N.C. Coastal Resources Commission will meet April 29-30 in Manteo

Raleigh

RALEIGH – The N.C. Coastal Resources Commission, or CRC, will discuss sea-level rise, oceanfront setbacks and sandbag use, among other issues, at a meeting next week in Manteo.

The CRC will meet at 10:30 a.m. April 29 and 9 a.m. April 30 at the Dare County Government Complex,954 Marshall C. Collins Dr., in Manteo, N.C. The meeting is open to the public.

Items on the CRC’s agenda include:

· Sea-Level Rise Report Update –Science Panel Chair Dr. Margery Overton will update the commission on the 2015 sea-level rise draft report.

· Public Comment on Sea -Level Rise Report 2015 Update – Members of the public may comment on the Science Panel’s draft Sea-Level Rise Report at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday.

· Overview of Public Trust Doctrine – Dr. Dave Owens, UNC School of Government, will give an overview of Public Trust Law in North Carolina, and Division of Coastal Management counsel Christine Goebel will review relevant North Carolina case law.

· CRC Rule Development The commission will consider draft rule language for alternatives to its current static vegetation line rules, and draft rule language related todevelopment of a State Ports Inlet Management Area of Environmental Concern. The CRC will also consider adoption of amendments to15A NCAC 7H .1500 GP for Excavation of Upland Basins, which would streamline permits associated with upland boat basins.

· Static Line Exception Reauthorizations – The CRC will consider requests to reauthorize the existing static line exceptions for the towns of Atlantic Beach, Pine Knoll Shores, Indian Beach and Emerald Isle.

· Sandbag Use Coastal Management staff will discuss the use of sandbags as they relate to beach fill projects, and the potential use of geo-textile sandbags for temporary erosion control on the oceanfront.

· Variances – The CRC will hear two requests for variances from its rules.

· Public Hearing Members of the public may comment on proposed amendments to 15A NCAC 7H .0304 AECs Within Ocean Hazard Areas, which would eliminate the High Hazard Flood Area of Environmental Concern.

· Public Input and Comment – Members of the public may comment on CRC issues at 11:45 a.m. Thursday.

The Coastal Resources Advisory Council will meet at 9 a.m. April 29 at the Dare County Government Complex.

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

The Coastal Resources Commission establishes policies for the N.C. Coastal Management program and adopts rules and policies regarding coastal development within areas of environmental concern.

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