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Coastal Resources Commission :: Actions from July Meeting
At its July meeting, the CRC:
  • Adopted rule amendments that would expand the use of CAMA general permits on the sound side of barrier islands when the property also falls within the Ocean Hazard Area of Environmental Concern (AEC). Current rules largely prohibit the use of general permits in the Ocean Hazard AEC, which is made up of the Ocean Erodible, High-Hazard Flood, Inlet Hazard and Unvegetated Beach areas. Under the rule changes, sound-side property owners in the Ocean Hazard AEC will be eligible to get general permits for traditional structures routinely permitted along sounds. Examples are: piers, docks, bulkheads and riprap. Currently, property owners would have to apply for a CAMA major permit, which takes longer to issue. The rule changes are scheduled to take effect next April.
  • Adopted rule amendments that will allow property owners to use additional pilings and crossbeams to brace their piers to prevent or minimize storm damage, as long as the pilings do not extend more than 2 feet beyond either side of the pier. The piers must have been built by July 1, 2001. This rule change is already in effect as a temporary rule, and the permanent version is scheduled to take effect next April.
  • Adopted a change to definitions used in the mapping requirements in the new CAMA land-use planning guidelines. The change replaces the phrase “probable Section 404 wetlands” – which are under U.S. Army Corps of Engineers jurisdiction – with the text, “non-coastal wetlands, including forested wetland, shrub-scrub wetlands and freshwater marshes.” The text change is scheduled to take effect next April.
  • Concurred with DCM staff’s standards and protocol for implementing the commission’s “50 percent rule,” which is used in distinguishing between repair and replacement of damaged structures located within CAMA jurisdiction.
  • Granted authority to the towns of Kitty Hawk and Plymouth to develop individual CAMA land-use plans. Under CAMA, municipalities must receive authority from the CRC if they choose not to follow the county’s plan and develop their own.
  • Granted a variance to Dennis and Alita Carroll of Buxton to build a single-family house with decking that would encroach into the 30-foot coastal shoreline buffer on a sound-side lot they own in Frisco. The Carrolls will install a stormwater collection system.
  • Denied a variance to Donald Edwards of Sneads Ferry, who wanted to add a covered porch to his existing house despite the fact that it would encroach into the 30-foot coastal shoreline buffer.
  • Granted a variance to Eddie Dawkins of Atlantic Beach to build a single-family house that would encroach into the 30-foot coastal shoreline buffer on an irregularly shaped lot. The house will have a stormwater collection system.
  • Denied a variance to Robert Kenefick and six other Figure Eight Island property owners, who wanted to place sandbags in front of the sand dunes even though the erosion scarp was not close enough to their homes to qualify them as “imminently threatened” under CRC rules.
Last Modified:November 04, 2002
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