Coastal Resources Commission members, during their in-person meeting Sept. 21, are expected to hear a permit variance and hold public hearings for other rules currently in development.
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The Beaufort Citizens Alliance had nominated the Gibbs Creek watershed as a coastal complex natural area of environmental concern.
As potential development looms, some Beaufort residents are asking the Coastal Resources Commission to extend protections for Gibbs Creek watershed in North River.
“Comprehensive Land Use Planning in Coastal North Carolina — Guidance for Local Governments,” is available on the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality Division of Coastal Management website.
The state Coastal Resources Commission took separate actions last week to clarify two persistent issues: septic systems on the public beach, and residential flooding.
The commission meets Wednesday in Manteo and is likely to consider permitting for floating upweller systems, or FLUPSYs, at private docks and permitted marinas.
The Brunswick County town has been granted a variance to use hay and pine straw bales as an alternative to sand fencing at six areas on the eastern end of the island.
Proposed changes would tighten permitting for the repair, replacement and relocation of wastewater treatment systems and septic tanks.
The Coastal Resources Commission approved changes allowing floating upweller systems to be permitted at a private docking facility or permitted marina.
A rule approved in September deleted an exception that would allow homes of up to 2,000 square feet to be built in areas where the new erosion rate-based setbacks would prevent construction of new houses.
The Coastal Resources Commission wants more feedback before changing language covering exposed and damaged septic systems for oceanfront houses on erosion-prone beaches.
Changes to other coastal management rules had removed a key provision while the recently approved shoreline development rules were still being considered.
The Coastal Resources Commission will require shellfish farmers to go through the variance process to build floating structures in their lease areas.
The Coastal Resources Commission Thursday directed Division of Coastal Management staff to craft proposed amendments to address issues associated with houses on the public beach as a result of erosion.
A Sunset Beach homeowners association now has the go-ahead — with conditions — to add to a sandbag wall, after the Division of Coastal Management denied a permit last year.
The state Coastal Resources Commission meets June 8 by web conference to consider a variance request to add oversize sandbags to an existing revetment in a 10-lot Sunset Beach subdivision.