allen 2The N.C. Coastal Resources Commission yesterday bestowed its highest honor, the Eure-Gardner award, on former Special Deputy Attorney General Allen Jernigan, who retired May 1 from the Office of the Attorney General. The award was presented by CRC Chairman Bob Emory at a commission meeting in Beaufort. During his 30-year career, Jernigan represented the state and the commission in many important coastal cases, including protecting state ownership of submerged lands, enforcing the state’s Dredge and Fill law, and protecting the public’s rights against attempts to privatize the dry-sand beach.

The Eure-Gardner award is bestowed on those individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to protecting the natural, cultural and economic resources of the coastal area. It is named for Thomas Eure, the first chairman of the CRC, and William Gardner, a long-time member and former chairman of the Coastal Resources Advisory Council. This is the eighth time the Eure-Gardner has been awarded since 1984.

Photo: Allen Jernigan (l) accepts the Eure-Gardner Award from CRC chair Bob Emory

The N.C. Coastal Resources Commission will meet May 9 in Beaufort, N.C., to discuss beach and inlet management, rule development proposals and other relevant coastal issues.

The commission will meet from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the NOAA/NERR Administration Building, 101 Pivers Island Rd., Beaufort. 

The following are some of the items on the CRC’s agenda:

  • Local Issues Forum – The CRC will hear presentations on coastal issues relevant to the area.
  • Beach Management Issues – The commission will hear an update on the Carteret County Beach Commission and an update on beach and inlet management activities.
  • CRC Science Panel – N.C. Division of Coastal Management staff will discuss a draft charge from the commission to the science panel and review the science panel member nominations process.
  • CRC Rule Development – The CRC will discuss proposed changes to the Coastal Area Management Act and Dredge and Fill Law regarding notifications; amendments to the wetland, stream and buffer mitigation permit; and amendments to the CAMA general permit for maintenance, repair and construction of boat ramps; and adopt rule amendments related to the CAMA Minor Permit program.
  • Land Use Plan Amendment Certification – The CRC will consider certification of a land use plan amendment for Swansboro, and will receive a status report on implementation of Nags Head’s land use plan.
  • Public Input and Comment – Members of the public may comment on CRC issues at noon.

The Coastal Resources Advisory Council, a group that provides the CRC with local government perspectives and technical advice, will meet during lunch at 12:15 p.m. in the Duke Marine Lab Dining Hall.

A full meeting agenda is posted on the N.C. Division of Coastal Management’s website.

Oceanfront property owners with beach and dune erosion caused by Hurricane Sandy will be able to obtain a Coastal Area Management Act emergency general permit to allow beach bulldozing for the reconstruction of primary and frontal dune systems. 

The emergency permit regulations speed up the authorization process for permit approval. The rules also waive permit fees for these projects. The permit does not eliminate the need to obtain any other required state, local or federal authorization.

Dee Freeman, secretary of the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources, activated the general permit today, for use in the Ocean and Inlet Hazard Areas of North Carolina’s eight oceanfront counties: Brunswick, Carteret, Currituck, Dare, Hyde, New Hanover, Onslow and Pender. Work authorized under the emergency general permits must be completed by Nov. 1, 2013.

The permit may be used only to authorize beach bulldozing for the reconstruction of primary and frontal dune systems.

The Division of Coastal Management will open an emergency field office on the Outer Banks next week to assist property owners with these and other Coastal Area Management Act permits for Hurricane Sandy recovery.

On Nov. 5, the division will open an office at the Pitt Center, 6 Skyline Road, Southern Shores, N.C. Office hours will be from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. The phone number is 252-261-8281.

If you would like to apply for the emergency general permit, here’s how you can help Coastal Management review your request as quickly as possible: 

  1. Please make your request in person at the N.C. Division of Coastal Management office that covers your county: Pitt Center, 6 Skyline Road, Southern Shores (temporary office);1367 U.S. 17 South, Elizabeth City (Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Dare, Gates, Pasquotank and Perquimans counties); 400 Commerce Ave., Morehead City (Carteret, Craven and Pamlico counties, and the White Oak River bank in Onslow County); 943 Washington Square Mall, Washington (Beaufort, Bertie, Hertford, Hyde, Tyrrell and Washington counties); 127 Cardinal Drive Ext., Wilmington (Brunswick, New Hanover and Pender counties, Onslow County south of the New River, and Topsail Island).
  2. Bring with you a description of the extent of the proposed dune reconstruction, including dimensions and shoreline length. Pre- and post-storm pictures of the project are helpful.
  3. Provide your name, address, phone number and the project location. Include any detailed information that will be helpful, such as the state road number, the name of the water body and the name of the development.
  4. If you have had any other CAMA permit on your property, please tell the division. Those permits may contain information that will help staff in the N.C. Division of Coastal Management review your repair or replacement request.

 Property owners with questions should call their local N.C. Division of Coastal Management office: Elizabeth City, 252-264-3901; Morehead City, 252-808-2808 or 1-888-4RCOAST (1-888-472-6278); Washington, 252-946-6481; or Wilmington, 910-796-7215.

The Local Advisory Committee meeting for the Buxton Woods Coastal Reserve, scheduled for 3-5 p.m. today at the Buxton Fire Department on Highway 12 in Buxton, has been cancelled due to the closure of Highway 12 from effects of Hurricane Sandy.

The meeting will be rescheduled for a later date when conditions improve.

Posted by: ncdcm | October 24, 2012

CRC Science Panel to meet Oct. 29 in New Bern

The N.C. Coastal Resources Commission’s Science Panel on Coastal Hazards will meet Oct. 29 in New Bern.

