The North Carolina Coastal Resources Commission, when it meets at 9 a.m. Feb.10 in Beaufort, is expected to consider a request from the North Carolina Department of Transportation for a variance from coastal regulations that would allow the department to install a sandbag structure near a portion of N.C. 12 in the Rodanthe area.
The request is one of a number of items the commission is expected to address when it meets at the Beaufort Hotel at 2440 Lennoxville Road.
The Coastal Resources Advisory Council is to meet the day before at 3 p.m. Feb. 9. Both meetings are open to the public. To reduce the spread of COVID-19, all attendees should wear a mask and maintain social distance during the meeting.
A public input and comment period is scheduled for noon Feb. 10. At the chair’s discretion, comments may be limited to three minutes per person.
NCDOT owns the N.C. 12 right-of-way in the Rodanthe area. Construction is expected to be completed in the next few months on the “jug-handle” bridge, a 2.4-mile bridge that bypasses a vulnerable area known as the S-curves at the southern end of the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge.
NCDOT plans to redirect N.C. 12 traffic via the new bridge and remove existing roadway from the refuge. South of the refuge, NCDOT proposes to develop a turnaround area for traffic to continue to access north Rodanthe up to this dead-end and build a sandbag structure perpendicular to the highway to protect the new dead-end turnaround area.
The state Division of Coastal Management on Oct. 25, 2021, denied NCDOT’s permit application based on its inconsistency with the commission’s oceanfront setback rules and rules regarding the orientation, size and color of sandbags. NCDOT needs a variance from those rules approved by the commission in order to develop the turnaround and new sandbag structure as proposed.
A full meeting agenda and briefing materials can be found on the CRC website. Times indicated on the agenda for individual items are subject to change.
Other agenda items include the following:
- Consider of a variance request regarding an oceanfront setback in Atlantic Beach.
- Hear an update regarding floating structures associated with shellfish leases.
- Hold public hearings for amendments to beach management plans, shoreline access polices, structural boat covers, and general permit for beach bulldozing.
- Consider a petition for rulemaking regarding altering coastal wetlands.
- Hear an update on the Division of Coastal Management’s estuarine shoreline strategy.
- Consider allowing use of hay bales as sand fencing.
- Consider a fiscal analysis of CAMA land use plan enforceable polices.