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AGENDA SEPTEMBER 23, 2014

**APPROVAL OF AGENDA.  

1.  MINUTES of previous meeting.

2.  PERMITS (Projects over $500,000 with no objections and with staff recommendation for approval).

3.  CONSENT AGENDA ITEMS.

4.  CLOSED MEETING FOR CONSULTATION WITH, OR BRIEFING BY COUNSEL.

5. COTTAGE LINE CIVIC LEAGUE, #13-1899-D, NICHOLAS VANDERGRIFT, #13-1809-D, JUDITH SWYSTUN ET AL., #13-1808-D, CATHERINE McCOY,  #13-1803-D, CATHERINE McCOY, #13-1804-D, THOMAS AND THELMA DRAKE, #13-1799-D.  Commission review on appeal by 52 freeholders of the June 11, 2014, decision by the Norfolk Wetlands Board to approve the above-referenced applications in modified form with special conditions, to include excavating sand from the dune as proposed or to a minimum height of 14 feet, and relocating the excavated sand channelward of the existing dune face along the Ocean View shoreline adjacent to the Chesapeake Bay.  Continued from the July 22, 2014, Commission meeting.

6. VIRGINIA ELECTRIC AND POWER CO., #14-0760, requests authorization to conduct a shoreline stabilization project in Priority Areas 2 and 3 and the South Dike Area adjacent to their facility at 2701 Vepco Street situated along the Southern Branch of the Elizabeth River in the City of Chesapeake.  The project requires a Wetlands permit.

7. VIRGINIA ELECTRIC AND POWER CO., #14-1019, requests authorization to conduct upgrades to existing transmission lines, to include the installation of new steel pole support structures along Lines 46 and 74, in the vicinity of 2701 Vepco Street situated along a canal to Deep Creek in the City of Chesapeake.  The project requires a Wetlands permit. 

8. JAMES W. SPEEGLE, JR., #14-0997, requests authorization to construct a 512 square
foot open-sided boathouse adjacent to an existing private pier at his property at
1118 Wormley Creek Drive, situated along the West Branch of Wormley Creek in York County.  The project is protested by an adjacent property owner.
 
9. PUBLIC COMMENT:

10. REPEAT OFFENDERS:

11. FAILURE TO REPORT: Cases involving failure to report commercial harvests, in accordance with Chapter 4 VAC 20-610-10 et seq., “Pertaining to Commercial Fishing and Mandatory Harvest Reporting.”

12. PUBLIC HEARING: Proposed adoption of previous emergency amendments to Chapter 4 VAC 20-751-10 et seq., “Pertaining to the Setting and Mesh Size of Gill Nets” modifying gill net tending requirements on the ocean side of Accomack and Northampton Counties and restricting the use of agents in the Assateague Island Small-Mesh Gill Net Area.

13. PUBLIC HEARING:  Amendments Chapter 4 VAC 20-490-10 et seq., “Pertaining to Sharks” to raise spiny dogfish trip limits and modify the definition of small mesh gill nets and large mesh gill nets.

14. REQUEST FOR PUBLIC HEARING: Proposed amendments to Chapter 4 VAC 20-910-10 et seq. “Pertaining to Scup (Porgy),” to increase the possession limit for scup, during the Winter II Period (November 1 through December 31), from 8,000 pounds to 18,000 pounds.

15. REQUEST FOR PUBLIC HEARING:  Proposed amendments to Chapter 4 VAC 20-1090-10- et seq., "Pertaining to Licensing Requirements and License Fees,' to increase saltwater recreational license fees to ensure continuation of core recreational programs.

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2A. DOMINION TERMINAL ASSOCIATES, LLP, #14-1144, requests authorization to hydraulically or mechanically dredge up to 166,750 cubic yards of State-owned subaqueous material, and to subsequently maintenance dredge up to 80,000 cubic yards per two-year dredging cycle, to attain and maintain depths of 57 feet at mean low water adjacent to the Dominion Terminals Associates Pier 11 facility located along the James River at 600 Harbor Road in the City of Newport News. All dredge material will be placed in the Corps of Engineers Craney Island Dredged Material Management Area. Staff recommends approval of the project with a royalty assessment of $75,037.50 for the dredging of 166,750 cubic yards of State-owned subaqueous material at a rate of $0.45 per cubic yard.

2B. NEWPORT NEWS DEPARTMENT OF ENGINEERING, #14-0130, requests authorization to modify an existing permit to replace the James River Fishing Pier by extending the length of the proposed pier by an additional 1,713 linear feet over what was previously authorized.  The total length of the proposed pier is now 2,969 linear feet, of which 2,903 feet will be channelward of mean low water, along the James River immediately upstream of the Route 17 James River Bridge in the City of Newport News.

2C. AMERICAN INFRASTRUCTURE-VA, INC., #14-1195, requests authorization to construct a 78-foot wide by 85-foot long 4-lane clearspan bridge across Flatlick Branch, with 169 linear feet of riprap scour protection, to facilitate construction of the Walney Road Bridge Replacement and Road Widening Project in the Chantilly area of Fairfax County.   Permittee shall execute a transfer of this permit to the Virginia Department of Transportation upon their acceptance of the structure(s) authorized herein.

2D. CHERRY POINT PROPERTY OWNERS, ET AL , #14-0111, requests authorization to install a precast concrete bio-engineered artificial reef extending 100 feet channelward of mean low water along the Painkatank River adjacent to Lot 7A1 on Old Cherry Point Road in Mathews County.  The proposed artificial reef is located on Additional Public Ground defined in 28.2-643 of the Virginia Code.


 

VMRC DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE AGAINST INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES; THEREFORE, IF YOU ARE IN NEED OF REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS DUE TO A DISABILITY, PLEASE ADVISE JANE MCCROSKEY (757-247-2215) 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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