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Public Notice:  Proposed Regulations, October 2017

NOTICE

The Virginia Marine Resources Commission invites public comment on the establishment of a general permit regulation, as proposed below. By October 6, 2017, the proposed draft regulation may be viewed at the Virginia Marine Resources Commission, 2600 Washington Avenue, Newport News, Virginia.

In accordance with Section 28.2-103 and 28.2-104.1 of the Code of Virginia, a public hearing on the proposed regulation will be held beginning at 9:30 a.m., on Tuesday, October 24, 2017, at the Virginia Marine Resources Commission, 2600 Washington Avenue, Newport News, Virginia. Public comments on the proposals should be provided to Robert Neikirk, VMRC Habitat Management Division, 2600 Washington Avenue, 3rd Floor, Newport News, Virginia 23607, by 12:00 p.m., Monday, October 23, 2017.

I. Chapter 4 VAC 20-1330-10 et seq., “Living Shoreline Group 2 General Permit For Certain Living Shoreline Treatments Involving Submerged Lands, Tidal Wetlands, Or Coastal Primary Sand Dunes and Beaches”

The proposed general permit regulation describes the qualifications, procedures and manner of registration to qualify for a general permit for certain activities involving submerged lands, tidal wetlands or sand dunes and beaches requiring authorization from the Marine Resources Commission or a local wetlands board or both. The regulation is intended to support the Commonwealth’s stated goal to encourage the use of living shoreline techniques as the preferred alternative for stabilizing tidal shorelines and the habitat restoration and resiliency goals of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement.

The purpose of this general permit is to provide a streamlined permitting process as an incentive to encourage property owners to utilize a living shoreline approach as appropriate, to manage shoreline erosion, and promote the planting and growth of tidal wetland vegetation and sand dunes and beaches to restore or enhance ecosystem services. The techniques and conditions contained in this general permit are designed to limit the applicability of the permit to situations where the projects are most likely to be successful, and so as to limit the potential for adverse impacts on the environment and adjoining or nearby properties.

Proposed wording of regulation here.

VMRC DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE AGAINST INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES; THEREFORE, IF YOU ARE IN NEED OF REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS BECAUSE OF A DISABILITY, PLEASE ADVISE MATT HULL (757-247-2214) NO LATER THAN FIVE WORK DAYS PRIOR TO THE MEETING DATE AND IDENTIFY YOUR NEEDS.

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