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COMMISSION AGENDA MARCH 23, 2004

1. MINUTES of previous meeting.

** APPROVAL OF AGENDA.

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

3.    CLOSED SESSION.

4.    WAYNE SAWYER, #02-2440.  Commission consideration of Mr. Sawyer's request to construct a 200-foot long pier, a portion of which includes a 16-foot wide by 75-foot long floating dock, adjacent to his property situated along a cove of Linkhorn Bay in Virginia Beach, and Mr. Sawyer's request for Commission consideration of the Commissioner's direction to initiate the process to establish a private pier line in the cove before final action can be taken on the pier request.  Several nearby property owners protest the project.

5.    VOLVO-PENTA PROPERTIES, INC., #03-2365,
requests authorization to remove 3,379 square feet of fixed, open-pile pier to be replaced with 4,365 square feet of floating pier, and to install nine (9) mooring piles, reducing the existing 26 slips to 15 slips at the applicant's boat testing facility situated along Chuckatuck Creek in the City of Suffolk.  The project is protested by two adjoining property owners.

6.    JAMES W. WYNE, ET AL, #03-1113,
requests authorization to dredge 748 cubic yards of subaqueous material to create a 600-foot long by 33-foot wide channel with maximum depths of minus six (-6) feet at mean low water into Ewell's Prong of White House Creek in Lancaster County.  The sandy material will be removed by clamshell and transported to a previously approved upland site off Route 354 in Bertrand.  Two nearby residents protest the project.

7.    JOSEPH M. DUFRESNE, #03-2105,
requests authorization to replace an A-frame, enclosed boat house with a 336 square-foot, open-sided flat roof/deck with railings and stairs, resulting in platforms at the pier end totaling 830 square feet, at his property situated along Broad Bay in Virginia Beach.

8.    BAY BRIDGE ENTERPRISES, #04-0286,
requests after-the-fact authorization to retain 200 linear feet of bulkhead adjacent to property situated along the Southern Branch of the Elizabeth River in Chesapeake and to dredge 1,407 cubic yards of material. 


9.    CHARLES BROWN, #03-1250,
requests after-the-fact authorization to retain a 32-foot long by 18-foot wide private, open-sided boathouse at a previously authorized pier adjacent to property situated along Roberts Creek in Poquoson.  The project is protested by the adjacent property owners.

10.    PUBLIC COMMENTS

11.    Haul Seine/SAV Interactions: 
Review of the 2002/2003 database and report from Dr. Bob Orth, VIMS.
 
12.    Public Hearing: 
Proposed amendments to Regulation 4VAC20-950-10 et seq. (black sea bass)  and Regulation 4VAC20-910-10 et seq. (scup).

13.    Public Hearing: 
Proposed amendments to Regulation 4VAC20-620-10 et seq. to establish recreational summer flounder harvest restrictions for 2004.

14.    Blue Crab:  Discussion and request for public hearing
on regulatory amendments to extend the license sales moratorium, to modify the crab dredge limited entry program, adjust sponge crab restrictions and other issues.

15.    Discussion on exemptions for limited entry programs.

16.    Black Drum:  Requests for limited entry fishery permits.



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

2A.    DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY, #04-0072, requests authorization to install on an annual basis up to 12 temporary floating causeways that will extend approximately 1,200 feet into the Chesapeake Bay from the Fort Story Base in Virginia Beach.

2B.    DON KLIMKIEWICZ, #03-2601, requests authorization to install a second, uncovered boat lift and construct an 8' x 24' floating dock with access ramp at the channelward end of an existing 136' long private, open-pile pier, resulting in platforms at the pier end totaling 886 square feet, at his property situated along the Eastern Branch of the Lynnhaven River in Virginia Beach.  Recommend approval pending expiration of the public comment period.

2C.    LAFARGE NORTH AMERICA, #03-2531,  requests authorization to dredge approximately 11,800 cubic yards maintenance material and 9,600 cubic yards of new material from State-owned submerged lands, by clamshell method, to maximum depths of -37 feet below mean low water, and to maintenance dredge on an as-needed basis, at the offloading basin at their facility situated along the Southern Branch of the Elizabeth River in Chesapeake.  Staff recommends a royalty of $0.45 per cubic yard for the portion of the project that represents new dredging.

2D.    PAUL BICKFORD, JR., #03-2082, requests authorization to expand an existing private pier with the addition of 35 square feet of decking and a 51/2-foot by 8-foot deck area to square off a flared pierhead, an 8-foot by 10-foot deck area and two 6-foot wide finger piers around a proposed boathouse, resulting in platforms at the pier end totaling 872 square feet, adjacent to his property situated along the Hampton River in Hampton.

2E.    MARINE RESOURCES COMMISSION, #04-0293.  The Fisheries Management Division requests authorization to construct a 415-acre public artificial fishing reef centered at 37( 37'16" North Latitude, 76( 14' 08" West Longitude in Chesapeake Bay, approximately 1.45 nautical miles north of Windmill Point Light in Lancaster County.  The site will consist of suitable rubble, prefabricated concrete units and steel hulled vessels and will provide a minimum clearance of 15 feet at mean low tide.

2F.    CITY OF ROANOKE, #03-2643, requests authorization to install 85 linear feet of concrete-encased sewer line under the Roanoke River in Roanoke.  Staff recommends standard instream construction conditions.

2G.    TOWN OF SMITHFIELD, ET AL, #04-0022, requests authorization to install, by directional method, a 16-inch water line a minimum of ten (10) feet below the creek bottom of Cypress Creek, a tributary to the Pagan River, within VDOT's right-of-way along U.S. 10 Bypass in the town of Smithfield, Isle of Wight County.

 
2H.    MICHAEL KIRSCH, ET AL, #03-1836, requests authorization to dredge 1,848 cubic yards of State-owned submerged lands from a 95-foot long by 120-foot wide boat basin and a 673-foot long by 25-foot wide access channel adjacent to their properties situated along the Western Branch of the Elizabeth River in Portsmouth.  Materials will be disposed of at the Craney Island Disposal Facility.  Staff recommends a royalty of $0.45 per cubic yard for the new dredging.

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 (757-247-2200) NO LATER THAN FIVE WORK DAYS PRIOR TO THE MEETING DATE AND IDENTIFY YOUR NEEDS.

FISHERY MANAGEMENT ITEMS WILL IMMEDIATELY FOLLOW THE HABITAT MANAGEMENT PROJECTS ON THIS AGENDA.

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