednesday through Friday, July 23-25 at the Holiday Inn Brownstone Hotel in Raleigh, N.C. The meeting is open to the public. The Commission will hear requests for variances from CRC rules, and will rule in a contested case hearing, on Wednesday at 3 p.m.; the CRC’s regular business meeting will begin at 8 a.m. on Thursday and Friday.
The following items are on the CRC’s agenda:
Variance Requests/Contested Case(3 p.m. Wednesday) – The commission will hear requests for variances from the state’s coastal management rules, and will also hear a contested case.
Inlet Hazard Areas Rule Update (8:30 a.m. Thursday) – Coastal Management staff will discuss draft rule language regarding new inlet hazard area boundaries on the state’s 12 developed inlets, along with some draft rules to revise development standards in these areas.
Draft Amendments to 15A NCAC 7H .0308(a)(2) Temporary Erosion Control Structures – Coastal Management staff will present draft rule amendments regarding the location of and time limits for removal of sandbag structures.
Use of Geotextile Tubes(1:30 p.m. Thursday) – Spencer Rogers, of N.C. Sea Grant, will discuss the use of geotextile tubes as a substitute for multiple sandbags.
Land Use Plan Certifications(8:30 a.m. Thursday)– Commissioners will consider certification of a joint Coastal Area Management Act Land Use Plan for Edenton/Chowan County; a CAMA Land Use Plan for Atlantic Beach; and a Land Use Plan amendment for the town of Oak Island.
Public Hearings(5 p.m. Thursday) – The CRC will conduct a public hearing for proposed changes to the commission’s oceanfront setback rules.
Sandbag Inventory and Prioritization Update(8 a.m. Friday) – Coastal Management staff will present an update on the inventory of sandbag structures on the coast, along with a plan to prioritize those that are subject to the May 1 deadline for removal.
Public Input and Comment (11 a.m. Friday) – Members of the public may comment on coastal issues not already on the commission’s agenda for this meeting.
The Coastal Resources Advisory Council, a group that provides the CRC with local government perspectives and technical advice, will meet at 1 p.m. July 23 at the Holiday Inn Brownstone.