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COMMISSION AGENDA APRIL 27, 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.    RAPPAHANNOCK RIVER PRESERVATION SOCIETY, #03-1649, requests authorization to install a 2,800-foot long by 1,000-foot wide concrete debris oyster reef in the James River near the Monitor-Merrimac Memorial Bridge Tunnel in Newport News.

5.    JOSEPH GUBELI, III, #02-2155, requests authorization to construct a private, noncommercial pier extending 300 feet channelward of mean high water with an 18-foot by 32-foot open-sided boathouse adjacent to his property situated along the Piankatank River in Gloucester County.  The project is protested by the adjoining property owners.

6.    VULCAN CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS, LP, #03-2110, requests authorization to construct and backfill a 30-foot by 40-foot pre-cast piling bulkhead to replace an existing truck body hopper; replace 12 mooring dolphins; and to add 634 linear feet of riprap revetment along the James River shoreline at their Richmond Quarry and Lower Dock facilities in the City of Richmond.   Both subaqueous and wetlands permits are required.  The project is protested by the City of Richmond.

7.    ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS, #04-0269, requests authorization to hydraulically place up to 100,000 cubic yards of dredged material, per dredge cycle, from the Swash Bay Federal Navigation Channel in Accomack County, on a previously used 23-acre site in Swash Bay involving State-owned non-vegetated wetlands and submerged lands. Both wetlands and subaqueous permits are required.

8.    DON WILLIAMS, #03-2368, requests after-the-fact authorization to retain a 48-foot long by 3-foot wide storage shed and an 8-foot by 8-foot rooftop cupola at his property situated along Willoughby Bay in Norfolk.

9.    JULES A. FREEMAN REVOCABLE TRUST, #04-0545, requests after-the-fact authorization to retain 76 linear feet of timber bulkhead and to install an additional 82 linear feet of bulkhead adjacent to their property situated along Willoughby Bay in Norfolk.

10.    PUBLIC COMMENTS

11.    Public Hearing: Pertaining to crab regulations 4VAC20-270,370,670,750, and 1040 to establish 2004 crab harvest rules.

12.    Spiny Dogfish: Request for emergency regulation to adjust 2004 trip limits.


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

2A.    HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL, INC., #04-0314, requests authorization to install and backfill up to 140 linear feet of steel sheetpile bulkhead aligned up to two (2) feet channelward of an existing deteriorated bulkhead at the Honeywell Plant river pumphouse intake along the James River in the City of Hopewell.  Recommend a royalty of $560.00 for the encroachment over 280 square feet of State-owned subaqueous bottomland at a rate of $2.00 per square foot.

2B.    DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY, #04-0071, requests authorization to install, on an annual basis, and up to 12 times per year, temporary  floating causeways that will extend approximately 1,200 feet into the James River, which will necessitate the excavation of both intertidal and subaqueous lands (up to 592 cubic yards per exercise) to facilitate the causeway installation as part of military training along the Anzio Beach area of the U. S. Army Transportation Center, Fort Eustis in the City of Newport News.  The excavated area will be  restored to original contours after each exercise.

2C.    ROUTE 28 CORRIDOR IMPROVEMENTS, INC., #04-0021, requests authorization to remove the existing bridge over Beaverdam Run, a tributary of Broad Run, and construct a new four-lane bridge in its place in Loudoun County.  The new bridge will be 141 feet wide and span a maximum length of 60 feet of water, precluding the necessity of in-stream piers, and remain approximately 20 feet above ordinary high water.  An overhead electrical line will cross a minimum of 15 feet above ordinary high water and two underground utilities, a fiber optic line and a gas line, will be installed by directional drilling a minimum of five (5) feet below the streambed.  Access into the stream may be necessary to remove the sections of the existing bridge. 

