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Coastal Management

Sept. 17, 2008

Contact: Michele Walker, 919-733-2293, ext. 229

Coastal Resources Commission to Meet Sept. 24-26 in Sunset Beach

RALEIGH — The N.C. Coastal Resources Commission will spend significant time discussing offshore wind energy at its next meeting, Sept. 24-26 at the Sea Trail Resort and Convention Center in Sunset Beach. The commission will hear requests for variances from CRC rules on Wednesday, Sept. 24, at 3 p.m.; and the CRC’s regular business meeting will begin at 8 a.m. on Thursday and 8:30 a.m. on Friday. The meeting is open to the public.

Thursday at 10 a.m., representatives from several organizations will present information relating to the development of offshore wind energy in North Carolina. The speakers will also participate in a wind energy panel, which will begin at 1:15 p.m. Speakers and experts include representatives from the N.C. Sustainable Energy Association, Environmental Management Commission, Audubon Society, Division of Marine Fisheries, Department of Administration, Wildlife Resources Commission, State Energy Office, U.S. Marine Corps, Carteret County and N.C. Sea Grant.

The following items are also on the CRC’s agenda:

  • CAMA Major Permit and Dredge & Fill Review Process(8:30 a.m. Friday) – Coastal Management staff will review the process DCM uses to review major CAMA permits and dredge and fill permits.

  • Ocean Policy Study Committee and Beach and Inlet Management Plan Update(8:30 a.m. Friday) – Coastal Management staff will present an update on each of these initiatives.

  • Land Use Plan Amendments(11:30 a.m. Thursday)– Commissioners will consider certification of Land Use Plan Amendments for Currituck County and the Town of Carolina Beach.

  • Public Comments/Staff Recommendations for Rules Regarding Oceanfront Setbacks and Static Line Procedures(8:30 a.m. Friday) – Coastal Management staff will present a summary of public comments received this summer regarding proposed changes to 7H .0306 General Use Standards for Ocean Hazard Areas & 7J .1200 Static Line Exception Procedures. The commission will vote on each of these proposed rules on Friday.

  • 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.

  • Public Hearings(3 p.m. Thursday)– The CRC will conduct public hearings for the following proposed rule changes:
    • 15A NCAC 7H .0205 Coastal Wetlands

    • 15A NCAC 7H .1401, .1402, .1404, .1405 General Permit for Construction of Groins in Estuarine & Public Trust Waters

    • 15A NCAC 7H .2101, .2102, .2104, .2105 General Permit for Marsh Enhancement Breakwaters

    • 15A NCAC 7H .2401, .2402, .2404, .2405 General Permit for Placement of Riprap for Wetland Protection

    • 15A NCAC 7J .0701, .0703 Variance Petitions

    • 15A NCAC 7M .0301, .0302, .0303, .0306, .0307 Shorefront Access Policies

The Coastal Resources Advisory Council, a group that provides the CRC with local government perspectives and technical advice, will meet at 1 p.m. Sept. 24 at Sea Trail.

 

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