At its January 2008 meeting, the CRC:
Certified a Workbook Land Use Plan for the Town of Oriental.
Certified a Land Use Plan Amendment for New Hanover County.
Approved for public hearing amendments to 15A NCAC 7H .0306 General Use Standards for Ocean Hazard Areas, to tie beachfront building setbacks to the size of the structure, and not the use. The revisions include removingstructurally attached covered porches and decks from the total floor area equation; and treating roads as infrastructure, with a setback of 30 times the erosion rate.
Adopted amendments to 715A NCAC H .0305 General Identification and Description of Landforms, to define a “static vegetation line,” and to allow exemptions from the static line under certain conditions.
Adopted amendments to 15A NCAC 7H .0209(g) Urban Waterfronts, which would limit non-water dependent structures over public trust waters in designated Urban Waterfront areas.
Adopted amendments to 15A NCAC 7H .0312 Technical Standards for Beach Fill Projects, which makes some technical changes related to the depth of the active beach profile, the definition of “submarine borrow site,” and other minor changes.
Adopted amendments to 15A NCAC 7B .0802 Presentation of CAMA Land Use Plans to CRC for Certification, which eliminates the requirement for local governments to present their land use plan in person to the Commission.
Adopted amendments to 7H .0308 Specific Use Standards for Ocean Hazard Areas, which would allow the Commission to renew a permit for an erosion control structure issued pursuant to a variance, as long as the structure is not enlarged beyond the dimensions set out in the permit.
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.
Granted a variance to BBS Beaufort of Carteret County, who sought relief from the commission’s 30-foot buffer rule in order to construct an access road to a two-house subdivision it plans to develop in the Town of Beaufort.
Granted a variance to the N.C. Dept. of Transportation, who sought relief from the commission’s oceanfront setback rule in order to repair a stormwater ocean outfall structure in Kill Devil Hills. NCDOT intends to repair the structure to its original length of 570 feet, restoring 35 feet of structure lost to storm damage.
Overturned an administrative law judge’s summary judgment decision in the case of Howard A Lawson, et al v. Division of Coastal Management. The ALJ found that a permit denial by the Local Permitting Officer was not timely (i.e., the permit was not processed within 25 days), and therefore the permit should be granted automatically. DCM contends that the application was properly denied on the 25th day following receipt of acompleted application, including a to-scale survey that was not included with the original application submission.
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