Tuesday, February 5, 2013

N.C. Coastal Resources Commission will meet Feb. 6-7 in Wilmington

N.C. Coastal Resources Commission will meet Feb. 6-7 in Wilmington



 RALEIGH – The N.C. Coastal Resources Commission will meet Feb. 6-7 in Room 162 of the UNC-Wilmington Education Building. The meeting in Wilmington will begin at 1 p.m. Feb. 6 and 9 a.m. Feb. 7. The meeting is open to the public.
The following are some of the items on the CRC’s agenda:
· Public Hearing –The CRC will hold a public hearing on rule amendments to rules relating to the Minor Permit Program, which would formally increase the amount of travel reimbursement paid to local governments for participation in annual training sessions and also change a reference to the Minor Permit cost to make it consistent with the current fee structure. 
· Local Issues Forum –The CRC will hear presentations on coastal issues relevant to the Wilmington area.
· Beach Management Issues– The commission will hear an update on the New Hanover County Beach Commission and the status of beach nourishment projects in the county. The Commission also will discuss financial instruments related to terminal groin projects.
· CRC Science Panel –Staff with the N.C.Division of Coastal Management staff will review the origins of the CRC Science Panel on Coastal Hazards and present a draft charge from the commission to the science panel. The charge focuses on a consensus-based approach to issues and covers member appointment procedures and officer elections.
· CRC Rule Development –The CRC willhear public comment summaries and consider approving a proposal to extend the time limit for sandbag structures from five to eight years if the structure is located in a community actively pursuing beach nourishment, inlet relocation, or other long-term solutions, and also to remove the one-time-only restriction for sandbags provided the property becomes imminently threatened again, and is located in a community actively pursuing beach nourishment, inlet relocation, or other long-term solutions. The commission will also consider approving for public hearing an amendment to its sediment criteria rules.
· Land Use Plan Certification –The CRC will consider certification of a workbook land use plan for the Town of Cedar Point.
· Variances –The CRC will consider three requests for variances from its rules.
· Public Input and Comment –Members of the public may comment on CRC issues at noon Feb. 7.

The Coastal Resources Advisory Council, a group that provides the CRC with local government perspectives and technical advice, will meet at 1 p.m. Feb. 6 in Room 162 of the Education Building at UNC-Wilmington.

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

The Coastal Resources Commission establishes policies for the N.C. Coastal Management Program and adopts rules and policies regarding dredging as well as coastal development within areas of environmental concern. The commission also certifies local land-use plans.

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