2013 CRC Actions CRC Actions from February 2013 Granted a variance request from Entrust Freedom, LLC, who sought relief from the commission’s 30-foot buffer rule in order to construct a single-family home in Holden Beach. Granted a variance request from Jonathan Gindes, who sought relief from the commission’s oceanfront setback rules in order to reinstall a floor system in a two-story open area on the oceanward side of petitioner’s single-family home in North Topsail Beach. Granted a variance to Allis Holdings, LLC, who sought relief from the commission’s 30-foot buffer rule in order to construct additions to an existing restaurant in Duck, including a wooden pergola and elevated deck. Certified a Workbook Land Use for the Town of Cedar Point. Approved for public hearing amendments to 15A NCAC 7H .0312 Sediment Criteria and Fiscal Analysis Approved amendments to 15A NCAC 7H .0308(a)(2) & 15A NCAC 7H .1705 – Sandbags Approved a Sea-Level Rise Scope of Work for the CRC Science Panel on Coastal Hazards, for use in updating the panel’s 2010 Sea-Level Rise Report, as required by S.L. 2012-202. Approved a scope of work for the CRC Science Panel to use as it evaluates the state’s existing and proposed Inlet Hazard Areas, as required by S.L. 2012-202. CRC Actions from May 2013 Adopted amendments to 15A NCAC 7I .0401 &7I .0406 Minor Permit Program. The amendments would make some technical corrections to the rules. Approved for public hearing amendments to 7H .2600 Wetland, Stream and Buffer Mitigation Permit, to expand this general permit authorization to cover projects undertaken by private sector organizations. Approved for public hearing amendments to 7H .1300 GP to Maintain, Repair and Construct Boat Ramps Expanded Activities in order to simplify the permitting process and reduce the costs for applicants seeking to construct non-commercial boat ramps and associated structures. The amendments would alleviate the need to apply for three separate general permits for each of the associated structures. Directed staff to clarify options that might be available to address a clarity issue in 15A 7J .0210 Replacement of Existing Structures, regarding whether a dwelling and its associated septic tank should be treated as one structure or two structures with regard to the CRC’s repair/replacement rule. – get motion from Angela Certified a land use plan amendment for the Town of Swansboro. Adopted a charge from the CRC to the Science Panel on Coastal Hazards. The charge focuses on a consensus-based approach and reiterates that the panel is tasked with working on projects either assigned by the CRC or projects requested by the panel and approved by the CRC. It also covers panel membership, member appointment procedures and officer elections. Approved a proposed nominations process for new Science Panel members. Accepted as nominees the 11 current members of the Science Panel who would like to continue to serve on the panel, and forwarded the nominees to the CRC Executive Committee for action. CRC Actions from July 2013 Adopted amendments to 15A NCAC 7H .0312 Technical Standards for Beach Fill Projects, which would reduce sampling requirements for certain beach nourishment projects. Adopted permanent rule amendments for 15 A NCAC 7H .0306(a)(2) General Use Standards for Ocean Hazard Areas – Single Family/Duplex Structures Setback, 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. The rule change was required by S.L. 2012-202. Approved for public hearing amendments to the 7H.1200 GP to Construct Piers and Docking Facilities. The amendment modifies the General Permit so that boats stored on platforms (floating or fixed) shall not count as docking spaces. Approved for public hearing amendments to 15A NCAC 7H .0312 Technical Standards for Beach Fill Projects, which would make some additional changes to sampling protocols for borrow sites associated with beach fill projects. CRC Actions from November 2013 Voted to release the Cape Fear AEC Feasibility Study draft report for public comment, including a note reflecting that the draft report does not convey any official position of the CRC. Voted to approve amendments to CRC operating procedures per Chairman Gorham’s recommendations. Elected Renee Cahoon vice chair of the Coastal Resources Commission. Voted to approve the chairman’s recommendations for executive committee members. December 2013 CRC Actions Adopted revisions to the CRC Internal Operating Procedures. Voted to adopt Chairman Gorham’s proposal to study all developed inlets as a response to the Cape Fear River AEC study. Granted a variance to NNP IV Cape Fear River LLC, who requested relief from the CRC’s ¼-width rule for piers to allow an increased pier length of one-third of the width of the waterbody in order to reach deeper water. Granted a variance to the City of Jacksonville, who sought relief from the CRC’s rules regarding dredging in Primary Nursery Areas in order to construct a public boating access area. The variance was granted on the condition that the boat ramp across the river be removed once construction of the new access is complete. Approved the Fiscal Analysis for 15A NCAC 7H .0312 Technical Standards for Beach Fill Projects. Approved the Fiscal Analysis for 15A NCAC 7H .1300 – Maintain, Repair and Construct Boat Ramps. Approved the Fiscal Analysis for 15A NCAC 7H .1200 GP for Construction of Piers and Docking Facilities. Certified a Land Use Plan Amendment for the Town of Swansboro. Certified a Land Use Plan Amendment for the Town of Nags Head.