At its May 2008 meeting, the CRC:
On the recommendation of the Coastal Resources Advisory Council, certified a Land Use Plan for the Village of Bald Head Island.
Approved for public hearing amendments to 15A NCAC 7H.0309 Use Standards for Ocean Hazard Areas: Exceptions, with regard to rules governing pier houses. The proposed changes would allow new and existing pier houses to be located or replaced oceanward of the setback line if absolutely necessary, but landward of mean high water; seaward of the setback, allow pier houses to be maximum of two stories high; limit a new pier house’s footprint to 5,000 square feet; and limit commercial, non-water dependent uses to restaurants and retail services.
Approved for public hearing amendments to 15A NCAC 7H .0309 Use Standards for Ocean Hazard Areas: Exceptions, with regard to rules governing the “single-family” exception. The amendments would remove the “single-family” designation from the exception for structures on lots platted before June 1, 1979, that cannot meet the applicable oceanfront setback. Rather, the exception for these structures would be based on size rather than use, and would limit the footprint to 1,000 square feet, and the total floor area to 2,000 square feet. The exception would not be allowed in an Unvegetated Beach Area of Environmental Concern.
Approved for public hearing amendments to 15A NCAC 7H .1100 General Permit for Placement of Riprap and Bulkheads. The amendments include an increase of permit fees from $200 to $400 for bulkheads landward
of normal high water or normal water level; refining bulkhead alignment (2 feet further landward than previously for new bulkheads); refining riprap revetment alignment (5 feet further waterward than previously for new riprap on non-manmade shorelines, and 3 feet more landward than previously for riprap on manmade shorelines); and increasing slope allowances for riprap revetments.
Denied a petition for rulemaking brought by the law firm of Kennedy Covington Lobdell & Hickman. The petition seeks to amend the Commission’s rules on ocean shoreline erosion control activities primarily by changing the criteria by which sandbag structures are afforded the extended five-year time frame. The petition would apply the extension to structures in communities currently pursuing a long-term erosion control plan, and to structures in Inlet Hazard Areas for communities seeking inlet relocation projects. The Commission did direct DCM staff to continue discussing these issues with Kennedy Covington and other parties with a view toward improving the sandbag rules.
Granted two variances to Susan G. Stern of New Hanover County, who sought relief from the CRC’s “one-quarter” rule regarding piers in order to construct piers and docks on two undeveloped properties in Wilmington. To extend to deep water, the proposed piers would need to exceed the one-fourth of the width of the water body limitation.
Granted a variance to the Town of Atlantic Beach, who sought relief from the commission’s oceanfront setback rule in order to construct a beach access site with parking and a bathhouse at the Tom Doe Beach Access Site. The bathhouse and associated septic system would be seaward of the erosion setback for this property.
Adopted a resolution in support of future and continued funding of the Waterfront Access and Marine Industry Fund.
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