At its March 2008 meeting, the CRC:
On the recommendation of the Coastal Resources Advisory Council, certified a Land Use Plan for Hyde County.
Approved for public hearing revisions to rule amendments that were approved for public hearing in January 2008 to 15A NCAC 7H .0306 General Use Standards for Ocean Hazard Areas, which would tie beachfront building setbacks to the size of the structure, and not the use. One sentence addressing the enclosure of existing roof-covered porches was stricken from the language originally approved in January.
Approved for public hearing amendments to 15A NCAC 7J .1200 Procedures for Processing and Enforcement of Major and Minor Development Permits, Variance Requests, Appeals from Permit Decisions, Declaratory Rulings and Static Line Exceptions. The amendments address procedures for approval of static line exception requests.
Approved for public hearing amendments to 15A NCAC 7H .0205 Coastal Wetlands, which would provide rules for the alteration (mowing, cutting or burning) of coastal wetlands, or marshes. The rule allows for mowing or cutting of coastal wetlands to a height of no less than two feet at any time of year, and to a height of no less than 6 inches once between Dec. 1 and March 31. A walkway to the water may be mowed through the marsh on properties that do not have a pier.
Approved for public hearing amendments to 15A NCAC 7H .1400 General Permit for Construction of Groins in Estuarine and Public Trust Waters and Ocean Hazard Areas; 15A NCAC 7H .2100 General Permit for Construction of Sheetpile Sill in Estuarine and Public Trust Waters and Ocean Hazard Areas; and 15A NCAC 7H .2400 General Permit for Placement of Riprap Revetments for Wetland Protection in Estuarine and Public Trust Waters.
Provided a rule interpretation for 15A NCAC 7H .0308 (a)(2)(B), which defines when a structures is considered to be imminently threatened in order to be issued a permit for sandbags.
Denied a petition for rulemaking brought by Landmark Hotel Group. The petition sought to amend the CRC’s rules regarding temporary erosion control structures which would result in the indefinite maintenance of sandbag structures protecting commercial oceanfront buildings, along with a provision allowing sandbags to be used to protect appurtenances such as pools, decks and gazebos within the oceanfront setback area.
Granted a variance to the Town of Emerald Isle and five adjacent property owners (Dr. and Mrs. Charles Mess, Mr. and Mrs. H. Wayne Mohorn, Mike and Gail Ray, Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Brew, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Davis III, and Mr. and Mrs. Larry Almond), who sought relief from the CRC’s rules regarding temporary erosion control structures in order to extend by two years a permit for sandbags protecting their property in the area known as the Point in Emerald Isle.
Denied a variance to Carroll and Donna Midgett of Dare County, who sought relief from the commission’s oceanfront setback rule in order to construct a single-family residence with a pool on oceanfront property in Rodanthe.
Upheld an administrative law judge’s decision in the case of Ward v. Division of Coastal Management and Carolina Marina and Yacht Club, LLC. The third party petition brought by the Wards challenged the Division’s issuance of a major CAMA permit to Carolina Marina and Yacht Club for development adjacent to the Intracoastal Waterway in Wilmington. The ALJ found that DCM properly issued the permit.
Voted to send a communication to the General Assembly requesting more funds for CRC legal activities, in recognition of the increased amount of variance requests and other litigation being brought to the Commission.
Voted to send a letter to the U.S. Senate in support of a proposal developed in large part by East Carolina University (ECU) to assess the economic implications of climate change, sea level rise and storms for both North and South Carolina.
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