1. MINUTES of previous meeting.
** APPROVAL OF MINUTES.
2. PERMITS (Projects over
noobjections and with staff recommendation for approval.)
3. CLOSED SESSION.
4. DANIEL R. NEWTON, #03-1389. Commission review of the July 24, 2003, decision of the Accomack County Wetlands Board to approve the filling 6,000 square feet of vegetated wetlands along Chesconessex Creek in the Schooner Bay area of Accomack County. Continued from the October 7, 2003, Commission meeting.
5. CHARLES W. DAVIS, #03-1147. Commission review on appeal by 25 or more freeholders of the August 21, 2003, decision by the Essex County Wetlands Board to approve a permit to construct a community fishing pier, a launch ramp for personal watercraft and canoes, and a vinyl bulkhead at community property situated along Piscataway Creek.
6. VIRGINIA BEACH DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS, #03-0641, requests authorization to construct/undertake improvements to the Rudee Inlet infrastructure to reduce shoaling in the inlet, improve navigation and increase the efficiency of maintenance dredging operations.
7. MIKE ZWICKLBAUER, #03-1161, requests authorization to construct a 5-foot by 115-foot open-pile private pier with a 12-foot by 18-foot L-head and 30-feet of 5-foot catwalk; 30 feet of 2-foot catwalk; one 11-foot by 11-foot floating dock and to construct a 16-foot by 33-foot open-sided boathouse adjacent to his property situated along Fishers Creek, a tributary to the James River in the City of Newport News. The project is protested by one adjoining property owner and three nearby residents.
8. DARRON CONNER, #03-1409, requests authorization to construct a 40-foot long by 17-foot wide open-sided boathouse at a previously authorized pier adjacent to property situated along Back Creek in York County. The project is protested by an adjacent property owner.
9. PUBLIC COMMENTS
10. PUBLIC HEARING: Request to lower quota and adjust trip limits for the 2003/04 Spiny Dogfish fishery through amendments to Regulation 4 VAC 20-490-10 et seq., "pertaining to sharks".
11. Continued Discussion and Decision regarding proposed amendments to Regulation 4 VAC 20-950-10 et seq., "Pertaining to Black Sea Bass", to establish provisions for the 2004 commercial black sea bass fishery. A public hearing was held on October 7, 2003.
12. PUBLIC HEARING: A proposal to lower the minimum cull size from 3 inches to 2 1/2 inches, for oysters taken from clean cull areas or harvested from areas for direct consumption.
13. Continued Discussion and Decision regarding proposed amendments to Regulation 4 VAC 20-650-10, et seq., to establish the 2003/04 oyster harvest rules. Deferred from the October 7 Commission meeting.
14. Continued Discussion and Decision regarding an industry proposal to modify Regulation 4 VAC 20-720-10 et seq., "Pertaining to Restrictions on Oyster Harvest", to allow for oyster harvest on a rock below the Rappahannock River Bridge. Deferred from the October 7 Commission meeting.
PAGE 2 ITEMS (Projects over $50,000 with no objections and with staff recommendation for approval)
2A. BOXLEY MATERIALS CO., #03-1461, requests authorization to construct a 53-foot long by 25-foot wide bridge elevated ten (10) feet above the existing streambed of Jordan Creek at the Fieldale Plant located on route 684 in Henry County. Recommend a royalty of $225.00 for the encroachment over 450 square feet of State-owned subaqueous land at a rate of $0.50 per square foot.
2B. HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL, INC., #03-2074, requests authorization to maintenance dredge up to 40,000 cubic yards of State-owned subaqueous material adjacent to their pier and River Water Pump House intake location at their Honeywell plant in the City of Hopewell. Recommend a time-of-year restriction that no dredging be allowed from March 15 through June 30 of any year.
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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