State coastal commission will meet Feb 9-10 in Atlantic Beach

The North Carolina Coastal Resources Commission will meet Feb. 9-10 at the Hilton Doubletree in Atlantic Beach. The meeting is open to the public.
Items on the commission’s agenda include:
  • Rule Development –The commission will discuss potential rule amendments that could allow multi-family oceanfront structures to be rebuilt closer to the ocean. The commission will also discuss recommendations from its advisory council for possible revisions to rules governing sandbag structures.
  • Variances – The commission will hear two requests for variances from its rules.
  • Sea-Leve Rise Report Update –State coastal agency staff will provide an update on the commission’s Science Panel’s response to public comments received on the draft 2015 update to the panel’s Sea-Level Rise Report.
  • Coastal Habitat Protection Plan – The commission will hear an update on public comments received on the updated Coastal Habitat Protection Plan.
  • Land Use Plan Certifications– The commission will consider certification of land use plans for Bertie County and Perquimans County/Hertford/Winfall, and an amendment to the land use plan for the Town of Emerald Isle. The commission will also consider a resolution to delegate land use plan certification authority to the state coastal management agency.
  • Action Items –The commission will consider adoption of the following rule amendments: Development Line Rule, Local Planning and Management Grant Program Amendments, and Sandbag Temporary Rules.
  • Public Hearing – At 1:30 p.m. Feb. 10, members of the public may comment on a proposed rule amendment to change the formula used to calculate the width of the Ocean Erodible Area of Environmental Concern.
  • Public Input and Comment –Members of the public may comment on commission issues at 11:45 a.m. Feb. 10.
The Coastal Resources Advisory Council, a group that advises the Coastal Resources Commission, will meet at 4:15 p.m. Feb. 9 at the Hilton Doubletree.
A full meeting agenda is posted online at 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 and policies regarding coastal development in North Carolina.

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