2016 CRC Actions

November 2016 Action:

  • Granted a variance to Water's Edge Homeowners' Association, Inc. in Pender County to allow dredging to -3.9 feel MLW in nine existing slips on the AIWW.
  • Adopted amendments to 15A NCAC 7H .0306 to allow for the replacement of oceanfront commercial and multi-family residential structures up to 10,000 square feet provided that the structure was constructed prior to August 2009; does not exceed the original footprint or square footage; cannot meet the current oceanfront setback; meets the minimum oceanfront setback of 60 feet; and is rebuilt as far landward on the lot as feasible.
  • Approved the fiscal analysis for 15A NCAC 7H .0308, 7H .1704, and 7H .1705 (temporary erosion control structures) for public hearing.
  • Approved the fiscal analysis for amendments to Subchapter 7L (Planning and Management Grant Program) for public hearing.
  • Approved amendments to 15A NCAC 7H .0306 (General Use Standards for Ocean Hazard Areas) and 7J .1301 (Development Line Procedures) for public hearing.
  • Approved amendments to 7H .2200 (General Permit for Construction of Freestanding Moorings in Estuarine Waters and Public Trust Areas and Ocean Hazard Areas) for public hearing.
  • Certified the New Hanover County Comprehensive Land Use Plan.

September 2016 Actions:

  • Granted a variance to Nicholas Nixon from the quarter width rules for a docking facility on the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway in Wilmington.
  • Granted a variance to the Division of Parks and Recreation from the ocean erosion setback rules in order to develop shade structures at Fort Fisher State Recreation Area in Kure Beach.
  • Granted a variance to Coastal Yacht Hangar, LLC from the pier length and width rules to construct a marina in Jarrett Bay Marine Park on the shores of Core Creek, Carteret County.
  • Granted a variance to the Town of North Topsail Beach to allow geotextile tubes to remain in place until May 1, 2017. The CRC conditioned the approval on the stipulation by the Town that no sand or sandbags could be placed on any uncompromised portion of the tubes.
  • Approved amendments to 15A NCAC Subchapter 7L “Planning and Management Grant Program” for public hearing.
  • Approved maps, as presented by the Division of Coastal Management, for the boundaries of the State Port Inlet AEC for Caswell Beach, the Village of Bald Head Island and Beaufort Inlet.
  • Approved draft rule language for the State Port Inlet AEC (15A NCAC 7H .0304, 7H .0309, and 7H .0313) for public hearing.
  • Appointed Kathleen Riely to the Coastal Resources Advisory Council.
  • Approved the Development Line for the Town of Oak Island subject to map amendment approval by the Division of Coastal Management.
  • Approved the Development Line for the Town of Carolina Beach.

July 2016 Actions:

  • Granted a variance from the oceanfront setback rules to Mark and Kellyanne Engel for an oceanfront lot on the west end of the Town of Oak Island to deck over a hole in an existing deck. This variance was conditioned upon the work being completed within two months of receiving the final order.
  • Granted a variance from the oceanfront setback rules to Mark Davenport in order to reconstruct a home lost to a fire on the west end of the Town of Oak Island.
  • Granted a variance from the 30-foot buffer rule to Sidney Wade to construct a sunroom on the waterward side of his home in Sneads Ferry. This variance was conditioned upon the standard stormwater management conditions.
  • Granted a variance to exceed the sandbag size requirements to Kay Picha in Ocean Isle Beach. This variance was conditioned upon the petitioner removing the bags if there is a failure or they fall out of alignment or into navigable waters.
  • Approved the initial classification of the DEQ’s Subchapter 15A NCAC 7O rules governing management of the NC Coastal Reserves. This classification is required as part of the Legislative Periodic Review of Existing Rules process.
  • Approved the fiscal analysis for 15A NCAC 7H .0306 (General Use Standards for Ocean Hazard Areas) Grandfathering Provisions for public hearing.
  • Adopted amendments to the Beach Bulldozing General Permit (15A NCAC 7H .1801, 7H .1802, 7H .1804, 7H .1805) and Emergency General Permit (15A NCAC 7H .2505).
  • Adopted amendments to 15A NCAC 7H .0205 (Coastal Wetlands).
  • Adopted the 2017 CRC meeting schedule. (Feb. 7-8, April 26-27, Sept. 27-28, Nov. 7-8) A conference call will be held on July 11th to hear  variances only.
  • Approved the Science Panel’s Scope of Work for Inlet Shoreline Change Rate Methodology.
  • Sandbags –  The CRC approved amendments to its rules governing the use of sandbags for temporary erosion control structures that include retaining the one-time per structure provision and definition for a local government or community to be considered “actively pursuing” a beach nourishment, inlet relocation or stabilization project.

May 2016 Actions:

  • Adopted amendments to 15A NCAC 07H .0304 (Ocean Erodible AEC) that altered the formula used to calculate the width of the Ocean Erodible Area for consistency with the setback factors found in 15A NCAC 07H .0306 and to delete utilization of an outdated dune recession that is no longer necessary due to FEMA incorporation of dune recession into the National Flood Insurance Program V-Zones. 

Feb. 2016 Actions

  • Approved a variance request from Dowell Gray, Jr. of Onslow County, who sought relief from the commission’s rules regarding impervious surface limits in order to construct a single-family residence in North Topsail Beach. The development would not meet the 25% allowable impervious surface limit for lots in the Outstanding Resource Waters Area of Environmental Concern.
  • Approved a variance request from SCS Ventures LLC, who sought relief from the commission’s one-quarter width rule and “rate to deep water” rule for piers in order to extend an existing pier to one-third the width of the Cape Fear River.
  • Adopted an update to the Coastal Habitat Protection Plan.
  • Accepted the Science Panel’s 2015 Sea-Level Rise Report.
  • Adopted replacement language for amendments to 7H .0306 to expand the oceanfront setback grandfathering privilege to multi-family residential structures over 5,000 square feet. The change would allow the grandfathering privilege for all structures up to 10,000 square feet, regardless of use.
  • Adopted development line rule amendments (15A NCAC 7H .0305; 7H .0306; 7J .1201; 7J .1301; 7J .1302; 7J .1303), which would allow oceanfront communities to establish a “development line” for oceanfront construction.
  • Approved a Fiscal Analysis for amendments to the General Permit for beach bulldozing to allow post-storm beach bulldozing seaward of the mean high water mark in the Ocean Hazard AEC.
  • Approved a Fiscal Analysis for amendments to 15A NCAC 7H .2700 GP for the Construction of Marsh Sills.
  • Approved a Fiscal Analysis for amendments to 15A NCAC 7H .0205 Coastal Wetlands. 
  • Approved a land use plan amendment for the Town of Emerald Isle.
  • Certified a land use plan for Perquimans/Hertford/Winfall.
  • Certified a land use plan for Bertie County.
  • Adopted a resolution to encourage the Dept. of Environmental Quality to request that the N.C. General Assembly pass legislation to amend the Coastal Area Management Act to delegate certification authority for local CAMA land use plans to the department.
  • Adopted 15A NCAC 7L Local Planning & Management Grant Program amendments.
  • Adopted temporary rules for the use of sandbag structures for amendments to 15A NCAC 7H .0308 Specific Use Standards for Ocean Hazard Areas; 15A NCAC 7H .1704 General Permit for Emergency Work – General Conditions; and 7H .1705 Specific Conditions.