The panel, which provides scientific advice to the state’s Coastal Resources Commission, will meet from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. in the conference room of the New Bern-Craven County Public Library, 400 Johnson St., New Bern. The meeting is open to the public.

The group’s agenda includes an overview and discussion of Session Law 2012-202 (House Bill 819), which directs the Coastal Resources Commission to further study sea-level rise in North Carolina, and deliver an update of the science panel’s 2010 Sea-Level Rise Assessment Report to the N.C. General Assembly by March 31, 2015.

The legislation also directs the Coastal Resources Commission to study the feasibility of eliminating the Inlet Hazard Area of Environmental Concern.

Posted by: ncdcm | October 16, 2012

Public Hearing Tomorrow on Temp. Rule 15A NCAC 07H .0306

As a result of passage of House Bill 819 and it subsequently becoming law (SL2012-202), the Coastal Resources Commission is required to adopt temporary rules allowing for the replacement of single-family or duplex residential structures that cannot meet the setback criteria of 15A NCAC 7H .0306(a)(2). SL2012-202 specifically targets single-family or duplex residential structures greater than 5,000 square feet, which are currently required to be set back from the first line of stable, natural vegetation 120 feet or 60 times the shoreline erosion rate, whichever is greater. In order to qualify for the exemption, the structure being replaced cannot exceed its original footprint or square footage, must meet a minimum setback of 60 feet or 30 times the erosion rate, whichever is greater, and must be located as far landward on the lot as feasible. The provision would only apply to single-family or duplex residential structures constructed prior to August 11, 2009.

A public hearing for this rule will be held Oct. 17 at 5 p.m., at the NC Division of Coastal Management Office, 400 Commerce Ave., Morehead City, NC. Written comments may be submitted to DCM Director Braxton Davis at Braxton.Davis@ncdenr.gov, or 400 Commerce Ave. Morehead City, NC 28557.

Following a thorough environmental review, the N.C. Division of Coastal Management has issued a Coastal Area Management Act major permit to the state Department of Transportation to construct a replacement for the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge in Dare County, and to demolish the existing bridge after the new structure is completed.

The permit was issued following a 30-day public comment period, and reviews by four federal and 10 state agencies.  

The Division of Coastal Management has worked closely with DOT and other state agencies throughout the planning and development process for this project. 

DOT plans to replace the existing 2.4-mile two-lane bridge over the Oregon Inlet and related approaches with a new 2.8-mile two-lane bridge and related approaches to the west of the existing bridge. The new bridge will be constructed parallel to the existing bridge. Construction is expected to begin in early 2013.

Posted by: ncdcm | September 13, 2012

DCM extends date to complete Hurricane Irene repairs

The Division of Coastal Management is allowing an additional 120 days to complete Hurricane Irene construction projects authorized under a CAMA Emergency General Permit. The emergency permit expired on Aug. 29, and all work was to have been completed by that date. However, DCM found that many property owners experienced construction delays due to difficulties in settling insurance claims or securing contractors,  and decided to extend the deadline to give property owners time to complete the permitted work.

 

Posted by: ncdcm | August 27, 2012

DCM’s Hurricane Irene response – one year later

Immediately after Hurricane Irene hit the North Carolina coast last year, DCM and the Dept. of Environment and Natural Resources activated a CAMA Emergency General Permit to help our neighbors rebuild storm-damaged coastal structures. 

Since then, the division has issued 967 Emergency General Permits, and also worked to help secure permits for projects that did not meet requirements for the emergency permit.

Emergency general permits speed up the authorization process for rebuilding structures that meet state standards, and also waive permit fees for those projects, as well as beach bulldozing and maintenance dredging of existing channels related to hurricane recovery.

Work authorized under the emergency permits must be completed this week, by Aug. 29.

The N.C. Coastal Resources Commission, or CRC, will meet Aug. 29-30 at the Sea Trail Golf Resort and Convention Center in Sunset Beach. The meeting will begin at 3 p.m. Aug. 29 and 8:30 a.m. Aug. 30. The meeting is open to the public.

The following are some of the items on the CRC’s agenda:

  • Sandbag Enforcement/Rule Amendments – The CRC’s Ocean Hazards Subcommittee will hear an update on sandbag enforcement prioritization and discuss previously proposed amendments to the commission’s sandbag rules.
  • Sea-Level Rise – N.C. Division of Coastal Management, or DCM, staff will discuss potential future division activities related to sea-level rise.
  • Adoption of Sea-Level Policy for Public Hearings – The CRC will consider approving a non-regulatory sea-level rise policy. The policy would be sent to public hearings before formal adoption.
  • Land Use Planning Process – DCM staff will present the recommendations of a land use planning guidelines review subcommittee.
  • Estuarine Shoreline Stabilization – DCM staff will discuss departmental efforts regarding estuarine shoreline stabilization.
  • CRC Rule Development – The CRC will consider a temporary rule for the replacement of certain oceanfront residential structures, pursuant to section 3 of House Bill 819.
  • Land Use Plan Certifications and Amendments – The CRC will consider land use plan certifications for Southern Shores and Pender County, and land use plan amendments for Swansboro, Jacksonville and Camden County.
  • Public Hearing – The CRC will hold a public hearing on a proposal to incorporate updated long-term average annual erosion rates into the state’s oceanfront development rules.
  • Public Input and Comment – People may comment on CRC issues at 11 a.m. Aug. 30.

 The Coastal Resources Advisory Council, a group that provides the CRC with local government perspectives and technical advice, will meet at 1 p.m. Aug. 29 at the Sea Trail Golf Resort and Convention Center.

A full meeting agenda is posted on the N.C. Division of Coastal Management’s website.

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