State coastal commission will meet on Nov. 7 and 8 in Atlantic Beach

Raleigh, NC

The North Carolina Coastal Resources Commission will meet in Atlantic Beach next week to provide new commissioners with an overview of the state’s coastal program, consider amendments to rules on erosion control and other coastal issues.

The commission plans to meet Nov. 7 and 8 at the Hilton Double Tree, 2717 W. Fort Macon Road in Atlantic Beach. The meeting will begin at 1 p.m. Nov. 7. The meeting is open to the public.

Items on the commission’s agenda include:

  • New commissioner orientation – An orientation session will be provided for new and current commissioners on the operating and variance procedures of the commission as well as an overview of the state’s coastal program.
  • Variances – The commission will hear one request for a variance from its rules.
  • Beach and inlet management – The commission will hear a presentation on Carolina Beach’s inlet maintenance project and consider a development line request by Kure Beach for the siting of oceanfront development.
  • Public access – Researchers from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington will present an evaluation of the state’s Public Beach and Coastal Waterfront Access Program.
  • Land use plans – The commission will consider amendments and updates to land use plans for Swansboro and Ocean Isle Beach.
  • Coastal habitat protection – The commission will consider approval of the Coastal Habitat Protection Plan’s implementation for 2018 through 2020.
  • Rule development – Amendments to rules will be discussed related to temporary erosion control, stormwater, single family residences, free standing moorings, land use planning and development lines.
  • Shellfish aquaculture – The commission will hear an overview of shellfish aquaculture efforts, including the state’s shellfish leasing program and shellfish mariculture plan.

The Coastal Resources Advisory Council, a group that advises the state Coastal Resources Commission, will meet at 10 a.m. Nov. 7 at the Hilton Double Tree, 2717 W. Fort Macon Road in Atlantic Beach. A full meeting agenda is posted online at: https://deq.nc.gov/november-2017-meeting-agenda. Times indicated on the agenda for individual items are subject to change.

The Coastal Resources Commission establishes policies for the state’s coastal management program and adopts rules regarding coastal development in North Carolina.

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