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COMMISSION AGENDA FEBRUARY 25, 2003

1. MINUTES of previous meeting.

** APPROVAL OF MINUTES.

2. PERMITS (Projects over $50,000 with no objections and with staff recommendation for approval.)

3. EXECUTIVE SESSION.

4. YORK RIVER YACHT HAVEN ASSOCIATION, #02-2264, requests authorization to deploy 10,645 oyster aquaculture racks on a 28.39 acre oyster lease immediately east of the Sarah Creek entrance channel along the York River, between Quarter Point and Sarah Creek in Gloucester County. Each rack is designed to measure three (3) feet wide and six and one-half (-6.5) feet long and to extend three (3) feet above the substrate. Each rack, as well as the perimeter of the occupied area, is proposed to be marked. The project is protested by a working waterman.

5. CAROLYN DAY, #02-2242,
requests authorization to install approximately 148 linear feet of quarry stone riprap revetment in front of an existing timber bulkhead, the toe of which will be aligned eight (8) feet channelward of mean low water adjacent to her property situated along Dividing Creek in Northumberland County. The project is protested by both the adjacent property owners.

6. GEORGE WASHINGTON MEMORIAL PARKWAY, #03-0033,
requests authorization to install approximately 650 linear feet of riprap revetment to stabilize an eroding shoreline, remove an existing deteriorating boat ramp and install a dual lane concrete ramp and tending pier, and construct a replacement travel lift to provide water access for boats in dry storage as part of an overall renovation to the Washington Sailing Marina, situated along the Potomac River in the City of Alexandria. A wetlands permit is required.

7. THE GREEN ASSOCIATION, #00-0629, WILLIAM R. EVANS, #01-1526, KARL F. JORSS, JR., #01-1582,
request after-the-fact authorization to retain unauthorized pie structures which have been added to three (3) separate community piers located adjacent to The Green subdivision along Dead and Bones Cove of Carter Creek in Lancaster County.

8. PUBLIC COMMENTS:

9. PUBLIC HEARING:
Request of Virginia Seafood Council to deploy about one million triploid Suminoe oysters in Virginia waters.

10. PUBLIC HEARING:
Proposed amendments to Regulation 4 VAC 20-380-10 et seq., "Pertaining to Grey Trout," to incorporate the provisions of Amendment 4 to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan (bycatch allowances, gill net seasons, and recreational minimum size and possession limits.

11. PUBLIC HEARING:
Proposed amendments to Regulation 4 VAC 20-950-10 et seq., "Pertaining to Black Sea Bass," to establish a new minimum size limit (12 inches) and closed fishing seasons in 2003.

12. PUBLIC HEARING:
Proposed amendments to Regulation 4 VAC 20-530-10 et seq., "Pertaining to American Shad," to allow for the transfer of commercial permits for the harvest of American Shad in the Coastal Area.

13. PUBLIC HEARING:
Proposed amendments to Regulation 4 VAC 20-910-10 et seq., "Pertaining to Scup," to reduce the trip limit in the commercial fishery for the Winter I period.

14. PUBLIC HEARING:
Proposed amendments to Regulation 4 VAC 20-620-10 et seq., "Pertaining to Summer Flounder," to establish size, possession and seasonal limits for the 2003 recreational fishery.

15. PUBLIC HEARING:
Proposed amendments to Regulation 4 VAC 20-252-10 et eq., "Pertaining to the Taking of Striped Bass," to allocate the quota for the Coastal Area fishery.

16. PUBLIC HEARING:
Proposed amendments to Regulation 4 VAC 20-720-10 et seq., "Pertaining to Restrictions on Oyster Harvest," to allow the use of patent tongs on Deep Rock.

17.
Consideration of the 2003 Oyster Replenishment Plan and approval of procurement procedures.

18. REPEAT OFFENDERS


PAGE 2 ITEMS (Projects over $50,000 with no objections and with staff recommendation for approval)

2A. VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION, #00-2103, requests authorization to modify an existing permit to include the construction of a 792-foot long by 68-foot wide temporary causeway for access during construction of the new West Norfolk bridge in association with the Pinner's Point Interchange project along the Western Branch of the Elizabeth River in Portsmouth.

2B. VIRGINIA GAS PIPELINE CO., INC., #02-2430, requests authorization to cross McHenry Creek near Chilhowie in Smyth County with a buried, 24-inch diameter natural gas pipeline in association with the expansion of an existing gas pipeline between Saltville and Chilhowie. Recommend all work be done in the dry, strict adherence to erosion and sediment control measures and a royalty in the amount of $5.00 for the encroachment under 5 linear feet of State-owned subaqueous land at a rate of $1.00 per linear foot.

