2012 CRC Actions

CRC Actions from February 2012

At its February 2012 meeing, the CRC:

  • Granted a variance to Robert Patrikios of Dare County, who sought a variance from the CRC’s 30-foot coastal shoreline buffer rules in order to construct a roof over an existing deck on his property in Avon, N.C.  The variance was granted with the condition that the existing stormwater collection system for the property be permanently maintained.
  • Granted a variance to Atlantic Telephone Membership Corporation, Inc. of Brunswick County, who sought relief from the commission’s oceanfront setback rules in order to install a new buried fiber-optic cable line within the right-of-way of Caswell Beach Rd. from eastern Oak Island to the eastern end of Caswell Beach.
  • Granted a variance to Kenneth and Marian Gardner of Carteret County, who sought relief from the commission’s standards for development in areas that have received a static line exception in order to construct additions to an existing structure in Emerald Isle, N.C. The additions would be seaward of the landward-most adjacent neighbor, which is not allowed by the static line exception standards.
  • Voted to send the draft Sea Level Rise Policy to committee for further discussion.
  • Certified the Pasquotank County/Elizabeth City Joint Land Use Plan.
  • Approved the Fiscal Analysis for 15A NCAC 7H .0304(1)(a) AEC Within Ocean Hazard Areas (Erosion Rates).

CRC Actions from April 2012

At its April 2012 meeing, the CRC:

  • In the case of Teague, Snead and Raynor v. DCM, adopted the staff’s proposed revisions to the Findings of Fact in the December 19, 2011 Decision of the Administrative Law Judge which was entered in the consolidated contested cases filed in the Office of Administrative Hearings and numbered 10 EHR 4673, 4674, and 4689; found that the findings of fact as written are clearly contrary to the preponderance of the admissible evidence even after giving due regard to the ALJ’s opportunity to evaluate the credibility of the witnesses; and adopted the revised findings of fact for the detailed reasons set forth in staff’s written argument and based on the preponderance of the admissible evidence in the record.
  • Granted a variance to Gail Duncan of Brunswick County, who sought relief from the commission’s ¼-width rule for piers in order to construct a pier, boat lift, gazebo and floating dock in the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. The pier would extend approximately one-third of the width of the water body.

CRC Actions - May 24, 2012 Conference Call

During a May 24, 2012 Conference Call, the CRC:

  • Granted a variance to the Topsail Reef Homeowners Association, who sought relief from the commission’s sandbag rules in order to to construct sandbag revetments that exceed the dimensions, bag size and location permitted by the commission’s rules. The CRC’s rules limit sandbag structures to six feet in height and 20 feet in base width. The variance request seeks authorization to construct revetments up to 12 feet high, with a base width of between 40 feet and 45 feet.  The commission’s rules also limit placement of sandbag structures to a maximum of 20 feet waterward of threatened structures. The variance seeks the commission’s permission to place the sandbags as much as 29 feet waterward of the structures. The homeowners association also seeks a variance from other technical issues related to the methods of installing the sandbags. The variance was granted for buildings #1-5 only.

CRC Actions from June 2012

At its June 2012 meeting, the CRC:

  • Granted a variance to George and Michelle Weber of Emerald Isle, who sought relief from the commission’s static vegetation line exception rule in order to construct a roof on an existing oceanfront deck. The development would be seaward of the landward-most adjacent structure.
  • Certified a land use plan amendment for New Hanover County.
  • Certified a land use plan amendment for the Town of North Topsail Beach.
  • Certified a land use plan amendment for the Town of Swansboro.
  • Certified a land use plan amendment for Pamlico County.
  • Voted to accept the amended draft sea level rise policy, as recommended by the Ocean and Estuarine Systems subcommittee.
  • Voted to withdraw proposed rule 15A NCAC 7K .0214 - Installation & Maintenance of Regulatory Signs.

CRC Actions from August 2012

At its August 2012 meeting, the CRC:

  • Approved for public hearing amendments to 15A NCAC 7H .0308(a)(2) &15A NCAC 7H .1705 – Sandbags (CRC-12-27), which would extend the time limit for sandbag structures from five to eight years in communities actively seeking a beach nourishment or inlet relocation project. The amendments would also remove the once-per-property restriction on sandbags.
  • Approved for public hearing 15A NCAC 7M .1300 Sea-Level Rise Policy & Fiscal Analysis. 
  • Approved for public hearing temporary rules for 15A NCAC 7H .0306 – Replacement of Single Family or Duplex Residential Dwellings, which allows for the repair or replacement of single-family or duplex residential structures constructed prior to Aug. 11, 2009, that are greater than 5,000 square feet in total floor area, and that do not meet the current oceanfront setback requirements.
  • Voted to approve the 2012 Coastal Habitat Protection Plan Annual Report.
  • Certified a land use plan for the town of Southern Shores.
  • Certified a land use plan update for Pender County.
  • Certified land use plan amendments for Swansboro, Jacksonville and Camden County.

CRC Actions from November 2012

At its November 2012 meeting, the CRC:

  • Denied a variance request from Habour Village Yacht Club, who sought relief from the commission’s 30-foot buffer rule in order to extend an existing 192-square-foot deck. The proposed addition would exceed the maximum amount of decking (200 square feet) allowed within the 30-foot buffer.
  • Approved a variance request from the N.C. Dept. of Transportation, who sought relief from the commission’s rules governing the size limits of sandbag revetments, in order to build a larger sandbag structure to protect a portion of N.C. Hwy. 12 in Dare County.
  • Approved a land use plan amendment for Brunswick County.
  • Adopted temporary rules for 7H .0306 temporary rules – Replacement of Single Family or Duplex Residential Dwellings.
  • Approved for public hearing permanent rules and fiscal analysis for 15A NCAC 7H .0306 – Replacement of Single Family or Duplex Residential Dwellings, which allows for the repair or replacement of single-family or duplex residential structures constructed prior to Aug. 11, 2009, that are greater than 5,000 square feet in total floor area, and that do not meet the current oceanfront setback requirements.
  • Approved for public hearing amendments to 15A NCAC 7I .0401 & .0406 and Fiscal Analysis – Minor Permit Program.
  • Adopted 7H .0304(1)(a) AECs Within Ocean Hazard Areas – Erosion Rates.