May 3, 2010
Contact: Michele Walker, 919-733-2293, ext. 229
Notice of Proposed Changes to the North Carolina Coastal Management Program
RALEIGH –As required by law, the North Carolina Coastal Resources Commission is notifying federal officials of proposed regulatory changes to the state’s Coastal Management Program.
The commission’s notification went to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Such notification is required by federal Coastal Zone Management Act regulations.
The Coastal Zone Management Act requires state Coastal Zone Management Programs to formally incorporate changes made to the laws, rules and policies that are used for federal consistency. These changes have already been made to each regulation, and the purpose of this action is to incorporate these changes into the N.C. Coastal Management Program.
These changes are considered to be routine program changes, and do not significantly affect the uses subject to management, special management areas, boundaries, authorities and organization or coordination, public involvement and national interest components of the North Carolina Coastal Resources Management Program. The policies will be incorporated into the state program upon approval of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
The CRC has updated the following rules and considers this action a routine change to the state's approved coastal management program. The CRC is requesting concurrence with this finding from the Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management, or OCRM. OCRM will review the following changes to ensure they do not constitute an amendment as described in 15 CRF §923.80:
15A NCAC 7H.0306 General Use Standards for Ocean Hazard Areas
Ties oceanfront setbacks to the size of the structure, not use. The revisions include graduated setback factors for buildings greater than 5,000 square feet and preclude oceanward cantilevering.
15A NCAC 7J.1200 Static Vegetation Line Exception Procedures
Creates procedures for local jurisdictions to apply to the CRC for static line exceptions in conjunction with long-term beach fill projects.
The public comment period for this change is May 1-21. Comments on these proposed changes should be submitted in writing directly to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration by May 21, 2010by e-mail to Sarah.vanderSchalie@noaa.gov or at the following address: Ms. Sarah van der Schalie, Coastal Programs Division, Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management, N/ORM 10th floor SSMC4, 1305 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD, 20910.
Complete copies of the rules may be obtained from the Division of Coastal Management website at http://portal.ncdenr.org/c/document_library/get_file?uuid=5e97aaed-f4ae-4148-8fb6-645eda904eed&groupId=38319, by contacting Mike Lopazanski, who works with the N.C. Division of Coastal Management, at 400 Commerce Ave., Morehead City, or (252)808-2808.