2C. RCV SEAFOOD CORPORATION, #02-2046, requests authorization to improve and construct mooring facilities and shoreline structures for an 18-unit waterfront, residential, condominium development to replace a commercial seafood processing plant located at the confluence of House Cove, Mulberry Creek and the Rappahannock River in Morattico, Lancaster County. The proposal includes maintenance dredging of 1,472 cubic yards of material to regain depths of minus four (-4) feet at mean low water, a 30-foot long by 14-foot wide concrete boat ramp, two (2) new five-foot (5) wide piers (35 feet and 28 feet in length), a 40-foot long by 10-foot wide pier extension, three (3) boat lifts and finger pier replacement to create eight (8) additional slips (18 slips total), 305 linear feet of new riprap, 290 linear feet of riprap repair, and 100 linear feet of replacement bulkhead. Recommend approval with our dredging conditions to include a pre-dredge conference and post-dredge survey and a dredging time-of-year restriction between April 1 and October 30 to avoid impacts to a nearby crab shedding facility. Also recommend a royalty in the amount of $512.30 for the encroachment over 665 square feet of State-owned subaqueous bottom at a rate of $0.50 per square foot (piers), the filling of 142 square feet at $1.00 per square foot (bulkhead) and the filling of 126 square feet at $0.30 per square foot (ramp).

2D. U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS, #98-0750, requests authorization to re-activate and extend their permit to place 40,000 cubic yards of sandy dredged material from the Whitings Creek Federal Navigation Project, as beach nourishment, along 3000 linear feet of shoreline, encroaching on 110,000 square feet of State-owned submerged land, immediately east of the Whitings Creek entrance channel in Middlesex County. 

2E. U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS, #02-0552, requests authorization to dispose of up to 600,000 cubic yards of material maintenance dredged from the York River Entrance Channel over a five year period, at the Wolf Trap (Alternate) Overboard Placement Area in the Chesapeake Bay, east of Mathews County. Staff recommends approval with a time of year restriction limiting disposal operations to the months of February - May and September - November.

2F. HENRICO COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC UTILITIES, #02-2308, requests authorization to install a 24-inch water main, by directional drill method, beneath Deep Run, a tributary to the James River in Henrico County.

2G. LAMBERTS POINT DOCKS, INC., VMRC #01-2199-10, requests a modification to their previously authorized dredge permit to allow for the additional dredging of 12,475 cubic yards of State-owned subaqueous bottom with maximum projects depths of minus thirty-three feet (-33') at mean low water between piers "L" and "S" adjacent to their property situated along the Elizabeth River in Norfolk.

2H. RICHMOND DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC UTILITIES, #02-1288, requests authorization to install two (2) miles of 36-inch water transmission main to include an 857-foot crossing of the James River in the City of Richmond and Henrico County. The applicant proposes to install the water transmission main by trench method to include rock blasting within cofferdams, with river access provided by the construction of temporary stone causeways with 60-inch bottomless culvert pipes at 50 feet on center intervals encroaching up to 55% of the way across the James River. Applicant is to remove the temporary causeways and restore the river to pre-construction conditions upon completion of the installation. 

2I. METRO MACHINE CORPORATION, #02-2433, requests authorization to mechanically dredge approximately 38,500 cubic yards of State-owned subaqueous bottom material to provide maximum project depths of -36 feet at slip #2 and -30 feet at slip #3 with a one (1) foot over-dredge tolerance at their facility situated along the Eastern Branch of the Elizabeth River in the City of Norfolk. Recommend a dredging royalty in the amount of $13,455.00 for the new dredging of 29,900 cubic yards of State-owned subaqueous bottom material at a rate of $0.45 per cubic yard.

2J. NORFOLK SHIPBUILDING AND DRYDOCK CORPORATION, #03-0256, requests authorization to enlarge two, existing concrete mooring dolphins measuring 30' by 18.8' to 44' by 28.8' to accommodate a floating dry-dock at their facility situated along the Southern Branch of the Elizabeth River in Norfolk. Recommend approval pending expiration of the public comment period and a royalty of $1,406.00 for the encroachment over 1,406 square feet of State-owned subaqueous bottom at a rate of $1.00 per square foot.

2K. JAMESTOWN 2007 CORRIDOR CONSTRUCTORS, LLC, #03-0012, request authorization to construct a temporary work bridge spanning 606 linear feet of State-owned subaqueous lands (19,290 square feet) and to construct a permanent highway bridge spanning 510 linear feet of State-owned subaqueous lands (22,935 square feet), both structures spanning College Creek, as part of the Route 199 highway widening project in James City County.

2L. ROUTE 28 CORRIDOR IMPROVEMENTS, LLC, #02-2417, requests authorization to remove an existing bridge and construct a new bridge spanning a 110 foot wide section of Broad Run, on State Route 625, approximately 4000 feet west of Route 28, in Loudoun County. The project also includes the addition of 5 utility lines, formerly attached beneath the old bridge, to be relocated on existing utility poles. The bridge replacement is a part of an overall improvement to the Route 28 Corridor.


VMRC DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE AGAINST INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES; THEREFORE, IF YOU ARE IN NEED OF REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS DUE TO A DISABILITY, PLEASE ADVISE KATHY LEONARD (757-247-2120) NO LATER THAN FIVE WORK DAYS PRIOR TO THE MEETING DATE AND IDENTIFY YOUR NEEDS.

FISHERY AGENDA ITEMS WILL BE CONSIDERED BY THE COMMISSION AT APPROXIMATELY 12:00 NOON AND WILL BE FOLLOWED WITH THE REMAINDER OF THE HABITAT PERMIT CASES.

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