2D.    BLUE RIDGE PASSAGE RESORT, #01-2171, requests authorization to reconstruct the Cockram Mill Dam to be 20 feet high by 150-feet long to create a 7.02 acre impoundment known as Cockram Millpond located on the Dan River at Meadows of Dan in Patrick County.  Recommend approval with standard instream conditions and time-of-year restrictions from October 31 - May 15 to protect Brown and Rainbow Trout spawning.  Recommend a royalty of $2,000.00 for the filling of 1,000 square feet of State-owned bottom at a rate of $2.00 per square foot.

2E.    GLOUCESTER BANKS ASSOC., #03-2548, requests authorization to rebuild their 600-foot community pier with the addition of a 165-foot by 5-foot lower platform and to construct two (2) 100-foot by 16-foot riprap breakwaters with 1500 cubic yards of sand, placed landward of the breakwaters, as beach nourishment adjacent to their property situated along the York River in Gloucester County.  Staff recommends approval with a condition that the material for the beach nourishment must be comprised of at least 90 percent sand and with the assessment of a royalty of $750.00 for the encroachment of the beach nourishment on 15,000 square feet of state-owned submerged land at a rate of $0.05 per square foot.

2F.    MARINE RESOURCES COMMISSION, #03-2585.  The Fisheries Management Division requests authorization to construct an intertidal oyster reef (E-11) measuring 400 feet long by 40 feet wide with maximum heights of approximately 6 feet off the bottom, constructed of oyster and clam shell, with endpoints at 36° 47' 55" N Latitude 76° 17' 54" W Longitude and 37° 47' 54" N Latitude and 76° 17' 57" W Longitude located in Paradise Creek in Portsmouth.  The proposed reef is to be marked in accordance with U.S. Coast Guard requirements.

2G.    MARINE RESOURCES COMMISSION, #03-2586.  The Fisheries Management Division requests authorization to construct an intertidal oyster reef (E-12) measuring 150 feet long by 40 feet wide with maximum heights of approximately 6 feet off the bottom, constructed of oyster and clam shell, with endpoints at 36° 48' 36" N Latitude 76° 17' 16" W Longitude and 36° 48' 37" N Latitude 76° 17' 16" W Longitude located in Southern Branch of the Elizabeth River in Chesapeake.  The proposed reef is to be marked in accordance with U.S. Coast Guard requirements.

2H.    MARINE RESOURCES COMMISSION, #03-2587.  The Fisheries Management Division requests authorization to construct an intertidal oyster reef  (E-13) measuring 400 feet long by 60 feet wide with maximum heights of approximately 6 feet off the bottom, constructed of oyster and clam shell, with endpoints at 36° 44' 43" N Latitude 76° 17' 54" W Longitude and 36° 44' 45" N Latitude and 76° 17' 54" W Longitude located in Southern Branch of the Elizabeth River in Chesapeake.  The proposed reef is to be marked in accordance with U.S. Coast Guard requirements.

2I.    DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY, #03-1659, requests authorization to install 16 mooring piles and construct a dual-slip boathouse, boat ramp, new bulkhead, and dredge to -22 feet below mean low water adjacent to property situated along the Elizabeth River in Norfolk.

2J.    CITY OF NORFOLK, #04-0356, requests authorization to nourish 1300 linear feet of shoreline from 14th Street to Ocean View Park.  The beach will extend a maximum of 150 feet channelward of mean low water adjacent to the property situated along the Chesapeake Bay.

2K.    MARINE RESOURCES COMMISSION, #97-1807.  The Fisheries Management Division requests reactivation and extension of a previously issued and modified permit to construct, a circular, artificial reef that maintains a 12-foot clearance between the reef structures and mean low water in conjunction with a 72-acre hard clam broodstock sanctuary site within a 1,000-foot radius around Newport News Middle Ground Light in Hampton Roads.

2L.    MARINE RESOURCES COMMISSION, #00-1837.  The Fisheries Management Division requests reactivation and extension of a previously issued permit to construct a square artificial fishing reef centered at 37º 14'24"' N Latitude and 76º 13' 45" W Longitude, that maintains a 15-foot clearance between the reef structures and mean low water, approximately 7.35 miles ENE of Tue Point.

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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