4. CLOSED MEETING FOR CONSULTATION WITH, OR BRIEFING BY, COUNSEL.
5.CHARLES ALLEN, #16-1896 Requests authorization to construct a 450-square foot deck addition, a 80-foot long by 5-foot wide tending pier, and relocate an existing boat lift on to an existing 70-foot long private noncommercial pier, adjacent to property situated along Lower Machodoc Creek at 2130 South Tidwells Road in Westmoreland County. The pier is protested by the oyster ground leaseholder and a nearby property owner.
6.THOMAS H. JAMES III, Oyster Planting Ground Application #2015-207 Requests authorization to lease 125 acres of Oyster Planting Ground in the Chesapeake Bay south of Smith Beach in Northampton County. The project is protested by adjacent property owners.
7.SCOTT GRIFFITH, Oyster Planting Ground Application #2014-079 Requests authorization to lease approximately 15 acres of oyster planting grounds within the Western Branch Corrotoman River in Lancaster County. The application is protested by numerous nearby highland property owners.
8.ANDREW MILES COCKRELL and ANDREW DANDRIDGE COCKRELL, Oyster Planting Ground Application #2014-297 Request authorization to lease 36.0 acres within Whays Creek in Northumberland County. The application is protested by a number of highland property owners in the area.
9.REQUEST FOR PUBLIC HEARING Update to Chapter 4 VAC 20-120-10 ET SEQ. "Pertaining to the Promulgation of a Public Notice on Applications to Encroach In, On, or Over Subaqueous Lands of the Commonwealth."
10.DISCUSSION Commission consideration of submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) guidance for criteria defining SAV beds and delineating areas where there is potential for SAV restoration.
13.PUBLIC HEARING Proposal to amend Chapter 4 VAC 20-720-10 et seq., "Pertaining to Restrictions on Oyster Harvest," to establish the 2017-2018 areas of public harvest, public oyster harvest seasons, and management measures.
14.DISCUSSION Overview of VMRC Artificial Reef Program.
15.DISCUSSION Overview of VMRC Biological Sampling Program.
A.NORFOLK SOUTHERN, #17-0873 Requests authorization to modify a previously authorized permit (#11-0102) to maintenance dredge, on an as-needed basis, up to 35,000 cubic yards of State-owned subaqueous material per dredge cycle, to maintain maximum depths of -53 feet at mean low water on either side of Pier 6 and -38 feet at mean low water on the south side of Pier 5, at the Norfolk Southern facility at Lamberts Point located along the Elizabeth River in Norfolk.
FISHERY MANAGEMENT ITEMS WILL IMMEDIATELY FOLLOW THE HABITAT MANAGEMENT PROJECTS ON THIS AGENDA.