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COMMISSION AGENDA DECEMBER 17, 2002

1. MINUTES of previous meeting.

** APPROVAL OF MINUTES.

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

3. EAST TENNESSEE NATURAL GAS, #01-2113, requests authorization to install a total of 29 gas pipeline crossings under 25 jurisdictional, State-owned subaqueous stream and river beds in five counties in southwestern Virginia associated with the proposed Patriot Project. The pipeline expansion and extension project will traverse Smyth, Wythe, Carroll, Patrick, and Henry Counties and is protested by numerous residents along the proposed route from Tennessee to North Carolina. Continued from the December 3, 2002 public hearing held in Patrick County.

4. PORT MYERS, LLC, #02-1631. Commission review on appeal by 25 freeholders of the November 13, 2002, decision by the York County Wetlands Board to authorize a community pier over wetlands situated along Chisman Creek.

5. BEACH DRIVE ASSOCIATION, #00-1823, requests after-the-fact authorization to retain previously constructed and unauthorized structures to include a 5-foot by 65-foot open-pile community pier with a 5-foot by 10-foot 7-inch L-head, and a 10-foot by 143.5-foot wood boat ramp, of which 45 feet extends channelward of mean low water within and adjacent to the Rappahannock River in Essex County. 

6. COURTLAND FARM-LOUDOUN LLC, #02-1387, requests authorization to install, by the directional bore method, a 4-inch diameter, encased sanitary sewer force main pipeline, a minimum of 15 feet beneath a 150-foot wide section of Goose Creek, approximately 4,000 feet downstream of the Route 15 bridge crossing in Loudoun County. Citizens of Loudoun County protest the project.

7. RAMONA H. EDDINS, #02-1031, requests authorization to dredge an existing pool on an as-needed basis, by removing an estimated 25 cubic yards of State-owned submerged lands annually to maintain depths of minus seven (-7) feet below ordinary high water, adjacent to her property situated along the Conway River at the boundary of Green and Madison Counties. An adjacent property owner protests the project.

8. PUBLIC COMMENTS:

9. STRIPED BASS: Adoption of 2003 Regulation 4 VAC 20-252-10 et seq., "Pertaining to the Taking of Striped Bass," for the Coastal Area.

10. BLACK SEA BASS: Adoption of 2003 Regulation 4 VAC 20-950-10 et seq., "Pertaining to Black Sea Bass".

11. PUBLIC HEARING: Consideration of 2003 Regulations for Red Drum.

12. PUBLIC HEARING: Consideration of proposed regulation to reduce effort in the American Shad Coastal Intercept Fishery.

13. PUBLIC HEARING: Consideration of proposed Regulation to open the Temple's Bay Hand Scrape area to oystering.

14. PUBLIC HEARING: Consideration of proposed Regulation to increase the weight limit on oyster dredges from 100 pounds to 150 pounds.

15. Report of the Hard Clam Aquaculture task force

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

2A. ARMY TRANSPORTATION CENTER, 02-0377, requests authorization to construct a 48-foot wide by 1,045-foot long three-lane highway bridge, for additional road access to Fort Eustis Military Reservation, a portion of which will impact 15,600 square feet of State-owned subaqueous lands of the Warwick River in the City of Newport News. Additionally, the applicant is requesting authorization to construct a 33-foot wide construction bridge, which will result in the temporary impacts of 10,735 square feet of State-owned subaqueous lands. The temporary bridge is to be removed and the area restored to pre-construction conditions upon completion of the permanent bridge.

2B. MARINE HYDRAULICS, INC., #02-0877, requests a modification to widen by 30 feet a previously authorized dredged mooring basin, resulting in a dredged area of 1,390 feet long and 450 feet wide. Proposed depths in the basin will remain the same as the originally approved depth of -39 feet below mean low water Staff recommends an additional royalty in the amount of $25,722.00 for additional dredging of 57,160 cubic yards of material at a rate of $0.45 per cubic yard.

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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