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 MEETING FOR CONSULTATION WITH OR BRIEFING BY COUNSEL.
4. MARIA NGUYEN, #04-1709. Commission review, on appeal by the applicant, of the August 15, 2005, decision by the City of Virginia Beach Wetlands Board to deny a proposal to construct a residence on her property along the Atlantic Ocean in the Sandbridge section of Virginia Beach.
5. THE HERMITAGE FOUNDATION, #05-0630, requests authorization to install two (2) breakwaters and fill 3,300 square feet of state-owned submerged land to create a tidal wetland area adjacent to their property situated along the Lafayette River in Norfolk. The project is protested by several residents in the vicinity.
6. ROBERT QUINN, #05-0283, requests authorization to remove an existing 5-foot wide by 75-foot long pier; and to construct a new, 5-foot wide commercial/community pier, extending approximately 115 feet channelward of mean low water, with a 10-foot wide by 30-foot long T-head platform, eight (8) wet slips, two (2) three-foot wide by 12-foot long tapered finger piers, and 10 freestanding mooring piles; with approximately 48 linear feet of the landward end of the main pier section constructed eight feet wide to accommodate crab-shedding tanks, adjacent to an existing crab-shedding house on his property situated along Nomini Creek in Westmoreland County. The project is protested by several nearby property owners.
7. CHESAPEAKE REALTY VENTURES, LLC, #04-2516, requests authorization to construct one (1) community pier adjacent to their property along Monroe Bay to serve the proposed development of Monroe Point in the Town of Colonial Beach. The pier will extend a maximum of 217 feet channelward of mean low water and provide a total of 94 boat slips with lifts. In addition to the pier, authorization is requested for the construction of a 6-foot wide timber walkway that will extend over a 10-foot section of Monroe Bay to be used as an access walkway and observation trail. The project is protested by an adjacent property owner and a nearby resident.
8. SIDNEY G. ARMSWORTHY #05-0633, requests authorization to construct and backfill 209 linear feet of replacement bulkhead aligned a maximum of 2 feet channelward of his existing, deteriorating timber bulkhead at his property adjacent to Cockrell Creek in Northumberland County. The project is protested by an upstream neighbor.
9. F. CRAIG READ, #04-2365, requests authorization to construct a 12.5-foot by 36-foot private, non-commercial open-sided boathouse adjacent to a previously authorized pier adjacent to his property situated along Lamb's Creek in York County. The project is protested by an adjacent property owner.
10. ELEANOR BRAUN, ET AL, #05-1296, requests after-the-fact authorization to widen a shared-use pier from its 4-foot width to a 6-foot width, and authorization to increase the size of a pierhead to 20 feet by 22 feet and construct a new 4-foot by 36-foot finger pier that will extend a total of 226 feet channelward of mean high water at their easement situated along Robinson Creek in Middlesex County. The project is protested by the adjoining property owners.
11. MORAN TOWING, #05-0399, requests authorization to install two commercial mooring buoys adjacent to their property situated along the Eastern Branch of the Elizabeth River in Norfolk. The project is protested by several residents in the vicinity.
12. J.C. WALKER BROS. INC., #04-1874, requests authorization to modify their existing permit for shellfish aquaculture, to increase the number of shellfish cages in an already permitted area in Occohannock Creek from 100 cages to 1,000 cages and to increase the size of the cages from two-feet wide by two-feet long to 5.3-feet wide by 3-feet long. The height will remain two feet. The project is protested by a nearby property owner.
13. ARBUCKLE SHELLFISH COMPANY, #04-031S, requests authorization to lease approximately ten (10) acres of oyster planting ground along Assateague Channel near Little Beach in the Town of Chincoteague, Accomack County. The project is protested by the Town of Chincoteague and nearby property owners.
14. DISCUSSION regarding Michael Jewett's compliance with the Commission's January 25, 2005, restoration order.
15. DISCUSSION: Consideration of changes to the Commission's Subaqueous Guidelines. Request for Public Hearing.
16. PUBLIC COMMENTS
17. PUBLIC HEARING: Proposed amendments to Regulation 4 VAC 20-720-10 et seq., "Pertaining to Restrictions on Oyster Harvest," to establish the public oyster season for 2005-2006.
18. PUBLIC HEARING: Proposed amendments to Regulation 4 VAC 20-310-10 et seq., "Pertaining to the Relaying of Shellfish," to exempt shellfish seed stock from certain condemned shellfish relay provisions.
19. STRIPED BASS: Request for emergency amendment to Regulation 4 VAC 20-252-10 et seq., "Pertaining to Striped Bass," to allow possession of fish tagged for research purposes by the Virginia Institute of Marine Science.
20. BLACK SEA BASS: Review of industry requests for amendments to Regulation 4 VAC 20-950-10 et seq., "Pertaining to Black Sea Bass."
21. STRIPED BASS: Review of recommendations of the Striped Bass Management Ad hoc Committee and the Finfish Management Advisory Committee.
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 MANAGEMENT ITEMS WILL IMMEDIATELY FOLLOW THE HABITAT MANAGEMENT PROJECTS ON THIS AGENDA.